EU: Implementation of EU Action Plan to combat terrorism

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1) A useful summary of the: Implementation of the legislative instruments as at 24 November 2006

2) Six monthly report on the Action Plan to combat terrorism this is a commentary and includes the following: a) progress on implementing the European arrest warrant has been "slow and uneven" and progress "slow and uncertain" on the European Evidence Warrant proposal and on cross-border police cooperation - noting that these proposals "have a wider application than counter terrorism"; b) Eighteen member states, plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, have started introducing RFID chips with a copy of the normal passport photo (not, as stated, a "biometric passport"); c) a budget of 1400 million euro has been earmarked for "security-related research"; and d) discussions in the Council on the "principle of availability" have been "suspended" as the incoming German Council Presidency wants to incorporate "aspects of the Prum Treaty into the Union framework" - Comment: discussion on the Commission proposal for the "principle of availability" may have been suspended but is it contaminating a whole series of individual measures.

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