EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 5-6 October 2006 in Luxembourg

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Press release for 5-6 October (pdf)

5 October 2006: JHA Council adopts Conclusions on SIS II and SIS These confirm the long delay in implementing the Schengen Information System (SIS II) with the new hoped for date being June 2008 - such is the delay that the Commission's mandate has had to be extended "beyond 31 December 2006". The "re-scheduling" is set out in EU doc no 12379/06 (pdf). The Conclusions gloss over what has been months of very heated comment directed at the Commission - this is reflected in EU doc no 12835/06 (18 September 2006). The delay most affects the ten new member states as "the lifting of controls at the internal land, sea and air borders" for the Schengen area cannot happen until they are taking part in the SIS.

B-points agenda

A-points agenda

Background paper

Draft Council Conclusions on reinforcing the southern external maritime border (pdf)

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