EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 18 September 2007, Brussels

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Final press release, 18 September 2007 (pdf)

Background Note (pdf) B Points Agenda (pdf) A Points Agenda (pdf)

Residence permits: The Council agreed a "general approach", see: EU doc no: 12725/1/07 Rev 1 (pdf). This the fingerprinting of all residence third country nationals (just over 18 million people) and the use of the "chip" to include "e-government" (right to health, social security, etc) and "e-business" "services" as well as "additional provisions". Despite early differences between the EU governments the "hawks" have won:

"The capture of fingerprints is compulsory as of the age of six years of age"

See: Resident third country nationals - biometric residence permits (link)

Other items to be discussed/adopted:

- Draft Council Conclusions on further reinforcing the EU's Southern Maritime Borders (pdf)

- Council Decision on the stepping up of cross-border cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism and cross-border crime (Prum, pdf)

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