MEMBER STATES' OBLIGATION TO TRANSMIT
INFORMATION ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND FACILITATOR NETWORKS
Draft initiative by the Federal Republic of Germany for the adoption of a Council Decision on Member States' obligation to transmit information on illegal immigration and facilitator networks pursuant to an early warning system.
|Legal base:||Articles 66 and 67(1) EC; consultation; unanimity
|Basis of consideration:||Minister's letter of 30 January 2002
|Previous Committee Report:||HC 152-i (2001-02), paragraph 4 (18 July 2001)
|To be discussed in Council:||Not applicable
|Committee's assessment:||Legally and politically important
9.1 This proposal aims to improve an existing early warning
system by making the exchange of information on illegal immigration
and facilitator networks compulsory.
9.2 When we last considered the proposal, in July, we
noted that it was still at an early stage, and decided to keep
the document under scrutiny until we knew more about how successful
the Government had been on two negotiating points.
The Minister's letter
9.3 The Minister has now written to tell us that the
proposal is not being proceeded with. The decision was taken before
detailed negotiations began, and there was therefore no opportunity
for the UK to raise any particular issues.
9.4 The Minister continues:
"As you will no doubt be aware however the Commission has
recently presented a Communication on a Common Policy for Illegal
of the proposals in this Communication is to send early warnings
by email rather than fax and to develop the EWS [Early Warning
System] into a secure intranet site ... I am able to advise you
that the UK fully supports the initiative to develop the EWS in
such a way."
9.5 We thank the Minister for informing us that this
proposal is not being proceeded with, and for alerting us to possible
new developments of the Early Warning System. We clear the document.
(22998) 14239/01; see paragraph 11 of this report. Back