Letter from the Home Secretary, the Right
Honourable Jack Straw MP, to the Presidency of the Council (Document
No. 8562/99 ADD 1, SCHENGEN 56)
My letter to Otto Schilly of 20 May enclosed
the United Kingdom's formal application to participate in areas
of the Schengen acquis. I am grateful for the new Presidency's
positive approach to consideration of our application.
We indicated in our application that we would
give further consideration to certain Decisions and Declarations
of the Schengen Executive Committee, listed in part 2 of Annex
1 of the application, which had been received by the United Kingdom
only shortly before the submission of our application.
We have now considered these measures. I would
like to confirm that the United Kingdom wishes to participate
in the following Decisions and Declarations, to the extent that
they are consistent with the terms of our application and the
outcome of negotiations on our participation in the provisions
of the Convention on which they are based:
Sch/Com-ex Decisions (98) 51 rev 3, 52
Sch/Com-ex Decisions (89) 6, 7 rev 2, 8 rev 2, 18
Sch/Com-ex Decision (99) 5
Sch/Com-ex Declaration (99) 2 rev
Sch/Com-ex Decision (98) 26
I would also like to take this opportunity to confirm that
the United Kingdom wishes to include in its application Sch/Com-ex
Decision (99) 1 rev 2 on drug co-operation.
I look forward to the forthcoming consideration of the application
under the Finnish Presidency.
May I also offer my best wishes for the Presidency.
I am copying this letter to Justice Minister, Mr Johannes
Koskinen, to Anita Gradin and Mario Monti in the Commission and
to Charles Elsen in the Council Secretariat.
9 July 1999