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Adopted, 20 September 2001 Status information appears at end of document   In the light of the attacks in the United States on 11 September and following on from the decisions taken since the Tampere European Council, the Justice and Home Affairs Council met on Thursday, 20 September 2001 to take

and following on from the decisions taken since the Tampere European Council, the Justice and Home Affairs Council met on Thursday, 20 September 2001 to take the necessary measures to maintain the high...

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Ivan Smyth

of the Convention dealing with confiscation measures and related judicial cooperation were incompatible with the choice of an art 207 tfeu legal base. At the oral hearing stage the Council argued that justice and home affairs matters could never be incidental as this would deprive the uk and

Marko Kmezić

therefore, inter alia , defined cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs as “a priority area” of intervention. The integration process in the Western Balkans became – like the former Eastern Enlargement process – based on the famous Copenhagen criteria, i.e., political, economic and technical

Georgi Dimitrov

protection of the latter has seemed unnecessary because it concerns the civilizational, value and institutional integrity of the member-states. Second, the variety of national specifics in the particular design and concrete practices in the field of justice and home affairs is so vast and essential that any

Imke Kruse and Florian Trauner

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This article offers an analysis of the objective, substance and political implications of EC visa facilitation and readmission agreements. These agreements have gained increasing importance in EU foreign policy making because the EU has started to view visa facilitation regimes not only as a necessary incentive for the signing of a readmission agreement, but also as a means for mitigating the negative side-effects of the Eastern Enlargement. In offering more relaxed travel conditions in exchange for endorsement of an EC readmission agreement and reforms in domestic justice and home affairs, the EU found a new way to pressure for reforms in neighbouring countries while meeting a major source of discontent in these countries. The analysis considers the broader implications of these agreements and argues that even if the facilitated travel opportunities are beneficial for the citizens of the target countries, the positive achievements are undermined by the Schengen enlargement which requires that the new member states tighten up their borders to their neighbours.

Florian Trauner

Intentions I am very pleased and honoured that my monograph, The Europeanisation of the Western Balkans: EU justice and home affairs in Croatia and Macedonia , has been chosen for the debate section of Southeastern Europe . The comments put forward by Georgi Dimitrov and Marko Kmezić are

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Edited by Jan Niessen and Thomas Huddleston

The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) is a unique comparative study on indicators of the legal integration of third-country nationals. Though comparing countries on the basis of various indicator types is common in the private sector and increasingly used in policy areas like development, good governance and equality, the exercise remains relatively new in justice and home affairs. The book lays out the instruments used to construct the MIPEX and then situates the study within current debates on integration indicators and policy evaluation. Each chapter considers what the study’s key findings add to our understanding of the state of integration policy development across Europe and of recent legal and policy trends on anti-discrimination, naturalisation, labour market access, and political participation.