Monday 16 June 2008, by European Justice and Home Affairs
The Council expressed its support to an overall compromise on the proposal for a directive of the EP and of the Council on common standards and procedures in MS for returning illegally staying third-country nationals. It also reached a general approach on a decision laying down the necessary administrative and technical provisions for the implementation of a decision on the stepping up of a cross-border cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism and cross-border crime («Prüm decision»). Regarding counter-terrorism, the Council shared the view of the EU counter-terrorism coordinator on his proposals to concentrate work in the coming months on the prevention of radicalization and on the identification of technical assistance to Northern Africa/Sahel and Pakistan.
Furthermore, the Council reached a general approach on a draft agreement between the EU and Australia on the processing and transfer of EU-sourced PNR data to the Australian customs service, and on a draft framework decision on enhancing the procedural rights of persons and fostering the application of the principle of mutual recognition in respect of decisions rendered in the absence of the person at the trial. Finally, it agreed on the complete abolition of exequatur for the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters relating to maintenance obligations.
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