Rådsvedtak 2005/267/EF av 16. mars 2005 om opprettelse av et sikkert, webbasert informasjons- og koordineringsnettverk for medlemsstatenes migrasjonsmyndigheter
Council Decision 2005/267/EC of 16 March 2005 establishing a secure web-based Information and Coordination Network for Member States’ Migration Management Services
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Reinforcing the fight against illegal immigration –Secure web-based network for the coordination and exchange of information on irregular migration
A few days ago the Commission adopted a Decision laying down detailed rules for the implementation of the Council Decision establishing a secure web-based Information and Coordination Network for Member States’ Migration Management Services. The purpose of this Decision is to ensure an effective development of this network – known as ICONET – in practice, in particular the rapid exchange of relevant information required by the Member States’ Migration Management Services in their fight against illegal immigration.
Vice-President Franco Frattini, Commissioner responsible for Justice, Freedom and Security, said: “This IT-based network is a modern 21st century tool, which provides an important platform for the exchange of strategical, tactical and operational information concerning illegal migratory movements in the EU. The use of such a network is, therefore, an indispensible element in the EU’s efforts to combat illegal immigration more effectively.”
The network enables Member States to transmit confidentially early warning messages relating to illegal immigration, in particular, to first indications of illegal immigration and facilitator networks, perceptible changes in routes and methods or other events and incidents which herald new developments. The network can also be a useful tool for enhancing co-operation among immigration liaison officers posted abroad by the Member States by providing for easy access to all relevant information with regard to their activities. For the time being it is not envisaged – for technical and legal reasons – to exchange personal data via the Network.
The Council’s comprehensive plan to combat illegal immigration and trafficking in human beings, which was adopted on 28 February 2002, provided a clear mandate to develop a web-based secure intranet site enabling Member States to report incidents and new trends in the field of illegal migration instantly. Based on a proposal from the Commission, on 16 March 2005, the Council adopted Council Decision 2005/267/EC establishing a secure web-based Information and Coordination Network for Member States’ Migration Management Services.
The Council Decision requires the Commission to establish implementing rules on a series of practical issues. With the recently adopted decision, the Commission has therefore laid down procedural rules regarding access to ICONET, confidentiality, transmission, storage, modification, archiving and deletion of information. The Commission shall supervise the content of the network and shall delete any information that does not comply with relevant provisions of Community or national law, in particular, in the field of data protection.
On 10 October 2005, the Commission also proposed the establishment of a mutual information procedure between those in charge of migration and asylum policy in the Member States as regards national measures taken in these policy areas which could affect other Member States. Unlike the ICONET, this proposed system does not serve the purpose to exchange operational information in a secure way but to ensure a timely exchange of strategic information on national measures Member States are preparing or about to take in the areas of asylum and immigration.
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