|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 71|
Council Decision of 7 March 2019 on the signing of a Protocol to the 2004 Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation concerning the criteria and mechanisms for establishing the state responsible for examining a request for asylum lodged in a Member State or in Switzerland.
In May 2014 Denmark, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland confirmed their interest in entering into negotiations with the European Union to extend the law enforcement provisions of Regulation (EU) No 603/2013 to them via an international agreement.
Negotiations with Switzerland and Liechtenstein were opened in December 2015 and a Protocol to the 2004 Agreement was initialled on 22 November 2017. The objective of the Protocol is to establish legally binding rights and obligations to ensure the effective participation of Switzerland and Liechtenstein in the law enforcement elements of Regulation (EU) No 603/2013.
Regulation (EU) No 603/2013 concerning the establishment of Eurodac for the comparison of fingerprints for the effective application of the Dublin Convention was adopted and entered into force on 19 July 2013. The Regulation allows, inter alia, for the consultation of Eurodac by law enforcement authorities for the purpose of prevention, detection and investigation of terrorist offences and other serious criminal offences.
Switzerland and Liechtenstein already apply the asylum elements of Regulation (EU) No 603/2013 in line with the 2004 Agreement and its 2008 Protocol on the accession of Liechtenstein to the Agreement. However, the law enforcement access to Eurodac falls outside the scope of the said Agreement and Protocol.
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs|
|Subject Tags||Police | Judicial Cooperation|
|Countries / Regions||Liechtenstein, Switzerland|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|