Select Committee on European Union Ninth Report


A8 countries (the A8)  the ten Member States which acceded to the EU in May 2004, less Cyprus and Malta

ACPO        Association of Chief Police Officers

Article 29 Committee  the Data Protection Working Party established under Article 29 of the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC

Article 36 Committee  a Committee of senior officials responsible for coordinating activities in the field of justice and home affairs, established under Article 36 TEU

Convention 108  Council of Europe Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data

CPS        Crown Prosecution Service

C.SIS        Schengen Information System, central section

DCA        Department for Constitutional Affairs

"the Decision"  Council Decision on the establishment, operation and use of the Second Generation Schengen Information System (SIS II)

DG JLS  Directorate-General Justice Freedom and Security of the Commission

DPA 1998      Data Protection Act 1998

DPFD        Data Protection Framework Decision

Dublin Regulation  Council Regulation (EC) 343/2003 of 18 February 2003 establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an asylum application lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national (OJ 2003 L 50/1)

EAW        European Arrest Warrant

EDPS        European Data Protection Supervisor

EC        European Community

ECJ        European Court of Justice

EU        European Union

Eurodac  Computerised EU database for storing the fingerprints of asylum applicants

Eurojust  EU agency composed of prosecutors and judges of Member States, set up to help in the investigation of serious cross-border crime

Europol  European Police Office, set up under a Convention between Member States

Eurostat      European Statistical Office

Frontex  European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States

G6 ministers  the ministers of the interior of the six largest Member States: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Poland

G6 meetings      the regular six-monthly meetings of the G6 ministers

ICO        Information Commissioner's Office

ILPA        Immigration Law Practitioners' Association

JHA        Justice and Home Affairs

JSA  Joint Supervisory Authority: the authority set up under Article 115 of the Schengen Convention to supervise the technical  support of the SIS

LIBE Committee  Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament

MDG  Council Multi-Disciplinary Group on Organised Crime

Meijers Committee  Standing Committee of Experts on International Immigration, Refugee and Criminal Law

N.SIS        Schengen Information System, national section

PNC        Police National Computer

PNR Agreement    Passenger Name Record Agreement

Prüm Convention  Convention between Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Austria on the stepping up of cross-border cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism, cross-border crime and illegal immigration

QMV        Qualified Majority Voting

"the Regulation"  Regulation (EC) No 1987/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on the establishment, operation and use of the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II)
(OJ L381/4 of 28 December 2006)

Schengen acquis  The Schengen Agreement, the Schengen Convention, and all the instruments adopted under them (published in OJ L 239 of 22 September 2000)

Schengen Agreement  the 1985 Agreement between Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands on the gradual abolition of checks at their common borders

Schengen Convention  the 1990 Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement

SIRENE  Supplementary Information Request at the National Entry

SIS/SIS I      Schengen Information System

SIS II        Second generation Schengen Information System

SIS one4all  Proposal to allow the SIS to be adapted to include the A8

SOCA        Serious Organised Crime Agency

TEC        Treaty establishing the European Community

TEU        Treaty establishing the European Union

VIS        Visa Information System

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