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EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council (Freedom, Security and Justice)

                             2 December 2009, Stockholm

The eleventh meeting of the EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council (PPC) on Freedom,
Security and Justice was held on 2 December 2009 in Stockholm.

At the meeting, the European Union was represented by Ms Beatrice Ask, Minister for Justice
of Sweden, Mr Tobias Billström, Minister for Migration and Asylum Policies of Sweden, Ms
Monique Pariat, Director at the European Commission, and Mr Juan Carlos Campo Moreno,
Secretary of State of the Ministry of Justice of Spain.

The Russian Federation was represented at the meeting by Mr Alexander Konovalov, Special
Envoy of the President of the Russian Federation for Cooperation with the European Union in
the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, Minister of Justice, and Mr Rashid Nurgaliev,
Minister of Interior.

The participants reviewed the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Russia Roadmap
on the Common Space of Freedom, Security and Justice and reiterated their commitment to
continue close cooperation on implementation of all its provisions.

Underlining the respect for the overarching principles for the Common Space that provides a
framework for closer cooperation as well as highlighting the need to achieve concrete and
tangible results for the benefit of citizens on both sides, the participants decided to:

− continue to work towards the full implementation of the EC-Russia visa facilitation and
  readmission agreements in the two joint monitoring committees, which work in a
  constructive atmosphere, while expressing their overall satisfaction with the
  implementation of these agreements;

− discuss possible amendments to the EC-Russia visa facilitation agreement with a view to
  ensuring further mutual travel facilitations for EU and Russian citizens, and in this context
  consider ways of travel facilitations for residents of the Kaliningrad region, while looking
  forward to negotiating and concluding local border traffic agreements between the
  Russian Federation and interested neighbouring EU Member States;

− lend their support for the swift negotiation and conclusion of bilateral implementing
  protocols to the readmission agreement between EU Member States concerned and the
  Russian Federation;

− look forward to the Senior Officials' report on the EU-Russia Visa Dialogue and task them
  to move forward on outstanding issues by the next PPC;

− welcome the Russian proposal on an enhanced EU-Russia dialogue on all migration
  related issues and entrust their officials to reflect on the issue by the next PPC;
− look at possibilities of border cooperation, in particular support further development of
  operational cooperation between the European Agency for the Management of
  Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the EU Member States (FRONTEX)
  and the Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation;

− call for a start of negotiations as soon as possible between Europol and the Russian
  Federation on an operational agreement while ensuring an adequate level of protection of
  personal data which is necessary for enhanced cooperation, and welcome the existing
  mutually beneficial cooperation of Europol and EU Member States' liaison officers with
  Russian law enforcement authorities;

− examine further possibilities to intensify anti-drug cooperation while noting the Russian
  proposal on its formats, expressing their satisfaction with general state of cooperation and
  welcoming the launch of negotiations on an EU-Russia agreement on the control of drugs
  precursors;

− strengthen EU-Russia cooperation in the fight against corruption by intensifying exchange
  of experience and best practices, including through a possible organisation of a joint
  expert seminar;

− further enhance EU-Russia cooperation against cybercrime and trafficking in human
  beings while taking note of the outcomes of recent events;

− actively contribute to solving existing problems in the field of EU-Russia judicial
  cooperation in criminal matters, while noting the outcomes of the expert seminar
  organised by Eurojust, and instruct the relevant experts to intensify work on a cooperation
  agreement between Eurojust and the Russian Federation; and

− explore all possibilities to strengthen judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.

The incoming Spanish EU Presidency informed about its priorities and expressed readiness to
develop further constructive cooperation between the EU and Russia in the field of freedom,
security and justice.

The EU and the Russian Federation agreed to hold the twelfth meeting of the EU-Russia PPC
on Freedom, Security and Justice in the first half of 2010 in Russia.


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