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Trevi Group

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what discussions the Trevi group of Ministers has had about arranging exchanges with officials from EEC states in order to obtain information on law enforcement, legal systems and innovations in technology;(2) what discussions the Trevi group of Ministers has had about introducing uniform legal provisions in the relevant parts of domestic law in each member state of the EEC;(3) what discussions the Trevi group of Ministers has had about EEC co-operation at frontiers and borders in relation to

(a) problems of illegal immigration, (b) crossing common land when following suspects of serious crime and (c) the possibility of a new treaty to deal with these problems.

The position reached by Trevi in discussing matters of police co-operation among European Community member states is recorded in the programme of action approved in Dublin on 15 June, a copy of which is in the Library. Problems of illegal immigration are primarily a matter for the EC ad hoc immigration working group, which is currently considering a draft convention on the crossing of external frontiers of the Community.