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The External Dimension of the European Union’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice

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Marise Cremona, Jörg Monar and Sara Poli

During the last decade the rapid growth of justice and home affairs as an internal policy making domain of the European Union has led to the Union emerging as an increasingly important international actor in this field.
This book covers the institutional and legal framework of the external dimension of EU justice and home affairs; issues of policy interaction as well as specific challenges; policy responses and results in the fields of migration policy; judicial cooperation; counter-terrorism; and cooperation with major international partners.
Taking into account the changes introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon as well as the priorities set by the 2010-2014 Stockholm Programme the book provides an in-depth exploration of the political and legal dynamics of a major new dimension of the EU.

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Preface (Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba) 17

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17 Preface Alfredo PÉREZ RUBALCABA Minister of the Interior of the Kingdom of Spain and President-in-Office of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council On the first of January 2010, the fourth Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union began. That same day, we were celebrat- ing the twenty-fifth anniversary of our entrance into the European Community. This is, therefore, a special occasion for our country which, at a time of particular interest for Europe, we would like to share openly and transparently with our fellow European citizens. In the same spirit, we present this publication on the external dimen- sion of home affairs in the European Union, and it is a satisfaction for me to offer this preface: this set of texts reflects the rigour of its editors, and of the centres that have supported its publishing, the two principal schools of thought on European construction: the College of Europe in Bruges, and the European University Institute in Florence. I would like to take advantage of this opportunity to express to the academic world the major pillars sustaining our actions in the area of home affairs during this Presidency, which, together with the adoption of the Stockholm Programme, is marked by the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the appointment of the new European Commission, and the recent beginning of another legislature of the European Parliament. We are also facing the challenge of developing a joint programme of Presidencies for an 18-month period, which involves...

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