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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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PART SEVEN. CONCLUSION

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PART SEVEN CONCLUSION 409 CHAPTER 15 The Outcomes of the External Dimension of the AFSJ Forms, Effectiveness, Prospects and Specificity Jörg MONAR 1. Introduction The external dimension of the AFSJ has clearly developed into a ma- jor dimension of the construction of this “area” as a whole. A simple figure can demonstrate this: during 2010 the JHA Council formally adopted 114 texts and of these 26 dealt with external relations aspects.1 The external dimension of the AFSJ thus accounted for nearly a quarter of the texts which passed the JHA Council during the year, an indicator of importance which is all the more remarkable if one takes into account that ten years ago what used to be “cooperation in the fields of justice and home affairs” still had hardly any external dimension worth men- tioning. Perhaps even more significant is the fact that the Union has been recognised and accepted as an international actor in this domain. A recent example of the extent of this recognition is the very strong inter- est of the US Administration in concluding with the EU an agreement on the exchange of financial messaging data which would give US authorities access to European SWIFT financial transaction data handled by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication for the purposes of the US Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme, which in February 2010 even led to an unprecedented lobbying of the European Parliament not to reject the provisional agreement signed by the US State and Treasury Secretaries.2...

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