Seville European Council, Presidency Conclusions (21 and 22 June 2002)

During the Seville European Council, held on 21 and 22 June 2002, a number of measures are discussed and approved, many of which concern the final phase of the enlargement negotiations. The European Council also approves the Presidency report on the European Security and Defence Policy and underlines the need for swift implementation of the programme adopted in Tampere in order to create an area of freedom, security and justice in the European Union. It highlights the progress that has been made on various fronts, emphasising the importance of the plan to combat illegal immigration, the plan for the management of external borders and the Directive which sets the minimum standards for the admittance of asylum seekers to Member States. At the same time, the European Council reaffirms the need to address and resolve the root causes of illegal immigration by promoting economic cooperation, trade expansion, development assistance and conflict prevention. Furthermore, it broaches the threat of terrorism, adopting a Declaration on how to tackle this ‘scourge’.

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Source: Council of the European Union. Seville European Council 21 and 22 June 2002 Presidency Conclusions. 13463/02, POLGEN 52. Brussels: 24.10.2002., 42 p.

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