Written statement to Parliament

European Union opt-in decision: EURODAC Regulation

This speech was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This written ministerial statement was laid in the House of Commons on 19 October 2012 by Mark Harper and the House of Lords by Lord Taylor…

This written ministerial statement was laid in the House of Commons on 19 October 2012 by Mark Harper, and in the House of Lords by Lord Taylor of Holbeach.

The UK has opted in to the EURODAC Regulation which meets the criteria set out in the Coalition Agreement with regard to EU justice and home affairs measures.

The Regulation will govern the operation of the EURODAC fingerprint database, which collects the fingerprints of asylum seekers, and certain illegal entrants to the EU, in order to help Member States determine who is responsible under the Dublin Regulation for dealing with an asylum claim. The government is committed to the Dublin system, of which EURODAC is an essential part, as it helps tackle the problem of people abusing asylum systems across Europe by making multiple claims in different EU Member States.

The government will continue to consider the application of the UK’s right to opt in to forthcoming EU legislation in the area of justice and home affairs on a case by case basis, with a view to maximising our country’s security, protecting Britain’s civil liberties and enhancing our ability to control immigration.

Date: Fri Oct 19 11:22:40 BST 2012