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Council Decision of 13 September 2010 on the launch of automated data exchange with regard to Vehicle Registration Data (VRD) in Finland (2010/559/EU)

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Council Decision

of 13 September 2010

on the launch of automated data exchange with regard to Vehicle Registration Data (VRD) in Finland

(2010/559/EU)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to Article 25 of Council Decision 2008/615/JHA of 23 June 2008 on the stepping up of cross-border cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism and cross-border crime(1),

Having regard to Article 20 and Chapter 4 of the Annex to Council Decision 2008/616/JHA of 23 June 2008 on the implementation of Decision 2008/615/JHA(2),

Whereas:

(1) According to the Protocol on Transitional Provisions annexed to the Treaty on European Union, to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and to the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community, the legal effects of the acts of the institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the Union adopted prior to the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon are preserved until those acts are repealed, annulled or amended in implementation of the Treaties.

(2) Accordingly, Article 25 of Decision 2008/615/JHA is applicable and the Council must unanimously decide whether the Member States have implemented the provisions of Chapter 6 of that Decision.

(3) Article 20 of Decision 2008/616/JHA provides that decisions referred to in Article 25(2) of Decision 2008/615/JHA are to be taken on the basis of an evaluation report based on a questionnaire. With respect to automated data exchange in accordance with Chapter 2 of Decision 2008/615/JHA, the evaluation report is to be based on an evaluation visit and a pilot run.

(4) According to Chapter 4, point 1.1, of the Annex to Decision 2008/616/JHA, the questionnaire drawn up by the relevant Council Working Group concerns each of the automated data exchanges and has to be answered by a Member State as soon as it believes it fulfils the prerequisites for sharing data in the relevant data category.

(5) Finland has completed the questionnaire on data protection and the questionnaire on Vehicle Registration Data (VRD).

(6) A pilot run has been carried out by Finland with the Netherlands, with a view to evaluating the results of the questionnaire concerning VRD.

(7) An evaluation visit has taken place in Finland and a report on the evaluation visit has been produced by the evaluation team and forwarded to the relevant Council Working Group with a view to evaluating the questionnaire concerning VRD.

(8) An overall evaluation report, summarising the results of the questionnaire, the evaluation visit and the pilot run concerning VRD has been presented to the Council,

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