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Tampere EU Summit

The five-year agenda, agreed at the Tampere EU Summit of 1999, set out the basis for the EU's goal of constructing an 'Area of Freedom, Security and Justice' across the EU.

Oct. 1999

Eurojust Establishment

Eurojust is the EU's judicial cooperation unit. It has established contact points in many non-EU countries.

10 May 2005

Launch of the Hague programme 2005-2010

This was a five-year programme for closer cooperation in justice and home affairs (JHA) in the EU from 2005 to 2010. The programme's main focus was on setting up a common immigration and asylum policy for the 27 EU countries.

Dec. 2009

Stockholm Programme

This is a five-year programme, proposed under the Swedish EU Presidency, with guidelines for justice and home affairs (JHA) in the EU from 2010 to 2015. It replaces the former Hague programme, and adds an external relations dimension.

1 Dec. 2009

Entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon

The Treaty of Lisbon contains important institutional innovations that impact on EU Justice relations with third countries.

3 Dec. 2010

Personal data agreement to fight terrorism or crime

EU Justice Ministers approved the start of talks between the EU and the United States on a personal data protection agreement when cooperating to fight terrorism or crime.