TITLE 2

Abolition of checks at internal borders and movement of persons

Chapter 1

Crossing internal frontiers

Article 2

1. Internal borders may be crossed at any point without any checks on persons being carried out.

2. Where public policy or national security so require, however, a Contracting Party may, after consulting the other Contracting Parties, decide that for a limited period national border checks appropriate to the situation will be carried out at internal borders. If public policy or national security require immediate action, the Contracting Party concerned shall take the necessary measures and shall inform the other Contracting Parties thereof at the earliest opportunity.

3. The abolition of checks on persons at internal borders shall not affect either Article 22 below or the exercise of police powers by the competent authorities under each Contracting Party's legislation throughout its territory, or the obligations to hold, carry and produce permits and documents provided for in its legislation.

4. Checks on goods shall be carried out in accordance with the relevant provisions of this Convention.

Chapter 2

Crossing external borders

Article 3

1. External borders may in principle be crossed only at border crossing points during the fixed opening hours. More detailed provisions, and exceptions and arrangements for minor border traffic, as well as the rules applicable to special categories of maritime traffic such as yachting and coastal fishing, shall be adopted by the Executive Committee.

2. The Contracting Parties undertake to introduce penalties for the unauthorized crossing of external borders at places other than crossing points or at times other than the fixed opening hours.

Article 4

1. The Contracting Parties guarantee that as from 1993 passengers on flights from Third States who board internal flights will first be subject, upon arrival, to personal and hand baggage checks in the airport of arrival of their external flight. Passengers on internal flights who board flights bound for Third States, will first be subject, on departure, to personal and hand baggage checks in the airport of departure of their external flight.

2. The Contracting Parties shall take the measures required for checks to be carried out in accordance with paragraph 1.

3. Neither paragraph 1 nor paragraph 2 shall affect checks on registered luggage; such checks shall be carried out either in the airport of final destination or in the airport of initial departure.

4. Until the date laid down in paragraph 1, airports shall, by way of derogation from the definition of internal borders, be considered as external borders for internal flights.

Article 5

1. For visits not exceeding three months entry into the territories of the Contracting Parties may be granted to an alien who fulfils the following conditions:

(a) in possession of a valid document or documents permitting them to cross the border, as determined by the Executive Committee;

(b) in possession of a valid visa if required;

(c) if applicable, submits documents substantiating the purpose and the conditions of the planned visit and has sufficient means of support, both for the period of the planned visit and to return to their country of origin or to travel in transit in a Third State, into which their admission is guaranteed, or is in a position to acquire such means legally;

(d) has not been reported as a person not to be permitted entry;

(e) is not considered to be a threat to public policy, national security or The international relations of any of the Contracting Parties.

2. Entry to the territories of the Contracting Parties must be refused to any alien who does not fulfil all the above conditions unless a Contracting Party considers it necessary to derogate from that principle on humanitarian grounds or in the national interest or because of international obligations. In such cases permission to enter will be restricted to the territory of the Contracting Party concerned, which must inform the other Contracting Parties accordingly.

These rules shall not preclude the application of special provisions concerning the right of asylum or of the provisions of Article 18.

3. An alien who holds a residence permit or a return visa issued by one of the Contracting Parties or, if required, both documents, shall be permitted to enter in transit, unless their name is on the national list of persons reported as not to be refused entry which is held by the Contracting Party at the external borders of which they arrive.

Article 6

1. Cross-border movement at external borders shall be subject to checks by the competent authorities. Checks shall be made in accordance with uniform principles, within the scope of national powers and national legislation, account being taken of the interests of all Contracting Parties throughout the Contracting Parties' territories.

2. The uniform principles referred to in paragraph 1 shall be as follows:

(a) Checks on persons shall include not only the verification of travel documents and of the other conditions governing entry, residence, work and exit but also checks to detect and prevent threats to the national security and public policy of the Contracting Parties. Such checks shall also cover vehicles and objects in the possession of persons crossing the border. They shall be carried out by each Contracting Party in accordance with its legislation, in particular as regards searches.

(b) All persons must be subject to at least one check making it possible to establish their identities on the basis of their presentation of travel documents.

(c) On entry aliens must be subject to a thorough check as defined in (a).

(d) On exit checks shall be carried out as required in the interest of all Contracting Parties under the law on aliens in order to detect and prevent threats to the national security and public policy of the Contracting Parties. Such checks shall be made in all cases in respect of aliens.

(e) If such checks cannot be made because of particular circumstances priorities must be established. In this connection, entry checks shall in principle take priority over exit checks.

3. The competent authorities shall use mobile units to exercise surveillance on external borders between crossing points; the same shall apply to border crossing points outside normal opening hours. This surveillance shall be carried out in such a way as not to encourage people to circumvent the checks at crossing points. The surveillance procedures shall, where appropriate, be fixed by the Executive Committee.

4. The Contracting Parties undertake to deploy enough appropriate officers to conduct checks and maintain surveillance along external borders.

5. An equivalent level of control shall be exercised at external frontiers.

Article 7

The Contracting Parties shall assist each other and shall maintain constant, close co-operation with a view to the effective exercise of checks and surveillance. They shall in particular exchange all relevant, important information, with the exception of data relating to named individuals, unless otherwise provided in this Convention, shall as far as possible harmonize the instructions given to the authorities responsible for checks and shall promote the uniform training and retraining of officers manning checkpoints. Such co-operation may take the form of the exchange of liaison officers.

Article 8

The Executive Committee shall take the necessary decisions relating to the practical procedures for implementing border checks and surveillance.

Chapter 3

Visas

Section 1

Visas for short visits

Article 9

1. The Contracting Parties undertake to adopt a common policy on the movement of persons and in particular on the arrangements for visas. They shall give each other assistance to that end. The Contracting Parties undertake to pursue by common agreement the harmonization of their policies on visas.

2. The visa arrangements relating to Third States, the nationals of which are subject to visa arrangements common to all the Contracting Parties at the time when this Convention is signed or later, may be amended only by common agreement of all the Contracting Parties. A Contracting Party may exceptionally derogate from the common visa arrangements with respect to a Third State for over-riding reasons of national policy that require an urgent decision. It must first consult the other Contracting Parties and, in its decision, must take account of their interests and of the consequences of that decision.

Article 10

1. A uniform visa valid for the entire territory of the Contracting Parties shall be introduced. This visa, the period of validity of which shall be determined by Article 11, may be issued for visits not exceeding three months.

2. Until this visa is introduced the Contracting Parties shall recognize their respective national visas, insofar as these are issued on the basis of common conditions and criteria determined within the framework of the relevant provisions of this Chapter.

3. By way of derogation from paragraphs 1 and 2 above each Contracting Party shall reserve the right to restrict the territorial validity of the visa in accordance with common arrangements determined in the context of the relevant provisions of this Chapter.

Article 11

1. The visa provided for in Article 10 may be:

(a) a travel visa valid for one or more entries, provided that neither the length of a continuous visit nor the total length of successive visits may exceed three months in any half year as from the date of first entry;

(b) a transit visa allowing its holder to pass through the territories of the Contracting Parties once, twice or exceptionally several times en route to the territory of a Third State, provided that no transit shall last longer than five days.

2. Paragraph 1 shall not preclude a Contracting Party from issuing a new visa, the validity of which is limited to its own territory, within the half year in question if necessary.

Article 12

1. The uniform visa provided for in Article 10(1) shall be issued by the diplomatic and consular authorities of the Contracting Parties and, where appropriate, by the authorities of the Contracting Parties designated under Article 17.

2. The Contracting Party competent to issue such a visa shall in principle be that of the principal destination. If this cannot be determined the visa shall in principle be issued by the diplomatic or consular post of the Contracting Party of first entry.

3. The Executive Committee shall specify the implementing arrangements and, in particular, the criteria for determining the principal destination.

Article 13

1. No visa shall be apposed on a travel document that has expired.

2. The period of validity of a travel document must be greater than that of the visa, taking account of the period of use of the visa. It must enable an alien to return to his country of origin or to enter a third country.

Article 14

1. No visa may be apposed to a travel document if that travel document is valid for none of the Contracting Parties. If a travel document is valid only for one Contracting Party or for a number of Contracting Parties the visa to be apposed shall be limited to the Contracting Party or Parties in question.

2. If a travel document is not recognized as valid by one or more of the Contracting Parties a visa may be issued in the form of an authorization in place of a visa.

Article 15

In principle the visas referred to in Article 10 may be issued only if an alien fulfils the conditions of entry laid down in Article 5(1)(a), (c), (d) and (e).

Article 16

If a Contracting Party considers it necessary to derogate, on one of the grounds listed in Article 5(2), from the principle enunciated in Article 15 by issuing a visa to an alien who does not fulfil all the conditions of entry referred to in Article 5(1), the validity of this visa shall be restricted to the territory of that Contracting Party, which must inform the other Contracting Parties accordingly.

Article 17

1. The Executive Committee shall adopt common rules for the examination of applications for a visa, shall ensure their correct implementation and shall adapt them to new situations and circumstances.

2. The Executive Committee shall also specify the cases in which the issue of a visa shall be subject to consultation with the central authority of the Contracting Party to which application is made and, where appropriate, the central authorities of other Contracting Parties.

3. The Executive Committee shall also take the necessary decisions regarding the following points:

(a) the travel documents to which a visa may be apposed;

(b) the bodies responsible for the issue of visas;

(c) the conditions governing the issue of visas at borders;

(d) the form, content, and period of validity of visas and the charges to be imposed for their issue;

(e) the conditions for the extension and refusal of the visas referred to in (c) and (d) above, in accordance with the interests of all the Contracting Parties;

(f) the procedures for the limitation of the territorial validity of visas;

(g) the principles governing the preparation of a common list of aliens reported as not to be permitted entry, without prejudice to Article 96.

Section 2

Visas for long visits

Article 18

Visas for visits of more than three months shall be national visas issued by one of the Contracting Parties in accordance with its own legislation. Such a visa shall enable its holder to transit through the territories of the other Contracting Parties in order to proceed to the territory of the Contracting Party which issued the visa, unless he fails to fulfil the conditions of entry referred to in Article 5(1)(a), (d) and (e) or he is on the national reporting list of the Contracting Party through the territory of which he seeks to transit.

Chapter 4

Conditions governing the movements of aliens

Article 19

1. Aliens holding a uniform visa who have legally entered the territory of a Contracting Party may move freely within the territories of all the Contracting Parties throughout the period of validity of their visas, provided they fulfil the conditions of entry referred to in Article 5(1)(a), (c), (d) and (e).

2. Pending the introduction of a uniform visa, aliens holding a visa issued by one of the Contracting Parties who have legally entered the territory of one Contracting Party may move freely within the territories of all the Contracting Parties during the period of validity of their visa up to a maximum of three months from the date of first entry, provided they fulfil the conditions of entry referred to in Article 5(1)(a), (c), (d) and (e).

3. Paragraphs 1 and 2 shall not apply to visas of which the validity is subject to territorial limitation in accordance with Chapter 3 of this Title.

4. This Article shall apply without prejudice to Article 22.

Article 20

1. Aliens not subject to a visa requirement may move freely within the territories of the Contracting Parties for a maximum period of three months during the six months following the date of first entry, provided they fulfil the conditions of entry referred to in Article 5(1)(a), (c), (d) and (e).

2. Paragraph 1 shall not affect the rights of each Contracting Party to extend beyond three months the visit of an alien within its territory in exceptional circumstances or in implementation of a bilateral agreement concluded before the entry into force of this Convention.

3. This Article shall apply without prejudice to Article 22.

Article 21

1. An alien holding a residence permit issued by one of the Contracting Parties may, under cover of that permit and of a travel document, both documents still being valid, move freely for up to three months within the territories of the other Contracting Parties provided he fulfils the conditions of entry referred to in Article 5(1) (a), (c) and (e) and is not on the national reporting list of the Contracting Party concerned.

2. Paragraph 1 shall also apply to an alien holding a provisional residence permit issued by one of the Contracting Parties and a travel document issued by that Contracting Party.

3. The Contracting Parties shall communicate to the Executive committee a list of the documents which they issue that are valid as residence permits or provisional residence permits and travel documents within the meaning of this Article.

4. This Article shall apply without prejudice to Article 22.

Article 22

1. An alien who has legally entered the territory of one of the Contracting Parties shall be obliged to declare himself, in accordance with the conditions imposed by each Contracting Party, to the competent authorities of the Contracting Party the territory of which he enters. Such declaration may be made, at each Contracting Party's choice, either on entry or, within three working days of entry, within the territory of the Contracting Party which he enters.

2. An alien resident within the territory of one of the Contracting Parties who enters the territory of another Contracting Party shall be subject to the obligation to declare himself referred to in paragraph 1.

3. Each Contracting Party shall enact exceptions to paragraphs 1 and 2 and shall communicate them to the Executive Committee.

Article 23

1. An alien who does not fulfil or who no longer fulfils the short visit conditions applicable within the territory of a Contracting Party must in principle leave the territories of the Contracting Parties without delay.

2. An alien who holds a valid residence permit or temporary residence permit issued by another Contracting Party must enter the territory of that Contracting Party without delay.

3. Where such an alien has not left voluntarily or where it may be assumed that he will not so leave or if his immediate departure is required for reasons of national security or public policy, he must be expelled from the territory of the Contracting Party within which he has been arrested as laid down in the national law of that Contracting Party. If the application of that law does not permit expulsion, the Contracting Party concerned may allow the person concerned to remain within its territory. .

4. Expulsion may be effected from the territory of that State to the alien's country of origin or to any other State to which he may be permitted entry, in particular under the relevant provisions of the re- entry agreements concluded by the Contracting Parties.

5. Paragraph 4 shall not preclude the application of national provisions on the right of asylum, of the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951 relating to the Status of Refugees as amended by the New York Protocol of 31 January 1967, or of paragraph 2 of this Article or Article 33(1) of this Convention.

Article 24

Subject to the Executive Committee's definition of the appropriate practical criteria and arrangements, the Contracting Parties shall compensate each other for any financial imbalances resulting from the compulsory expulsion provided for in Article 23 where such expulsion cannot be effected at the alien's expense.

Chapter 5

Residence permits and reporting as a person not to be permitted entry

Article 25

1. Where a Contracting Party considers issuing a residence permit to an alien who has been reported as a person not to be permitted entry it shall first consult the reporting Contracting Party and shall take account of its interests; the residence permit shall be issued only on serious grounds, in particular of a humanitarian nature or pursuant to international obligations.

If a residence permit is issued the reporting Contracting Party shall withdraw the report but may put the alien concerned on its national reporting list of persons not to be permitted entry.

2. Where it emerges that an alien holding a valid residence permit issued by one of the Contracting Parties has been reported as a person not to be permitted entry the reporting Contracting Party shall consult the Party which issued the residence permit in order to determine whether there are sufficient grounds for the withdrawal of the residence permit.

If the residence permit is not withdrawn the reporting Contracting Party shall withdraw the report but may put the alien in question on its national reporting list.

Chapter 6

Measures relating to organized travel

Article 26

1. Subject to the obligations arising out of their accession to the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951 relating to the Status of Refugees, as amended by the New York Protocol of 31 January 1967, the Contracting Parties undertake to incorporate the following rules in their national legislation:

(a) If an alien is refused entry into the territory of one of the Contracting Parties the carrier which brought him to the external border by air, sea or land shall be obliged to assume responsibility for him again without delay. At the request of the border surveillance authorities the carrier must return the alien to the Third State from which he was transported, to the Third State which issued the travel document on which he travelled or to any other Third State to which he is guaranteed entry.

(b) The carrier shall be obliged to take all necessary measures to ensure that an alien carried by air or sea is in possession of the travel documents required for entry into the territory of the Contracting Parties.

2. The Contracting Parties undertake, subject to the obligations arising out of their accession to the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951 relating to the Status of Refugees, as amended by the New York Protocol of 31 January 1967, and in accordance with their constitutional law, to impose penalties on carriers who transport aliens who do not possess the necessary travel documents by air or sea from a Third State to their territories.

3. Paragraph 1(b) and paragraph 2 shall also apply to carriers of groups by coach over international road links, with the exception of border traffic.

Article 27

1. The Contracting Parties undertake to impose appropriate penalties on any person who, for purposes of gain, assists or tries to assist an alien to enter or reside within the territory of one of the Contracting Parties contrary to the laws of that Contracting Party on the entry and residence of aliens.

2. If a Contracting Party is informed of the facts referred to in paragraph 1 which constitute an infringement of the legislation of another Contracting Party, it shall inform the latter accordingly.

3. Any Contracting Party which requests another Contracting Party to prosecute, on the grounds of the infringement of its own legislation, offences such as those referred to in paragraph 1, must specify, by means of an official denunciation or a certificate from the competent authorities, the provisions of law which have been infringed.

Chapter 7

Responsibility for the processing of applications for asylum

Article 28

The Contracting Parties hereby reaffirm their obligations under the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951 relating to the Status of Refugees as amended by the New York Protocol of 31 January 1967, without any geographical restriction on the scope of those instruments, as also their commitment to co-operate with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the implementation of those instruments.

Article 29

1. The Contracting Parties undertake to process any application for asylum lodged by an alien within the territory of any one of them.

2. This obligation shall not bind a Contracting Party to authorize every applicant for asylum to enter or to remain within its territory.

Every Contracting Party shall retain the right to refuse entry or to expel any applicant for asylum to a Third State on the basis of its national provisions and in accordance with its international commitments.

3. Regardless of the Contracting Party to which an alien addresses an application for asylum, only one Contracting Party shall be responsible for processing that application. It shall be determined by the criteria laid down in Article 30.

4. Notwithstanding paragraph 3 every Contracting Party shall retain the right, for special reasons concerning national law in particular, to process an application for asylum even if under this Convention the responsibility for doing so is that of another Contracting Party.

Article 30

1. The Contracting Party responsible for the processing of an application for asylum shall be determined as follows:

(a) If a Contracting Party has issued to the applicant for asylum a visa of any type, or a residence permit, it shall be responsible for processing the application. If the visa was issued on the authorization of another Contracting Party, the Contracting Party who gave the authorization shall be responsible.

(b) If two or more Contracting Parties have issued to the applicant for asylum a visa of any type or a residence permit, the Contracting Party responsible shall be the one which issued the visa or the residence permit that will expire last.

(c) As long as the applicant for asylum has not left the territory of the Contracting Parties the responsibility defined in accordance with (a) and (b) shall subsist even if the period of validity of the visa of any type or of the residence permit has expired. If the applicant for asylum has left the territory of the Contracting States after the issue of the visa or the residence permit, these documents shall be the basis for the responsibility as defined in (a) and (b) unless they have expired in the interval under national provisions.

(d) If the Contracting Parties exempt the applicant for asylum from the requirement for a visa, the Contracting Party across the external borders of which the applicant for asylum has entered the territory of the Contracting Parties shall be responsible.

Until the harmonization of visa policies is completed, and if the applicant for asylum is exempted from the requirement for a visa by certain Contracting Parties only, the Contracting Party across the external border of which the applicant for asylum has entered the territory of the Contracting Parties by means of an exemption from the requirement of a visa shall be responsible, subject to (a), (b) and (c).

If the application for asylum is submitted to a Contracting Party which has issued a transit visa to the applicant - whether the applicant has passed passport checks or not - and if the transit visa was issued after the country of transit had ascertained from the consular or diplomatic authorities of the Contracting Party of destination that the applicant for asylum fulfilled the conditions for entry into the Contracting Party of destination, the Contracting Party of destination shall be responsible for processing the application.

(e) If the applicant for asylum has entered the territory of the Contracting Parties without being in possession of one or more documents permitting the crossing of the border, determined by the Executive Committee, the Contracting Party across the external borders of which the applicant for asylum has entered the territory of the Contracting Parties shall be responsible.

(f) If an alien whose application for asylum is already being processed by one of the Contracting Parties submits a new application, the Contracting Party responsible shall be the one processing the first application.

(g) If an alien on whose previous application for asylum a Contracting Party has already taken a final decision submits a new application, the Contracting Party responsible shall be the one that processed the previous request unless the applicant has left the territory of the Contracting Parties.

2. If a Contracting Party has undertaken the processing of an application for asylum in accordance with Article 29f4) the Contracting Party responsible under paragraph 1 of the present Article shall be relieved of its obligations.

3. If the Contracting Party responsible cannot be determined by means of the criteria laid down in paragraphs 1 and 2 the Contracting Party to which the application for asylum was submitted shall be responsible.

Article 31

1. The Contracting Parties shall endeavour to determine as quickly as possible which of them is responsible for the processing of an application for asylum.

2. If an application for asylum is addressed to a Contracting Party which is not responsible under Article 30 by an alien resident within its territory that Contracting Party may request the Contracting Party responsible to take responsibility for the applicant for asylum in order to process his application for asylum.

3. The Contracting Party responsible shall be bound to take responsibility for the applicant for asylum referred to in paragraph 2 if the request is made within six months of the submission of the application for asylum. If the request is not made within that time the Contracting Party to which the application for asylum was submitted shall be responsible for processing the application.

Article 32

The Contracting Party responsible for the processing of an application for asylum shall process it in accordance with its national law.

Article 33

1. If an applicant for asylum is illegally within the territory of another Contracting Party while the asylum procedure is in progress the Contracting Party responsible shall be bound to take him back.

2. Paragraph 1 shall not apply where the other Contracting Party has issued an applicant for asylum with a residence permit valid for one year or more. In this case responsibility for the processing of the application shall be transferred to the other Contracting Party.

Article 34

1. The Contracting Party responsible shall be bound to take back an alien whose application for asylum has been finally rejected and who has entered the territory of another Contracting Party without being authorized to reside there.

2. Paragraph 1 shall not, however, apply where the Contracting Party responsible expelled the alien from the territories of the Contracting Parties.

Article 35

1. The Contracting Party which granted an alien the status of refugee and gave him the right of residence shall be bound, provided that those concerned are in agreement, to be responsible for processing any application for asylum made by a member of his family.

2. A family member for the purposes of paragraph 1 shall be the spouse or the unmarried child less than 18 years old of the refugee or, if the refugee is an unmarried child less than 18 years old, his father or mother.

Article 36

Any Contracting Party responsible for the processing of an application for asylum may, on humanitarian grounds based on family or cultural reasons, ask another Contracting Party to assume that responsibility insofar as the person concerned so wishes. The Contracting Party to whom such a request is made shall consider whether it can grant it.

Article 37

1. The competent authorities of the Contracting Parties shall at the earliest opportunity send each other details of:

(a) any new rules or measures adopted as regards the law of asylum or of the treatment of applicants for asylum no later than their entry into force;

(b) statistical data concerning the monthly arrivals of applicants for asylum, indicating the principal countries of origin, and decisions on applications for asylum insofar as they are available;

(c) the emergence of, or significant increases in, certain groups of applicants for asylum and any information available on this subject;

(d) any fundamental decisions as regards the law of asylum.

2. The Contracting Parties shall also guarantee close co-operation in the collection of information on the situation in the countries of origin of applicants for asylum with a view to reaching a common assessment.

3. Any instruction given by a Contracting Party concerning the confidential processing of the information that it communicates must be complied with by the other Contracting Parties.

Article 38

1. Every Contracting Party shall send every other Contracting Party that requests it the information it holds on an applicant for asylum that is necessary for purposes of

2. Such information may concern only

(a) the identity (name and forename, any previous names, appellations or aliases, date and place of birth, present nationality and any previous nationalities of the applicant for asylum and, where appropriate, the members of his family):

(b) the identity and travel documents (references, periods of validity, dates of issue, issuing authorities, place of issue, etc.);

(c) any other particulars necessary for establishing the applicant's identity;

(d) places of residence and the itineraries of journeys;

(e) residence permits or visas issued by a Contracting Party;

(f) the place where the application for asylum was submitted;

(g) where appropriate, the date of submission of any previous application for asylum, the date of submission of the present application, the point reached in the procedure and the import of the decision taken.

3. In addition, a Contracting Party may ask another Contracting Party to inform it of the grounds invoked by an applicant for asylum in support of his application and, where appropriate, the grounds for the decision taken on it. The Contracting Party requested shall consider whether it can comply with the request made to it. In any case the communication of such information shall be subject to the consent of the applicant for asylum.

4. Exchanges of information shall be effected at the request of a Contracting Party and may be effected only between the authorities the designation of which has been communicated by each Contracting Party to the Executive Committee.

5. The information exchanged may be used only for the purposes set out in paragraph 1. Such information may be communicated only to the authorities and jurisdictions responsible for

6. A Contracting Party that communicates information shall ensure it is correct and up to date.

If it emerges that this Contracting Party supplied information that was not correct or should not have been communicated the recipient Contracting Parties shall be informed without delay. They shall be bound to correct that information or to delete it.

7. An applicant for asylum shall be entitled to be informed, at his request, of the information exchanged regarding him as long as it is available.

If he ascertains that this information is incorrect or should not have been communicated he shall be entitled to require its correction or deletion. Corrections shall be effected as laid down in paragraph 6.

8. In each Contracting Party concerned the communication and receipt of information exchanged shall be recorded.

9. Information communicated shall be preserved no longer than the time necessary for the purposes for which it was exchanged. The need for its preservation must be assessed in due course by the Contracting Party concerned.

10. Information communicated shall in any case have at least the same protection as that laid down in the law of the recipient Contracting Party for information of a similar nature. 11. If information is not processed automatically but in another manner each Contracting Party must take appropriate measures to ensure that this Article is complied with by means of effective checks. If a Contracting Party has a service of the type referred to in paragraph 12 it may instruct that service to carry out those checks.

12. If one or more Contracting parties want to computerize the processing of all or part of the information referred to in paragraphs 2 and 3, computerization shall be authorized only if the Contracting Parties concerned have adopted legislation relating to such processing that implements the principles of the Council of Europe Convention of 28 January 1981 for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data and if they have entrusted an appropriate national body with the independent control of the processing and use of data communicated under this Convention.


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