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Exchange of information to combat counterfeit travel documents

To curb the counterfeiting of travel documents and related crime by setting up a system for the exchange of information between Member States on false travel documents.


Council Decision of 27 March 2000 on the improved exchange of information to combat counterfeit travel documents [Official Journal L 81 of 01.04.2000]


The decision makes provision for the use of a reporting system for detecting counterfeit travel documents. This system should make it easier to:

  • Detect counterfeit travel documents on inspection;
  • Search for stolen travel documents.

The central unit of each Member State will without delay exchange information on counterfeit and stolen travel documents with the central unit of each other Member State by using the standard form attached to the Council decision.
It will also notify the General Secretariat of the Council.

The exchange of information will not include personal details.

A questionnaire attached to the Council decision (Annex II) will be used for the purposes of the uniform collection of information which may be required for subsequent criminal proceedings relating to counterfeit travel documents. Data will be communicated in accordance with national law and international conventions.


ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Decision of 27 March, 200001.07.2000-Official Journal L 81 of 01.04.2000
Last updated: 14.07.2006
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