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The necessity to have rules at EU level that guarantee the availability of traffic data
for anti-terrorism purposes across the 25 Member States was confirmed by the
European Council in its Declaration on combating terrorism of 25 March 2004.
Following the Madrid terrorist bombings, the European Council instructed the
Council to examine 'proposals for establishing rules on the retention of
communications traffic data by service providers' with a view to adoption in 2005.
The priority attached to adopting an appropriate legal instrument on this subject was
recently confirmed in the Conclusions of the European Council of 16 and 17 June, as
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well as at the special JHA Council meeting of 13 July 2005 following the London