EU legal experts meeting in Brussels on 4 September stated that the Union cannot guarantee the US blanket immunity from prosecution before the International Criminal Court. They did, however, begin to formulate a common compromise.
EU legal experts compromise proposal would limit the scope of the immunity deals to US military personnel and officials. They argue that US citizens would not have impunity and would instead be prosecuted by national courts if charged.
They also propose that immunity agreements should not be reciprocal, and Europeans would still be extradited by the US for prosecution before the ICC.
Consultations will continue on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York. EU Foreign Ministers will discuss the issue with the US Secretary of State Colin Powell and their colleagues from the candidate countries.