European Commission on Croatia’s implementation of the European Arrest Warrant

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Croatia, who joined the EU on 1 July, is already entangled in a major conflict with the European Commission. In late June, Zagreb changed its legislation, not allowing the European Arrest Warrant to apply for crimes committed before 2002.
Commission Vice President Viviane Reding wrote to Zagreb, warning that the country could lose EU funds if it did not change its new law.

But Croatia, which recently became the 28th EU member state, does not appear to want to take any risks that the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is used against top military and officials who participated in the Yugoslav wars. A deadline to respond to Reding’s letter expired at midnight on 24 August.

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