EU ministers discuss European arrest warrant

The EU interior and justice ministers are
meeting in Brussels on 16 November to finalise the European
arrest warrant and other Europe-wide measures against
terrorism.

The official agenda of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
includes:

  • implementation of conclusions of the European Council
    of Tampere;
  • European arrest warrant and extradition
    procedures;
  • fight against terrorism following the 11 September
    attacks in the US;
  • harmonisation of prison sentences.

The ministers are also expected to agree
on a common definition of terrorism, which is a contentious
issue because some countries believe that a broad
definition could lead to persecution of legitimate
political activity.

 

The leaders of the 15 EU Member States decided at their
informal summit in Ghent on 19 October that the Union
should take further counter-terrorism measures, including a
common European arrest warrant. The arrest warrant would
replace the current inefficient extradition procedures.
Other measures include a common definition of terrorism and
money laundering rules that were given the green light in
the European Parliament on 13 November and now await the
formal decision of the Council.

 

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