Italy has isolated itself by blocking the
European arrest warrant, expected to be adopted at the EU
summit on 14-15 December at Laeken. France’s Foreign Minister
Hubert Védrine said the other 14 Member States may adopt
the arrest warrant without Italy.
Italy blocked the agreement at the EU Justice and Home
Affairs Council on 6-7 December, disagreeing with the list
of 32 serious cross-border crimes. Rome insists that the
European arrest warrant should only apply to a smaller list
of six crimes.
The Italian government has proposed a
compromise, a list consisting of 16 crimes and provisions
that would delay the implementation of the fast-track
extradition procedures. However, the other 14 Member States
rejected Italy’s proposal.