The European Arrest Warrant — A Victim of its Own Success?

AuthorKaren Weis
Date01 June 2011
Published date01 June 2011
Subject MatterAnalysis and Opinions
124 Intersentia
K W*
is article c ritically analyses the recent eor ts of the European Union to deal with the
problem of disproportionate Eu ropean Arrest Warrants.
Before tack ling the quest ion, it is helpf ul to study the press releas e of the European
Commission of 11 April 2011.
Here it is in full:
Report from the Comm ission on the implementation since 2007 of t he European
arrest warra nt – Press Release IP/11/454
Brussels, 11 April 2011
European arrest warra nt ghts cross-border cri me, but EU Member States can
improve how it is used, Commission report says
Europeans h ave the right to travel freely within the EU for work, study or holidays.
But open borders should not allow cri minals to evade justice simply by t ravelling to
another Member State. e European ar rest warrant – in eect since 2004 – provide s
an ecient tool for extradit ing people suspected of an oence from one EU country to
another, so that cr iminals have no hiding place i n Europe. For example, doz ens of
suspected drug smugglers, murderers and child sex crime oenders have been brought
back to the UK from Spain than ks to the system. While there are many successes, EU
Member States can improve how the system – which is based on mutua l condence
between nationa l judicial system s – operates, t he European Commi ssion found in a
report released today. Member States should use the European a rrest warrant with
due regard to fundamental r ights and the actual need for ext radition in each case.
* Researcher Vrije Unive rsiteit Brussel, Membe r of the Brussels University Alli ance Research Group
on European Cri minal Law (RECL).

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