European arrest warrants issued more common law instrument in EU

Photo: EPA The European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourova

Today, the European Commission releases key statistics on the European arrest warrant. Accordng to data, with 16,636 warrants issued in 2016 and 17,491 in 2017, the European arrest warrant is the most used EU instrument of judicial cooperation in criminal matters since its launch in 2004.

The data also shows that in total, in 2017, over 7,000 people suspected of serious crime and terrorism were surrendered across borders. In terms of procedure, from the arrest to the decision on surrender, it takes on average 15 days when the person consents to their surrender and 40 days when the person does not consent. Even if the duration of surrender procedures varies greatly between EU countries, it has significantly decreased on average. 

“Thanks to the European arrest warrant, EU citizens are living in a safer place. No matter where criminals and terrorists hide in Europe, they will be brought to justice," Vera Jourova, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality said.

"This example shows that the EU is based on mutual trust and the rule of law. Its success relies on good cooperation of European and national authorities," she added.

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