The President of Eurojust, Ms Michèle Coninsx, yesterday (10 December) gave evidence via videolink to the House of Lords Select Committee examining Extradition Law on the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). Ms Coninsx’s session begins at 10.14 on the video, which can be viewed here.
The following questions were asked by the Lords:
- whether the principle of mutual recognition, on which EAWs rely, is fundamentally flawed due to a gulf in standards of justice across the EU;
- Eurojust’s viewpoint on suggestions that the EAW is being used incorrectly by some Member States (using it as a first option rather than as a last resort as originally intended);
- whether implementing some of the proposed flanking measures, such as the European Supervision Order and the Roadmap on procedural rights measures, would help the workings of the EAW system if they were implemented by all Member States; and
- the likelihood of the issues mentioned by Eurojust in its written evidence being dealt with by way of soft law measures rather than by legislative changes by all EAW States.
Eurojust recently published an edition of Eurojust News on the EAW and held a Strategic Seminar in June 2014, the Final Report and Conclusions of which can be found here. More information on Eurojust and the EAW can be found in its Annual Report.
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