The aim is to avoid cases of impunity like that of Carles Puigdemont European Parliament elects Javier Zarzalejos to draft the proposal for the revision of the European arrest warrant

18/12/2019

The European Parliament has elected PP member, Javier Zarzalejos to draft a proposal to revise the European arrest warrant, the EU’s main instrument for judicial cooperation in combating serious crime.

The decision was taken by the Conference of Presidents - the main decision-making body of the European Parliament - after the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, where the revision of the European arrest warrant will take place, assigned this dossier to the Group of the European People's Party.

The aim of the revision of the European arrest warrant is to improve its application and correct the shortcomings detected since its creation in 2004, which have allowed cases such as that of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium at the end of 2017 despite the Europeans arrest warrants issued by the Spanish justice system.

The report to be drafted by Javier Zarzalejos and expected to be approved by 2020 will be sent to the European Commission to implement the necessary reforms. The European Commission itself pointed out this year that between 2005 and 2016 only one in three European arrest warrant issued by EU member countries were executed.

“It is necessary to work on improving the procedure for executing the European arrest warrant, because deficient implementation can lead to cases of impunity such as that of Carles Puigdemont”, explained Javier Zarzalejos.

"We must succeed in strengthening the principle of mutual trust between the judicial systems of European countries in order to prevent any alleged offender from being able to move freely around Europe when there are court rulings requesting their arrest," added.

Zarzalejos also recalled that since 2017 the PP had asked the European institutions to review the functioning of the European arrest warrant, so the beginning of this process is "very positive news".

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