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Parliamentary questions
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14 September 2018
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003124/2018

For offences other than those covered by the list of 32 crimes provided for by Article 2(2) of the framework Decision on the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), the executing State may decide that surrender will be subject to the condition that the acts for which the EAW has been issued equally constitute an offence under the law of the executing State(1). The framework Decision also allows executing authorities to refuse to execute an EAW based on the mandatory and non-mandatory grounds as specified in Articles 3, 4 and 4a.

The outcome of this process may differ from one Member State to another depending on whether the charges as imposed by the issuing State constitute a criminal offence in the executing State and whether that Member State decides to make use of its discretionary power to invoke an optional ground for refusal or not.

The assessment to surrender a person under national rules implementing the EAW is an entirely judicial one, based on the particular circumstances of each individual.

The Commission is currently performing a compliance study of the national laws implementing the framework Decision, which will be finalised by mid-2019.

(1)Article 2(4) of the framework Decision.

Last updated: 14 September 2018Legal notice