The European Commission has said that Croatia could face legal action for its failure to apply EU extradition law.
The country may receive cuts in the financial aid it is due to receive from the European Union or discussions could be delayed on the country’s entry into the Schengen travel zone if it does not change its legislation.
European Commission spokesperson, Mina Andreeva said that the “infringement of EU law goes at the heart of European judicial cooperation. That is why Vice-President Viviane Reding will therefore bring this matter to the attention of the entire College of Commissioners next week at the first formal meeting,” she added.
On August 23, the Croatian Prime Minister, Zoran Milanovic agreed to respect an EU arrest warrant for a former Yugoslav head of the secret service wanted in Germany, however demanded a broader debate on the subject within member states.
Days before entry into the European Union, Zagreb changed its laws to prevent authorities from extraditing suspects of crimes committed before 2002, when EU rules were changed. This would potentially protect suspects from Croatia’s 1991 to 1995 independence war from facing inquiries in another member state.