Minister Shatter publishes European Arrest Warrant (Application to Third Countries and Amendment) and Extradition (Amendment) Bill 2011.

Government on 26th July approved the publication of the European Arrest Warrant (Application to Third Countries and Amendment) and Extradition (Amendment) Bill 2011. The Bill was published by Minister Alan Shatter on 10th August. The purpose of the Bill is to provide a mechanism to enable Ireland to give effect in Irish law to Surrender Agreements entered into by the European Union with countries other than Member States of the Union.
The Bill provides that the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, following consultation with the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, may by order apply all or any of the provisions of the European Arrest Warrant Act 2003, which would otherwise apply only to Member States, to a third country where there is an EU Agreement on surrender with that country.

This will enable Ireland to give effect, in Irish law, to the Agreement between the EU and the Republic of Iceland and the Kingdom of Norway on surrender. It will also enable the terms of the European Arrest Warrant Act to be applied to any other countries with which the EU may have surrender agreements in the future, without the need for further primary legislation.

Posted in: Department of Justice & Equality, Legislation
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