01 March 2002
At the Informal Meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on 13 February the UK government made a commitment to join five other EU governments to introduce the European arrest warrant a year ahead of time - in 2003 rather than the official deadline in 2004. However, the UK government announced on 28 February that it was withdrawing a number of measures from its legislative programme including the introduction of the European arrest warrant. It will now be part of the next "Queen's Speech" in November which means that legislation is unlikely to implemented before 2004.
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