The European Commission has today published a report into the implementation of the European Arrest Warrant which has been in place since 2004.
The report urges EU countries to stop using the European Arrest Warrant for petty crimes such as bicycle theft as this is leading to a huge increase in the number of EAWs being issued - currently 1000 a month across the EU.
Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford commented:
"The European Arrest Warrant has proved a crucially successful tool in combating crime in a border-free Europe. It has allowed prosecutors to quickly extradite terrorists such as the 2005 London would-be bomber as well as suspected drug smugglers and child sex offenders."