Thursday, 10 December 2009

EU-USA Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance

The Agreements on Extradition and on Mutual Legal Assistance between the European Union and the United States of America, both signed in Washington DC on 25 June 2003 enter into force on 1 February 2010.



A notice by the Council with regard to the entry into force of the EU-USA agreements was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) 10.12.2009 L 323/11.

For the substance of the matter, we go back some six years. The Council decision presents the context of judicial cooperation between the European Union and the United States:



COUNCIL DECISION of 6 June 2003 concerning the signature of the Agreements between the European Union and the United States of America on extradition and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters (2003/516/EC), published OJEU 19.7.2003 L 181/25.


The annexed Agreements contain the applicable provisions:



AGREEMENT on extradition between the European Union and the United States of America, published OJEU 19.7.2003 L 181/27.




AGREEMENT on mutual legal assistance between the European Union and the United States of America, published OJEU 19.7.2003 L 181/34.




Ralf Grahn



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