EU preparing sanctions for new member Croatia

PARIS (AP) — The European Union’s newest member, Croatia, is facing imminent EU sanctions over a new law banning extradition of suspected criminals.

Such sanctions could involve suspending EU funds for Croatia’s border controls. They would be an embarrassment for the Balkan country just two months after it joined the bloc.

The law was adopted just a day before Croatia formally became an EU member on July 1. It prohibits Croatian citizens from being extradited to foreign countries, which goes against EU practice.

Mina Andreeva, spokeswoman for the EU justice commissioner, said Monday that the European Commission is preparing the sanctions this week.

Andreeva said that despite sustained pressure on Croatia since it joined, “we have not seen a response” that satisfies the EU demands for an “unconditional change” of the law.

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