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The European Commission will apply sanctions on Croatia if it does not rapidly amend its constitution to conform to European regulations regarding arrest warrants.

Under Article 39 of the Accession Treaty, sanctions against Croatia could include being denied European aid of €80m to help prepare the country's entry into the Schengen Area, explains Croatian daily Večernji list.

At the end of August, Zagreb bowed to pressure from Brussels, and the government plans to propose an emergency bill to Parliament this week. However, if it is approved, the change to the law will not go into effect until July 15, 2014: a delay that the Commission has deemed to be too long.