Croatia "to move fast" to avoid EU sanctions

ZAGREB -- Croatia "will move fast to amend its extradition law to avoid possible EU sanctions," Reuters quoted "public radio" on Friday.

The reports come weeks after a legislative change "that protected veterans of its 1991-95 war from prosecution abroad," the news agency said.

Sources in the European Commission told Reuters on Thursday it might punish Croatia as early as next week because of a row over the extradition rules, which has marred the first months of its EU membership.

Sanctions would threaten the EU's aid program including the border control improvements vital to the country's bid to join the Schengen zone, the sources said.

According to the radio, the government will propose changes to the extradition law next week and parliament could approve them before the end of this month.