Measure Implementation

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This measure can be conducted in the framework of international police cooperation.

Legal Framework

International legal framework applicable for this measure in your Member State

Articles 41, 42 and 43 of the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement of 14 June 1985 between the Governments of the States of the Benelux Economic Union, the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Republic on the gradual abolition of checks at their common borders prescribe the hot pursuit as a form of international police cooperation: Officers of one of the Contracting Parties who are pursuing in their country an individual caught in the act of committing or of participating in one of the prescribed offences (murder, manslaughter, rape, arson, forgery of money, aggravated burglary and robbery and receiving stolen goods, extortion, kidnapping and hostage taking, trafficking in human beings, illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, breach of the laws on arms and explosives, willful damage through the use of explosives, illicit transportation of toxic and hazardous waste, failure to stop and give particulars after an accident which has resulted in death or serious injury and extraditable offences) are authorized to continue pursuit in the territory of the Republic of Croatia without its prior authorisation where, given the particular urgency of the situation, it is not possible to notify the competent authorities of the Republic of Croatia or where these authorities are unable to reach the scene in time to take over the pursuit. The same shall apply where the person being pursued has escaped from provisional custody or while serving a sentence involving deprivation of liberty. The pursuing officers shall, not later than when they cross the border, contact the competent authorities of the Republic Croatia. The hot pursuit will cease as soon as the Contracting Party in whose territory the pursuit is taking place so requests. Hot pursuit shall be carried out only under the general conditions prescribed by the article 41 para 5 of the Schengen Convention. A person who has been arrested by the competent Croatian authorities may, whatever that person's nationality, be held for questioning in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Croatian Criminal Procedure Act. If the person is not a Croatian national he/she shall be released no later than six hours after the arrest was made, not including the hours between midnight and 9.00 a.m., unless the competent Croatian authorities have previously received an European arrest warrant or international wanted notice. During the operations officers operating on Croatian territory shall be regarded as Croatian officers of that Party with respect to Offences committed against them or by them. If foreign officers cause any damage on Croatian territory during their operations on Croatian territory, their country shall be liable for any damage caused by them.

Competent Authority

* receive the request/decision for judicial cooperation

Ministry of Interior

Accepted languages

Accepted languages for the request/decision

English language

Execution deadline

Deadlines for the execution of the request/decision (where applicable)


Concise legal practical information

Special requirements


Last reviewed on 4 April 2024 by EJN Secretariat


  • Cross-border operations (A.70-A.73)
  • A.72 Cross-border tracking (tracking device being installed/put by an issuing state)

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