EU countries must put the legislation into practice
Around 30 million crimes are reported to the police in the EU each year. With so much effort focussed on capturing and convicting the perpetrator, the victim can sometimes be forgotten. As increasing numbers of people travel, live and work abroad, there are many more potential victims of crimes committed in a country other than their own. This year will be vital in making victims’ rights a reality in all EU countries as the EU victims’ directive, adopted in 2012 must finally be implemented into member states’ national law by 16 November 2015.
The directive aims at establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, and ensures that persons who have fallen victim of crime are recognised.
The issue of victims’ rights is something Laura Ferrara, an EFDD MEP and a member of Parliament’s committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs (LIBE), believes must be “a priority within the EU.”
However, she thinks “much remains to be done to support victims of crime,” in terms of “informing them of their rights and ensuring effective referral systems and training for police officers and legal practitioners to establish a relationship of trust and confidence with victims.”
She called on member states to “properly implement, without delay, the EU victims’ directive.”