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Brussels, 26 August 2011

EU Justice Commissioner Reding welcomes the United Kingdom's decision to join EU victims of crime proposal

"I welcome the decision of United Kingdom to join the negotiations on the Commission’s proposal for a Directive on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, as well as the proposal for a Regulation on mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters that we put forward in May (IP/11/585).

Providing minimum standards for victims of crime everywhere in Europe is a measure of necessity to strengthen confidence in the justice systems. The UK’s move will help bring the country's strong record and experience in helping victims to the rest of Europe. British people who travel abroad should also enjoy the same high standards for support that they receive at home.

The UK move, which comes shortly after a similar decision by the Irish authorities (MEMO/11/560), will help ensure that no matter where crimes occur in Europe, victims can have confidence that somebody is there to take care of them."

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