Brussels, 10 July 2012
Victims' rights: EU Justice Commissioner Reding welcomes double vote of support from European Parliamentarians
European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, today welcomed a vote by two European Parliament committees which supports the Commission's proposals to improve rights for crime victims throughout Europe. The Parliament's committees on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and on Women's Rights and Gender Equality both voted to back the legislation proposed by the Commission in a special joint meeting today. Their report will now pass to the European Parliament's plenary session for a final vote in September 2012.
The proposal for a directive, tabled by the Commission in May 2011 (IP/11/585 and MEMO/11/310) will ensure a minimum level of rights, support and protection for victims across the EU, no matter where they come from or live. On 20 June, an agreement was reached between the Council of Justice Ministers and the Parliament after intense negotiations mediated by the European Commission.
Speaking in Brussels today, Vice-President Reding said:
"Better rights for an estimated 75 million victims of crime across the EU every year are a step closer today. I would like to thank the European Parliament for its strong and very vocal support for the Commission's proposal, and in particular the rapporteurs Teresa Jiménez-Becerril Barrio and Antonyia Parvanova."
"This Directive will ensure that victims of crime get the respect, support and protection they deserve. It is a concrete step towards an EU where justice is served and where Europeans can rely on their rights wherever they are in the Union."