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European Commission - Statement

Statement of Commissioner Jourová for the European Day for victims of crime

Brussels, 20 February 2015

European day for victims of crime is celebrated on 22 February.

To mark this occasion Commissioner Jourová said: "Every year 75 million people fall victim to crime across the European Union. We need to support them in any way we can. As Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality I see it as my duty to care for the vulnerable in Europe. From November this year, new EU rules guarantee a minimum level of rights for victims across the Union: the right to clear and understandable information on proceedings, the ability to participate actively in criminal proceedings and the benefit of victim support services. Member States should swiftly implement them into national law, so that people can rely on them in practice. In particular, women or men suffering violence or harassment deserve effective protection. Since January, restraining, protection and barring orders issued by one EU Member State must be recognised by all others. Such citizens need no longer fear for their safety if they live or travel abroad."

A fact sheet with more information on the protection of victims is available online .




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