COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS EU Strategy on victims' rights (2020-2025)

1. The EU strategy on victim’s rights (the strategy), in which the European Commission (the Commission) sets out actions that it will take from 2020 to 2025 to build on the rights already set out in EU Directives, in particular the Victims’ Rights Directive . The strategy invites EU Member States (members) and other actors (e.g. voluntary sector) to also take action.

2. The main objective of the strategy is to ensure that all victims of crime, no matter where in the EU or in what circumstances the crime took place, can fully rely on their rights. The strategy notes that not all members have fully transposed the Victims’ Directive or the EU Protection Order Directive . The Commission has 21 ongoing infringement proceedings against members for failure to fully transpose the Victims’ Rights Directive. The UK is not one of them and no reference is made to the UK in the strategy.

3. The UK transposed the EU Victims’ Rights Directive in November 2015. In England and Wales, primarily by way of the statutory Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (Victims’ Code) . In Scotland by way of the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014 and the Victims’ Code for Scotland . Northern Ireland has the Victim Charter .

Topic  Justice & Home Affairs 
Department  MOJ 
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COM Reference  COM(20)258 
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  1. COM(20)258 - 639 KB - pdf
  2. EM COM(20)258 - 1 MB - pdf

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