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British crime victims deserve justice across the EU

May 18, 2011 2:00 PM

The European Commission has today published a policy paper and draft legislation to strengthen and reinforce the rights of victims of crime across the EU. EU justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has said that UK provisions are the best in the EU.

Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford said:

"Liberal Democrat Euro-MPs have long pushed for the EU to raise standards of protection of crime victims across Europe, as is being done for rights of defendants, so this action is not before time."

"It is good that the European justice Commissioner recognises British provisions as the best in Europe. But elsewhere they can be poor, and EU action is justified to ensure that British people travelling around the EU do not get a raw deal from the authorities as well as suffering the crime itself. "

"All victims of crime must be given proper information, access to justice, interpretation, and where appropriate protection and compensation. In particular, protection orders for domestic violence victims must be enforced across Europe."

Notes to Editors

The European Commission has put forward 2 new proposals: one proposal for a directive on minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of the victims of crime and one on the recognition of protection orders in civil law (the Council will continue its negotiations on a parallel measure in criminal law).