Victims' rights

In May 2011, the European Commis-sion sent a proposal for a “Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime” to the European Parliament for consideration.

The document (COD/2011/0129) can be found here.

To access to the ECBA Statement on this directive please click here.

For the reply of the Ministry of Justice of Austria to this statement, click here.

For the reply from the European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, click here.

For the reply from the Ministry of Justice of Austria, click here, from Hungary here, United Kingdom here and Sweden here.

The Directive defines “victims” as “natural persons who have suffered harm […] caused by a criminal offence” and “family members of a person whose death has been caused by a criminal offence”. These victims are granted several quite specific rights.