Victims’ Rights

The most up-to-date and relevant documents, press releases, academic comment, legislation, and case-law have been collated and organised here in this fully-searchable central storage space. Here you can get an overall sense of the information available in the area of victims' rights or quickly find a specific document.

Background

This section of the portal is designed to make it quick and easy to access information on the rights of victims of crime, in particular as this pertains to the rights contained in the recently adopted Victims’ Directive, and the place of victims of crime within the upcoming successor to The Stockholm Programme. The Stockholm Programme sets out the European Union’s (EU) priorities for the area of justice, freedom and security for the period 2010-14. Building on the achievements of its predecessors the Tampere and Hague programmes, it aims to meet future challenges and further strengthen the area of justice, freedom and security with actions focusing on the interests and needs of citizens.



Stockholm Programme

The Stockholm Programme sets out the European Union’s (EU) priorities for the area of justice, freedom and security for the period 2010-14. Building on the achievements of its predecessors the Tampere and Hague programmes, it aims to meet future challenges and further strengthen the area of justice, freedom and security with actions focusing on the interests and needs of citizens.


Stockholm Programme
Victim's Directive
Additional Victims’ Protection


Future EU Criminal Justice Reform

EU Justice and Home Affairs law and policy has for many years been based on “multi-annual programmes” that set out legislative and policy priorities for a given period. From 2010 to 2014, the Stockholm Programme was the relevant multi-annual programme. It was preceded by the Hague Programme (2005-2010) and the Tampere Programme (2000-2005). In June 2014 the European Council (made up of the governments of the EU’s Member States) followed up the Stockholm Programme with a set of "strategic guidelines". This section contains information on relevant justice issues.


Future EU Criminal Justice Reform


JUSTICIA European Rights Network