Victims’ Rights

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Stockholm Programme

Additional Victims’ Protection


European Protection Order

The Directive on the European protection order was adopted in December 2011. It means that "crime victims who are granted protection from their aggressors in one EU Member State will be able to get similar protection if they move to another," in the word's of the European Parliament's press release following adoption. This objective is set out in detail in Article 1 of the Directive:

"This Directive sets out rules allowing a judicial or equivalent authority in a Member State, in which a protection measure has been adopted with a view to protecting a person against a criminal act by another person which may endanger his life, physical or psychological integrity, dignity, personal liberty or sexual integrity, to issue a European protection order enabling a competent authority in another Member State to continue the protection of the person in the territory of that other Member State, following criminal conduct, or alleged criminal conduct, in accordance with the national law of the issuing State."

Directive 2011/99/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 2011 on the European protection order

  • Author: European Parliament and the Council of the European Union
  • Document Number: 2011/99/EU
  • Document Date: Tue, December 13, 2011
  • File: Download File

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