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.
The Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime began as a proposal issued by the Commission in May 2011. Within the Council, Member States negotiated their position within the Working Party on Substantive Criminal Law and the Article 36 Committee (CATS). The Parliament's position was drawn up by the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality. The two institutions reached agreement through a series of informal trilogues and subsequently agreed upon a legislative text in September 2012.
The documents below are provided in chronological order, with the most recent first.
Member States vote unanimously in favour of adoption of the Directive, which the exception of Denmark which is not participating (see below for justification).
Press release announcing the Council's adoption of the act and a basic overview of its provisions.
Denmark sets out why it is not participating in the Directive.
Invitation to the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) to adopt the text.
"The Parliament adopted its first-reading position by single vote on 12 September 2012. This position is contained in its legislative resolution as set out in the Annex hereto."
"As an agreement was reached between Parliament and Council, Parliament's position corresponds to the final legislative act, Directive 2012/29/.EU.
Includes draft legislative resolution, amendments and voting outcome.
"The confirmation vote on the compromise text was adopted."
"As indicated, the Chairman of COREPER will send a letter to the Chairmen of the LIBE/FEMM Committees of the European Parliament, stating that, if European Parliament adopts the text of the Commission proposal in the exact form as set out in the Annex, the Council will adopt the proposal thus amended in order to reach an agreement at first reading."
"Some outstanding issues still remain, and it is the Presidency's assessment that a compromise will need to be found on these issues in order to reach an agreement with the EP on the proposal." The outstanding issues listed are: "The role of the victim"; gender-based violence, victim support services; specific protection needs.