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.

Stockholm Programme

Victim’s Directive


Official documents

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.

Council, 8 October 2012: Voting result - Adoption of the legislative act

Member States vote unanimously in favour of adoption of the Directive, which the exception of Denmark which is not participating (see below for justification).

  • Author: Council of the European Union
  • Document Number: 14725/13
  • Document Date: Mon, October 08, 2012
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Council, 4 October 2012: Council endorses minimum standards for crime victims across the EU

Press release announcing the Council's adoption of the act and a basic overview of its provisions.

  • Author: Council of the European Union
  • Document Number: 14472/12
  • Document Date: Thu, October 04, 2012
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Council, 24 September 2012: Adoption of the legislative act: Statement by Denmark

Denmark sets out why it is not participating in the Directive.

  • Author: Denmark
  • Document Number: 13865/12 ADD 1
  • Document Date: Mon, September 24, 2012
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Council, 24 September 2012: Adoption of the legislative act

Invitation to the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) to adopt the text.

  • Author: General Secretariat of the Council
  • Document Number: 13865/12
  • Document Date: Mon, September 24, 2012
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Council, 14 September 2012: Outcome of the European Parliament's first reading

"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."

  • Author: Council of the European Union
  • Document Number: 13617/12
  • Document Date: Fri, September 14, 2012
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Parliament, 12 September 2012: European Parliament legislative resolution of 12 September 2012 on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime

"As an agreement was reached between Parliament and Council, Parliament's position corresponds to the final legislative act, Directive 2012/29/.EU.

  • Author: European Parliament
  • Document Number: P7_TA(2012)0327
  • Document Date: Wed, September 12, 2012
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Parliament, 18 July 2012: Report on the proposal for a directive

Includes draft legislative resolution, amendments and voting outcome.

  • Document Number: A7-0244-2012
  • Document Date: Wed, July 18, 2012
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Council, 12 July 2012: Summary record of the the meeting of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), held in Brussels on 9 and 10 July 2012

"The confirmation vote on the compromise text was adopted."

  • Author: General Secretariat of the Council
  • Document Number: 12557/12
  • Document Date: Thu, July 12, 2012
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Council, 21 June 2012: Final compromise text with a view to a first reading agreement with the Parliament

"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."

  • Author: COREPER
  • Document Number: 11702/12
  • Document Date: Thu, June 21, 2012
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Council, 12 June 2012: Preparation of the fifth trilogue with the European Parliament and the Commission

"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.

  • Author: Presidency
  • Document Number: 10861/1/12 REV 1
  • Document Date: Tue, June 12, 2012
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