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, under new rules adopted by Parliament on Tuesday. The European Protection Order aims to protect victims of, for instance, gender violence, harassment, abduction, stalking or attempted murder. Member States will have three years to transpose this directive into national law.
Measures to protect crime victims from aggressors already exist in all EU Member States but at present they cease to apply if the victim moves to another country. The European Protection Order (EPO) directive, already agreed with national governments, will enable anyone protected under criminal law in one EU state to apply for similar protection if they move to another.
“In a nutshell, we will facilitate the movement of victims and we will hamper the movement of their aggressors. Today we have taken an important step forward to protect those who most deserve it”, said Women’s Rights Committee rapporteur Teresa Jiménez-Becerril Barrio (EPP, ES). “Protection will know no borders. There are thousands of victims who will now be able to live in peace”, added Civil Liberties Committee rapporteur Carmen Romero López (S&D, ES).
(Source of information: European Parliament, 13/12/2011)