The Conference “Putting Victims’ Rights into Practice”, organised by Victim Support Europe and hosted by Alyn Smith MEP, took place at the European Parliament in Brussels on the 26th of November. With the new European directive on victims’ rights published on the Official Journal of the European Union and formally adopted as law, the main purpose of this Conference was to discuss the next step: the implementation of the directive in the member states. For this purpose, varied speakers were invited to present their thoughts on how to take the rights of victims and shape them into practice.
Officials from the European Commission, including the Director-General for Justice Françoise Le Bail, the European Parliament rapporteur Teresa Jímenez-Becerril MEP, and experts from the Council and the EESC gave the attendants an insight on the views of these institutions regarding the next steps on making victims’ rights a reality. Representatives from the Dutch and Polish Justice Ministries presented their government outlook on the implementation of the new EU directive in their respective countries. The Conference also featured a section devoted to the sharing of best practices where victim support practitioners from across Europe presented practical methods of implementing different rights of victims.
This exciting event was complete with the sharing of the story of a brave woman who was a victim of stalking and who campaigned fiercely to change the law in Scotland. Overall, the event exceeded our optimistic expectations and managed to launch the debate on what to do next regarding the implementation of the new piece of legislation establishing minimum standards for victims’ rights in Europe.
To access the full communication of the Director-General for Justice Françoise Le Bail, please click here.