Mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters:
- extracts from the report
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 22/05/2013 First transmission: 22/05/2013
MEP's debated this morning on mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters. Victims of stalking, harassment or gender-based violence who are granted protection in one EU member state would get fully equivalent protection if they freely move to another. The new EU rules would add civil law protection to the criminal law protection already enforced under the European Protection Order (EPO) Directive. The law would eliminate all the formalities currently required to ensure recognition and enforcement of civil protection measures for people under threat who cross the EU's internal borders. Particularly, under the new rules, any victim of gender violence, abduction or aggression who has been granted protection in one EU member state, would just need to fill in a standard multilingual certificate to have his or her right to protection fully enforced throughout the EU. EPO rules will cover all threats to people's physical and moral integrity, including threats to dignity, security, personal freedom and. sexual integrity. This regulation will apply to cross-border cases with effect from 11 January 2015.
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||EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament, Strasbourg
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Antonio Lopez-Isturiz White, Rapporteur :
English translation :
"This regulation is part of our set of legislative instruments that are there to protect the victims in the European communities, and shores up the directive on the European protection order which guarantees mutual recognition among the Member Stetes of protection orders granted on a penal basis. This would add instruments in the civil field. It will allow individuals who are benefiting from a protection order to move freely and safely throughout the territory of the European Union including the UK and Ireland because they have explicitly said that they want to be included in this regulation."
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Antonio LOPEZ-ISTURIZ WHITE (EPP, ES), Rapporteur :
English translation :
"Now if the victim concern cannot be physically present in a given member state, they can actually apply for certificate on line or by fax or through other technical means so that the protected individual should not have to bare the burden of the financial costs related to this certificate in the different Member States. We're talking about an administrative procedure, easy for victims and that will save costs too on travel to other countries. Finally, there is no need for a legal representative to be present in order for such a certificate, so no lawyer is necessary so that again will bring down costs to a great extend to victims and will make it a lot easier."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Antonyia PARVANOVA (ALDE, BG) Rapporteur :
"As a co-Rapporteur for the FEMM committee I would like to stress the need to pay particular attention to the gender issue. A key element for us was to make the administrative procedure more straight forward for victims and insuring that they are protected wherever they travel or move to another Member State. Under the new rules, any victim of gender violence, abduction or aggression, who has been granted protection in one EU Member State will just need to fill in a standard multilingual certificate to have his or her right to protection fully enforced through the Union."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Stefan FÜLE, Commissioner responsible for enlargement and European neighbourhood policy.
"We must turn our attention to the Member States. Now, as the legislation is agreed and soon to be published in official journals, we must ensure that it is properly implemented and applied. All of the victim's rights laws now adopted must be operational and fully available to the victims by the transposition deadline in 2015. The Commission will assist Member States by issuing guidance documents promoting training and bringing together the experts to put these laws into action."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Edit BAUER (EPP, SK) :
"If victim of violence wanted to start all over in an other country, the perpetrator could find her or him and her or his physical and psychological integrity or liberty would be at risk again. Therefore this regulation is a missing piece of legislation. It allows the mutual recognition of protection measures which are based on civil laws rather than criminal laws."
||SOUNDBITE (Danish) Britta THOMSEN (S&D, DK) :
English translation :
"Over a 100 000 women in the EU are covered by protection orders. If we include the victims of human trafficking the figure is even higher. If we want to make sure a good Single Market, we need to have a high standard of protection for victims of criminality. The Single Market shouldn't just be about goods, it is just as important to have a free movement for European citizens and we can only do that by focusing on victims."
||SOUNDBITE (Swedish) Cecilia WIKSTRÖM (ALDE, SE)
English Translation :
"We talk very often about freedom of movement, but if you're a person who has been threatened, threatened by someone you thought you loved previously, somebody with whom you lived previously, and then, all of a sudden, you're stuck, you're not able to benefit from freedom of movement, instead of that you have this violence problem, you have a restraining order, you're stuck. And that's why it's so important for our Parliament, for this House together with the Commission and together with Council to be able to make progress into producing something really positive, namely to make sure than we can afford protection to people who are being threatened."
||CUTAWAYS : 3 SHOTS