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New European law improving rights for victims has been adopted

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The final adoption of a new European law which will improve rights for an estimated 75 million crime victims annually across the EU was welcomed today by Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner.

Today's adoption by the Council of Ministers of a Directive on minimum standards for victims followed an overwhelming majority vote (611 for, 9 against and 13 abstentions) in the European Parliament.

"Nobody wants to fall victim to a crime, but if it happens, people can be safe in the knowledge they will have the same basic rights everywhere in the European Union," said Vice-President Viviane Reding. She called the law "an historic achievement and a strong signal that Europe is delivering on the rights of citizens."