Putting victims at the heart of criminal justice
Whatever the crime, victims share basic needs: respect and dignity, protection and support, and access to justice and compensation.
On 18 May, 2011, the European Commission proposed to reinforce existing national laws with EU-wide minimum standards which cover any victim from any nationality in any EU country.
The Directive on minimum standards for all victims will mean that people can rely on a similar level of basic rights and have confidence in the justice system wherever they are in the EU. It includes recommendations to ensure respect, protection during investigations and trial, and the provision of clear information, as well as the identification of particularly vulnerable victims.
Factsheets on these proposals are available below.