Inniu, vótáil feisirí Eorpacha le tromlach ollmhór glacadh le rialacha nua maidir le hordú cosanta a bheadh infheidhme san AE ar fad. Ciallaíonn na rialacha nua gur féidir le híobartaigh foréigin, go háirithe íobartaigh foréigin teaghlaigh, a bheith ag brath ar ordú sriantach a fhaightear ina dtír dhúchais, is cuma cén tír ina bhfuil siad san AE.
"An estimated 1 in 5 women in Europe suffer some kind of violence at least once in their lives. Sadly, the most common form of physical violence is inflicted by someone close to the woman, usually an intimate partner," said Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU's Justice Commissioner. “Thanks to the European Protection order, victims of domestic violence can breathe a sigh of relief: protection will travel with the citizens.”
The draft regulation will now pass to member state ministers for formal adoption in the Council, expected at the meeting of European Justice Ministers in June.
On 18 May 2011, the European Commission proposed a package of measures to ensure a minimum level of rights, support and protection for victims across the EU, no matter where they come from or live.
This included a proposal for a Regulation on mutual recognition of civil law protection measures. It will ensure that victims of violence (such as domestic violence) can still rely on restraint or protection orders issued against the perpetrator if they travel or move to another EU country and will complement the European Protection Order , adopted on 13 December 2011 and dealing with criminal law protection orders.
The second proposal, for a Directive on victims' rights, was adopted on 4 October 2012 by the Council of Ministers (IP/12/1066), after the European Parliament endorsed it with an overwhelming majority on 12 September 2012 (MEMO/12/659). The directive sets out minimum rights for victims, wherever they are in the EU. It will ensure that:
- victims are treated with respect and police, prosecutors and judges are trained to properly deal with them;
- victims get information on their rights and their case in a way they understand;
- victim support exists in every Member State;
- victims can participate in proceedings if they want and are helped to attend the trial;
- vulnerable victims are identified – such as children, victims of rape, or those with disabilities – and are properly protected;
- victims are protected while police investigate the crime and during court proceedings.
Member States now have three years to implement the provisions of the Directive into their national laws.
Up to 15% of the EU population may fall victim of a crime somewhere in the EU every year. The risk of being a victim is just as great when travelling abroad as it is at home. With Europeans making around 1.25 billion trips as tourists within the EU every year, some will inevitably become victims of crime in another country.
Minimum rules for victims are part of the EU's broader objective to build a European area of justice, so that people can rely on the same level of basic rights and have confidence in the justice system wherever they are in the EU.
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