Victim Support Europe: Putting victims’ rights into practice

European Parliament, Room ASP5G2, Rue Wiertz, 60, B – 1047 Brussels

A press conference will take place at 11h30

Conference: Putting victims’ rights into practice: How to implement EU directive on victims’ rights

26th November 2012, 14h – 17h45, European Parliament, Room ASP1G2, Rue Wiertz, 60, B – 1047 Brussels

VICTIM Support Europe’s conference, ‘Putting victims’ rights into practice’, will focus on the practical implementation of the EU Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime. It will include presentations from representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

The event will also identify European best practice and input from national Member States’ perspective in relation to key rights, such as victims’ right to protection, right to information, right to individual assessment and right to support.

This is a chance for Members of the European Parliament, criminal justice agencies, national representatives, lawyers, practitioners and academics to learn more about the new EU Directive and how it can be implemented in practice to ensure victims of crime are able to access their new stronger rights acrossEurope. In addition to information regarding the European Directive itself, the conference will provide information regarding legislative steps taken nationally to strengthen the rights given to victims in the EU.

It will also be the opportunity for MEPs to informally launch a written declaration on coordination and assistance in the implementation of the EU Directive Establishing Minimum Standards on the Rights, Support and Protection of Victims of crime.

Sponsored by MEP Alyn Smith

Supported by Members of the European Parliament and Victim SupportEurope

Co-funded by the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union

Victim Support Europe’s main mission is to strengthen the rights and services for all victims of crime inEurope. The organisation aims to ensure that every victim inEurope is able to access information and support services in the aftermath of crime, regardless of where the victim lives or where the crime took place. Victim Support Europe also works to ensure that victims are respected, have access to strong rights and are able to make their voice heard throughout the criminal justice process.

Victim Support Europe is an umbrella organisation which currently counts with 28 national and regional victim support organisations throughoutEurope.

Contact to Victim Support Europe:

+32 22310112 |  h.heinrichs@victimsupporteurope.eu | www.victimsupporteurope.eu

Contact: David Sinclair
Phone: 07803970320
Email: david.sinclair@victimsupportsco.org.uk
Website: http://www.victimsupportsco.org.uk