Strengthening victims’ rights: from compensation to reparation

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Report published in March 2019 by the European Commission President's Special Adviser for the compensation for victims of crime.

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The report - produced by Special Adviser Joëlle Milquet - takes stock of best practices in terms of protection of victims' rights at national and EU level. It also proposes 41 recommendations on how to improve the protection of these rights, as well as victims' access to justice and compensation. The report shows that victims often have difficulty accessing justice and receiving compensation due to a lack of information, insufficient support, overly-restrictive eligibility criteria or procedural hurdles. For persons who become victims of crime when travelling to another EU country, it can be even more difficult to receive compensation.

In October 2017, the President of the European Commission appointed Ms. Milquet as his Special Adviser for compensation to victims of crime. The Special Adviser's mandate included the preparation of a report on how to improve access to compensation for victims of crime.

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European Commission: Report 'Strengthening victims' rights: from compensation to reparation' - Executive Summary
European Commission: Press Release, 11/03/2019: European Commission welcomes report on strengthening victims' rights in the European Union

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