A senior UK Liberal Democrat MEP has welcomed a deal reached between Euro-MPs and EU Member States to set minimum standards for helping crime victims across Europe.
For business or leisure travellers abroad the trauma of being a victim of crime is compounded by language difficulties, lack of knowledge about the foreign justice system and cultural barriers.
Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford said:
“The UK provisions for crime victims are already among the best in Europe and Liberal Democrat Euro-MPs have long pushed for the EU to raise the standards of other European countries, as we are doing for defendants.”
“The fact that acknowledged victims of crime must from now on get support when away from home will at least ease their awful experience, which is too often compounded by poor treatment by police, prosecutors and courts.”
“The new rules will help ensure that British people travelling around the EU do not get a raw deal from the authorities on top of suffering the crime itself.”
The new EU law means acknowledged victims must get information on the local justice system and progress of their case, translation and interpretation if needed, and expenses, protection and compensation when appropriate. Specific needs based on personal characteristics like gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion or age must be recognised and protection orders such as injunctions for domestic violence victims must be enforced across Europe.