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Parliamentary questions
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29 June 2017
Question for written answer E-004362-17
to the Council
Rule 130
Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz (PPE)

 Subject:  Council Decision on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence
 Answer in writing 

Following the recent Council decision to sign the Istanbul Convention of behalf of the European Union, the Commission has expressed its regret that the holistic approach contained in the original proposal was replaced by a narrower scope.

While the original proposal put forward by the Commission called for a holistic approach comprising both exclusive and shared competences, the Council decided only to include exclusive EU competences — namely judicial cooperation in criminal matters as well as asylum and non-refoulement — in its signature.

According to the Commission, the reduced scope represents ‘a missed opportunity to harness the EU’s already existing legislative framework of action against violence and to provide a stable and sustainable foundation for activating Union resources for specific areas of the Convention’.

1. What were the reasons behind opting for and adopting the reduced scope of the signature?

2. What measures and actions does the Council plan to undertake to fulfil the objectives of the Istanbul Convention which fall under its exclusive competences?

3. How does the Council intend to act in the area of the shared competences pertaining to the elimination and prevention of violence against women?

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