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Parliamentary questions
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20 November 2018
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004474/2018

The Commission is not in a position to assess issues that fall within the national competence of the Member States.

As far as Directive 2012/29/EU(1) (the Victims' Rights Directive) is concerned, this directive provides for a set of binding rights for all victims of crime and their family members, including a right to be recognised and treated in a respectful, sensitive, tailored, professional and non-discriminatory manner. The Victims' Rights Directive provides for a range of rights, including the right to information and support. Family members of victims who died as a result of a crime are considered direct victims. The directive also provides for rights of victims resident in another Member State which includes a possibility to make a complaint to the competent authorities of the Member State of residence, if they are unable to do so in the Member State where the criminal offence was committed or, in the event of a serious offence. According to this provision, the Spanish victims (family members) should be able to make a complaint in Sweden via the Spanish authorities. It must be underlined that the Victims' Rights Directive entered into application in the Member States on 16 November 2015.

The Commission is currently analysing whether notified national provisions are completely and correctly transposing the directive in all the Member States.

(1)OJ L 315, 14.11.2002, p. 57.

Last updated: 20 November 2018Legal notice