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Parliamentary questions
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19 November 2018
Question for written answer P-005817-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Lara Comi (PPE)

 Subject:  Application in Italy of Directive 2004/80/EC relating to compensation to crime victims
 Answer in writing 

After a serious 12-year delay for the purpose of containing public spending, the Italian Government, by Law No 122/2016, has introduced a system of compensation for victims of violent intentional crimes (e.g. murder, malicious injuries, sexual violence) committed on Italian territory.

The 2017 implementing decree finally transposed EU Directive 2004/80/EC by establishing sums which cannot be regarded as constituting ‘fair compensation’. Indeed, in many judgments — until the entry into force of Law No 122 and its subsequent amendments — the sums paid out were in the range of EUR 50 000 to EUR 150 000, as opposed to the current figure of EUR 4 800.

In addition, owing to the time required to complete legal proceedings and to the current financial situation, the Italian Government is failing to accommodate all requests and to cover the entire compensation due, often causing delays and/or payments of reduced amounts.

Can the Commission say:
How Italy can pay the compensation claims if so little funding is available on a year-by-year basis;
How it can support Italy in ensuring greater security and thus helping to reduce the number of crimes committed?
Original language of question: IT 
Last updated: 22 November 2018Legal notice