Answer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the Commission
The Commission is aware of the Ustica case and that, after more than 30 years, the victims of such a tragedy are still awaiting justice. In 2011, the Commission presented a comprehensive package of measures aimed at enhancing protection for victims of crime.
The Commission regrets that Italy and two other Member States did not ratify the Convention of 29 May 2000 on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Member States of the European Union, which is in force and currently binding on 24 EU Member States.
The Commission monitors the implementation of the Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance between the European Union and the United States of America, which entered into force on 1st February 2010. It adds to the existing bilateral agreements between the EU and US, and aims to provide assistance and ease in applying specific provisions of the Agreement.