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Parliamentary questions
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8 June 2021
Answer given by Ms Dalli
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001308/2021

Gathering data from an EU-level survey is a multi-step project that requires considerable resources to produce solid results. The preparatory work for the EU survey on gender-based violence and other forms of interpersonal violence coordinated by Eurostat started in 2016 with results expected in 2023.

Eurostat provides yearly figures by gender for victims, suspects, prosecutions and convictions, for homicide, rape and sexual assault(1). It is not on the agenda to collect data on cultural and religious background which are not relevant to these crimes since violence against women is a global phenomenon, independent of socioeconomic, ethnic or cultural background.

The Istanbul Convention(2) requires states parties to ensure that culture, custom, religion, tradition or so called ‘honour’ are not considered justification for acts of violence covered by the Convention. The EU’s accession to the Convention and a legislative proposal with the same objectives to be issued in 2021 remain key objectives of the Commission .

In line with the ambitious policy framework of the action plan on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in External Relations 2020 — 2025(3) in coherence with the Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025(4), preventing and responding to violence against women and girls continue to be key objectives within and outside the EU.

(1)http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=crim_hom_soff&lang=en ;
crime statistics database:  http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/crime/database .
(2)Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, https://www.coe.int/en/web/conventions/full-list/-/conventions/rms/090000168008482e
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