Members' Research Service By / November 21, 2023

Revision of the Victims’ Rights Directive [EU Legislation in Progress]

The Commission reports that, every year, an estimated 15 % of Europeans or 75 million people in the EU fall victim to a crime.

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Written by Martina Prpic (1st edition).

On 12 July 2023, the Commission published its proposal for a revision of the Victims’ Rights Directive, the key EU legislation on the protection of the rights of victims of crime. The Commission estimates that 15 % of Europeans fall victim to a crime every year. Despite progress in recent years, victims still lack access to information, support and protection. Secondary victimisation during criminal proceedings is still common and victims’ access to compensation is not sufficiently supported. Vulnerable victims are especially lacking in sufficient specialised support. The Commission is proposing a set of amendments to strengthen the current rules and expand victims’ rights.

In Parliament, the file is being dealt with by the Committees on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) under the joint committee procedure.


Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA
Committees responsible:Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and
Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
COM(2023) 424
Rapporteur:María Soraya Rodríguez Ramos (Renew, Spain) and Javier Zarzalejos (EPP, Spain)2023/0250(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Maria da Graça Carvalho (EPP, Portugal)
Maria Noichl (S&D, Germany)
Giuliano Pisapia (S&D, Italy)
Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová (Renew, Slovakia)
Saskia Bricmont (Greens, Belgium)
Kira Marie Peter-Hansen (Greens, Denmark)
Beata Kempa (ECR, Poland)
Konstantinos Arvanitis (The Left, Greece)
Eugenia Rodríguez Palop (The Left, Spain)
Ordinary legislative
procedure (COD)
(Parliament and Council
on equal footing –
formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Publication of draft report


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