Euranet Plus, the leading radio network of EU news, hosted a “Citizens’ Corner” live debate on the “rights of victims” at the European Parliament in Brussels on October 7, 2014.  The debate was jointly produced by Euranet Plus and Castilla y Leon es Radio, Spain, member of the Euranet Plus network, and was moderated  by journalist Andrea Díez Sanromá from Castilla y Leon es Radio (in Spanish) and Brian Maguire from the EuranetPlus Agency in Brussels (in English).

The debate also featured students from the Euranet Plus campus radio network. The debate was broadcast live at the top of this web page. Our fans and followers were invited to debate the live stream and recording on our Facebook page event page.

Part 1 | Spanish | moderator Andrea Díez Sanromá | guests:

  • Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz, MEP, Spain, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, website
  • Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, MEP, Spain, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, website
  • Teresa Jiménez-Becerril Barrio, MEP, Spain, Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats), website
  • Marina Albiol Guzmán, MEP, Spain, Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left, website
  • Juan Fernando López Aguilar, MEP, Spain, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Facebook
  • Monica Gutierrez, expert of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), by telephone from Vienna
  • Complete video recording of this part of the debate on YouTube
  • Press photos of this part of the debate on Flickr

Part 2 | English | moderator Brian Maguire | guests:

Ahead of the debate, we posted regular audios and features on our social media channels to bring the topic closer to our guests, fans and listeners. Also during the debate our fans were invited to post their questions to our guests and moderators.

Spanish part: Citizens' Corner debate on the 'rights of victims' in EU

Spanish part: Citizens’ Corner debate on the ‘rights of victims’ in EU

English part: Citizens' Corner debate on the 'rights of victims' in EU

English part: Citizens’ Corner debate on the ‘rights of victims’ in EU

Citizens’ Corner debates: Bringing the European Union closer to citizens

According to EU official documents, more than 30 million people across Europe report being a victim of crime every year. Some voices say the real number is 75 million every year. Anyhow, the figures are incredibly high. Many more people were victims and do not report the crimes. The European Union already has legislation in place establishing minimum standards for the treatment of victims, but the implementation was not complete all the time.

Given its trans-border nature, the legislation cannot be properly put in practice, resulting in victims who do not access to all their rights or in EU member states providing rights in different ways. The European Commission announced more times its intention to improve the protection for victims of crime.

A package of measures with minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, as well as on the mutual recognition of protection measures in civil cases, were adopted in May 2011.

A Directive was adopted establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime in October 2012. The EU therefore acts to ensure that victims: are recognised and treated with respect and dignity; are protected from further victimisation and intimidation from the offender and further distress when they take part in the criminal justice process; receive appropriate support throughout proceedings and have access to justice; have appropriate access to compensation.

  • Which are the results of the implementation of the Directive and of the package of measures including minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime?
  • We have the European Protection Order (EPO) Directive. How effective is this act?
  • How are protected the victims of stalking, harassment or gender-based violence in the EU Member States? What about the protection again other crimes, such as robbery, assault, rape, hate crimes, terrorist attacks, human trafficking?
  • All crime victims should have the same basic rights across the EU, and should have their specific needs assessed. Is this happening in the EU?
  • Crime victims should benefit from same level of support throughout the EU? Which is the reality?
  • Member States should ensure that victims and their relatives have access to free of charge, easily accessible and confidential victim support services (for example, psychological assistance) from the moment the victims suffer harm, during and after the conclusion of the investigation and trial and regardless of where the crime takes place. Are all these support services in place and effective in the
  • How do we protect children in the EU?
  • How can ensure the EU institutions and the member States effective measures that protect women who are victims of violence?
  • Are the EU institutions and the organisations dedicated to the support of victims cooperating well
#CitizensCorner debate on rights of victims

#CitizensCorner debate on rights of victims on October 7, 2014 at 16h00 CEST

About the “Citizens’ Corner” debates

With the aim of getting as close as possible to the concerns of EU citizens and inspired by the “The 2010 EU Citizenship Report”, the “25 Key Actions to Improve Citizens’ Lives”, “The 2013 EU Citizenship Report”, along with the 12 new actions in six key areas put forward by the European Commission to further remove obstacles standing in the way of citizens’ enjoyment of their EU rights, euranetplus organizes monthly debates under the heading of “Citizens’ Corner”.  The aim is to provide information on the rights enjoyed by EU citizens, and also to reveal gaps which may remain between the applicable rules and regulations and the reality of citizens’ daily lives, particularly in cross-border situations. The debates provide the opportunity for open dialogue, contributing to new insights between all those involved.

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