of the European Economic and Social Committee
Proposal for a Council Directive on compensation to crime victims
Key points :
The Committee endorses the broad lines of the proposed directive.
However, it feels that the directive should include the following elements:
A definition of crimes that comprises not only crimes against the victim's life, health or physical integrity, but also those against the victim's psychological health and integrity.
A detailed definition of the responsibilities of assisting authorities and of deciding authorities, along with a simplification of cooperation procedures between them so as to reduce bureaucracy and make it easier for citizens of the Member States to exercise the rights provided for in the directive.
Broader scope for the victim to receive advance payment.