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.