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  1. The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence welcomes Cabinet decision to opt into EU Directive on victims of crime

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence welcomes Cabinet decision to opt into EU Directive on victims of crime

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr Alan Shatter, T.D. today welcomed the decision by the Government to seek the approval of both Houses of the Oireachtas to opt in to the draft EU Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime (2011/0129 (COD), published by the European Commission on 18 May, 2011. Minister Shatter has met with Commissioner Viviane Reding to discuss this issue when attending meetings in Europe.

Announcing the decision Minister Shatter said "In the context of the Victims Rights Bill I am delighted to get sanction to formally bring a motion before the house on this issue. Opting in to the Victims Directive will allow Ireland to play a full role in shaping the Directive in negotiations over the next eighteen months."

The purpose of the draft Directive is to ensure that victims of crime
ؠreceive appropriate protection and support,
ؠcreate a broader concept of what constitutes a victim of crime, to encompass family members of victims who have died as a result of a criminal act.
ؠensure that victims receive sufficient information in a form that they can understand to enable them to participate as fully as possible in the criminal justice process. This includes the provision of interpretation and translation where necessary and
ؠare recognised and treated in a respectful, sensitive and professional manner, in contacts with any public authority, victim support or restorative justice service.