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  1. EU Justice Ministers, led by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Mr Alan Shatter T.D., have reached agreement with the European Parliament on proposals aimed at protecting vulneralble citizens as they move between Member States

 

EU Justice Ministers, led by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Mr. Alan Shatter T.D., have reached agreement with the European Parliament on proposals aimed at protecting vulnerable citizens as they move between Member States. 

 

Victims of domestic violence and other vulnerable people at risk of violence will gain an additional layer of protection following an agreement approved in Brussels last month.  At the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 8 March, Ministers formally approved a deal reached with the European Parliament on the mutual recognition of European Protection Orders in Civil matters.  This new EU Regulation will mean that a protection order, such as for example a barring order obtained by a victim of domestic violence, will be recognised and enforceable in all other EU Member States. 

This measure is part of the European Commission’s victim’s package.  It will enable victims of domestic violence, for example, to travel around Europe in safety, sometimes for the first time in many years.  To put it in context, a woman who has been the victim of an abusive partner and found the courage to seek help and protection from the authorities will now be able to enjoy the safety of that protection in other Member States.  This would give her the freedom to take her children on a holiday, to visit family abroad, or even relocate without further risking her safety or having to go through additional court processes in other countries.  It is difficult to overstate the difference that this measure can and will make it the lives of some women, and also men, and their children.

The European Protection Order forms just one element of a package of measures targeted at supporting the victims of crime.  This measure, which focuses on protection orders in civil matters, is complimentary to a similar measure targeting protection orders in criminal matters, both of which should come into effect across the EU in under two years time.