The European Protection Order
The European Protection Order (EPO) aims to extend court orders for victim protection from national level to European level, so that victims are also protected when they move from one Member State to another.
The present text only concerns victim protection under criminal law and would apply to victims of gender violence, harassment, stalking and attempted murder, amongst other crimes.
What was the Greens' position?
The Greens firmly believe that victims of crime should also be able to exercise their legal right to freedom of movement within the EU.
This is all the more important because EPOs can also combat gender injustice (most victims benefiting from them are female).
However, we argued that anybody should be able to benefit from it and thus sought to guarantee the right of any persons allegedly posing a threat to be heard.
In addition, we strove to secure the EPO's implementation by ensuring adequate training for judges, police and judicial staff.
Did other MEPs accept the Greens' position?
The Greens succeeded in introducing many key amendments.
We made sure that the victims of all relevant crimes, not just gender violence, would be covered.
At the same time, the Directive does not necessarily require the amendment of national legislation, so its implementation should run swiftly and smoothly.
Our insistence that all personal data and the rights of potential aggressors be respected was also taken on board.
Which points did the Greens lose?
Procedure:Ordinary legislative procedure
Lead MEP:Teresa JimÃ©nez-Becerril Barrio(EPP)
Green MEP responsible:RaÃ¼l Romeva
Staff contact:Georgia Tsaklanganos (Email)