At EU level, our advocacy work covers numerous initiatives and while the work of the EU institutions might seem remote to many citizens, decisions taken by the European Union have a direct impact on victims’ lives. VSE aims to bring the voices and experiences of victims and NGOs to negotiations, consultations, and debates about new legislation, to consultations and debates. We facilitate contact between NGOs and governments across Europe to ensure the exchange of good practices and peer-to-peer learning which allows for informed and sustainable decision-making.
Some of our key partners include: institutions, including the European Commission, European Parliament, European Economic Social Committee, The European Committee of the Regions, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, European Institute of Gender Equality, EEAS, Europol, Eurojust, CEPOL.
Since 2020, VSE is an active member of the EU Victims’ Rights Platform which brings together for the first time all EU level actors relevant for victims’ rights. It includes key actors such as the European Network on victims’ rights, the EU Network of national contact points for compensation, the EU Counter–Terrorism Coordinator, Eurojust, the Fundamental Rights Agency and civil society.
VSE is in regular contact with representatives from the European Commission on a range of subjects, but especially on the evaluation of the Victims’ Rights Directive and other piece of legislation related to victims’ issues. VSE was involved in the evaluation of the Combating Terrorism Directive, engaging with the European Commission, other EU NGOs and member organisations. VSE has also been particularly active in responding to the Commission’s calls for consultation and roadmaps.
Several in person and online meetings are regularly organised with key EU officials with the aim to present VSE’s priorities and discuss common areas of interest.
Throughout the year, VSE also monitored the debates held in committees and plenary sessions of the European Parliament. VSE was also contacted on several occasions by Members of the European Parliament to receive inputs on draft reports and issues related to victims’ rights and needs.