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12 September 2012
Once the provisions are finally adopted at EU level later this year, Member state Governments need to work hard to implement the measures in their countries says GMB
GMB commented on the vote today in the European Parliament to give rights to victims of crime abroad.
Maggie Hughes the GMB member who promoted these change said:
“I am delighted about the vote today in the European Parliament Plenary and the progress we have made with the proposals on Victims' Rights in the EU. Together with my union the GMB we have been on a major journey at EU level to gain vital rights for victims abroad.
I pay tribute to EU Commission vice president Viviane Reding for her commitment to pushing through this package of rights and support for Victims and her support for Robbie's case and our campaign, to friends in the European Parliament and European Economic and Social Committee who have supported our campaign.
But as we all know the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and once the provisions are finally adopted at EU level later this year, Member state Governments need to work hard to implement the measures in their countries. This will turn the progress in support and rights for victims the proposals promise into a practical reality on the ground so that no other family will have to go through the agony, frustration and pain that we did to get support and justice for our son Robbie who was a victim himself when viciously assaulted in Crete.”