[Brussels, 07 December 2011] At the December plenary session the Parliament will vote on the new European Protection Order. This week the FEMM and LIBE Committees endorsed the final text agreed with national governments. Once formally adopted, member states will have three years to transpose the new directive into national law.
The purpose of the new Protection Order is to give crime victims who are granted protection in one EU member state the ability to get similar protection if they move to another. Protection would be available to, for instance, victims of gender violence, harassment, abduction, stalking or attempted murder.
Most protection measures are granted to female victims of gender violence but a European Protection Order could cover victims of either sex, and other crimes too.