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Publication date: 21 June 2019

FRR2019 - Justice infographic (85.67 KB)

Judicial independence continues to cause concerns

  • Europeans rank respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law as EU’s primary asset
  • Challenges to judicial independence continue to grow, underlining the need for effective coordination of efforts in this area in the EU and beyond
  • Citizens and companies see government and political interference as the main reasons for the lack of independence of courts and judges

Advancing victims’ rights

  • EU law sets minimum victims’ rights standards but shortcomings remain
  • 2 out of 3 Member States adopted legislation to strengthen application of the Victims’ Rights Directive
  • This includes more victim-friendly initiatives such as establishing separate waiting areas or better financial compensation for victims
  • Some Member States also introduced or further strengthened victims’ rights awareness training for practitioners

Violence against women

  • 20 EU Member States have ratified the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention to prevent and combat violence against women
  • The EU continued ratifying the convention
  • But, opposition remains at a political level and from national courts who are sometimes more lenient in their sentencing