The Council has approved conclusions focusing on improving support and recognition for victims of terrorism. Acknowledging the devastating impact of terrorism on individuals, the conclusions stress the importance of addressing the needs of victims for societal healing and resilience. They encourage the swift adoption of a revised victims’ rights directive and the implementation of measures to ensure recognition and respect for victims. The conclusions emphasize the crucial role of victims in remembrance policies, promoting awareness of the human consequences of terrorism and preventing radicalization. Member states are urged to implement national contact points and nominate a single point of contact for victims of terrorism to enhance cross-border support. The European Commission’s proposed amendments to the victims’ rights directive are currently under discussion. Additional measures for victims of terrorism include the counter-terrorism directive and the establishment of an EU center of expertise for victims of terrorism.

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Published on 05.12.2023

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