Kolakovic-Bojovic, Milica and Turanjanin, Veljko and Tilovska-Kechedji, Elena (2018) SUPPORT TO VICTIMS OF CRIME: EU STANDARDS AND CHALLENGES IN SERBIA. Faculty of Law - Kicevo, “St. Kliment Ohridski” University - Bitola Center for Scientific Research at the Faculty of Law - Kicevo, Bitola, Macedonia, pp. 125-135. ISBN 978-608-4670-00-1 608-4670-00-8

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Providing support to victims and witnesses of crime is highly ranked on the EU
priority list. This is unambiguously visible from the growing EU legislation in the
field of procedural safeguards, where focus has been moved from position of
defendant, to improvement of victims’ status. That also caused additional efforts of
the candidate countries but also of the member states to meet all requirements related
to legislation amendments as well as to institutional set up and necessary capacities
needed to achieve newly established standards. Being the candidate for EU
membership, the Republic of Serbia had been requested, through the negotiation
process under Chapter 23 of the accession negotiations, to prepare and implement an
action plan, dealing with, inter alia, judicial reform and improvement of human rights.
The important portion of recommendations defined by the European Commission in
that field, deals with position of victims of crime. Consequently, these
recommendations were addressed through the comprehensive set of planned activities
that extends from amendments to the criminal legislation, to establishment of the
nationwide network of victim support services. Beside activities directed to
improvement of victim’s position in general, the Action Plan for Chapter 23 includes
ambitious activities referring to position of victims from various vulnerable groups
like women, children, victims of war crimes, as well as the victims of discrimination
and hate crime as a Roma, national minorities and LGBTI.
Keywords: victims, support, EU, European standards, accession negotiations

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Mr Mladen Kradzoski
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2018 13:46
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019 10:50

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