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Government Assistance to Victims

Assistance to victims of terrorism and their families is a key part of EU counter-terrorism efforts.

 

For more information, visit the European Commission's website here

Legal Resources available to Victims

The EU wants to ensure that support and assistance is provided to the victims of terrorist crimes and their families. The Stockholm Programme called for examination how legislation and practical support measures for the protection of victims, including the victims of terrorism, could be further improved. The EU has already adopted a Framework Decision on the standing of victims in criminal proceedings and a Directive on compensation to crime victims. In addition, a Framework Decision on combating terrorism ensures appropriate assistance for victims' families.

Collaboration with other Organisations

The Commission has set up a European Network of Associations of Victims of Terrorism (NAVT). The main aim of this network is to stimulate transnational cooperation between associations of victims of terrorism and enhance the representation of victims' interests at the EU-level. On its website, the network provides useful information, including the mapping of associations and organisations specialised in supporting victims of terrorism, funding opportunities, a calendar of events, a library with relevant publications as well as a chat forum.

On the external front, the EU works on strengthening cooperation with partner countries and international organisations in view of promoting international solidarity with those who have suffered a terrorist attack. In particular, the EU has organised a successful EU-US joint seminar on preventing violent extremism. The seminar allowed the identification of a number of areas for coordinated action to address violent extremism more effectively. For example, the EU and the US agreed to closely work on the issue of challenging violent extremist narratives by using terrorist victims' voices.

Events

Not Forgotten: Stories of Remembrance from Victims of Terrorism

International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism 2020
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United Nations Annual Memorial Service, 19 April 2018

In annual memorial, UN pays tribute to 140 fallen staff members
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