European Parliament tells Member States to ratify the Istanbul Convention
In a non-legislative resolution adopted yesterday, the European Parliament calls on the Council to urgently conclude the EU ratification of the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women. It urges the seven Member States that have signed but not yet ratified it – Bulgaria, Czechia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia and the UK – to do so without delay.
The Istanbul Convention is the first international instrument setting legally binding standards to prevent gender-based violence. It was adopted by the Council of Europe in 2011, entered into force in 2014 and was signed by the EU in June 2017.
The European Parliament also requests the Commission to add, as a priority, the combatting of gender-based violence in the next European Gender Strategy, to propose a legal act tackling all forms of gender-based violence, and to endeavour to include ‘violence against women’ in the catalogue of EU-recognised crimes.
A full press release is available here.