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2nd June 2020
Justice & Litigation

Op-Ed: “AG Bobek’s Opinion in Case C-129/19: protecting crime victims in purely internal situations through the Charter of Fundamental Rights without encroaching on national regulatory autonomy” by Amedeo Arena

On 14 May 2020, Advocate General Michal Bobek delivered his Opinion in Presidenza del Consiglio dei ministri v BV (C-129/19), concerning the interpretation of Council Directive 2004/80/EC of 29 April 2004, relating to compensation for crime victims.

Article 12(2) of the Directive requires all Member States to ‘ensure that their national rules provide for the existence of a scheme on compensation to victims of violent intentional crimes committed in their respective territories, which guarantees fair and appropriate compensation to victims’.

The Opinion addresses two questions: (i) does Article 12(2) of the Directive require Member States to have in place a compensation scheme for victims of violent crimes committed on their

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