Council Directive 2004/80/EC of 29 April 2004 relating to compensation to crime victims
To help victims of violent intentional crime to access compensation in cross border cases, the directive sets up a system of cooperation between national authorities:
- Persons who fall victim to crime while being abroad (in the EU Member State in which they do not live) can submit the application to the assisting authority in the State they live.
- The assisting authority translates and transmits the application to the deciding authority in the Member State where the crime was committed. The deciding authority is responsible for assessing the application and paying the compensation.
The directive provides for two standard forms for the transmission of applications for compensation in cross-border situations.
Submission of forms to competent authority
Completed forms should be sent to the relevant competent authority in a manner required by the authority. More information on the contact details for competent authorities, relevant national legislature etc. can be found in the European Judicial Atlas section. This page includes a search tool to find the competent authorities to which to send completed forms.
Additional information: Compensation
You can complete these forms online by clicking one of the links below. If you have already started a form and saved a draft, you can upload it using the "Load draft" button.
As of 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom is no longer an EU Member State. However, in the field of civil justice, pending procedures and proceedings initiated before the end of the transition period will continue under EU law. Until the end of 2022, the United Kingdom can continue to be selected in online (dynamic) forms for the purpose of these proceedings and procedures. An exception to this rule are the Public documents forms, in which the UK should not be selected.
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Last update : 26/04/2022