15 May, 2023

EU accession to Istanbul Convention one step closer

The EU’s accession to the Istanbul Convention is one step closer after the European Parliament voted last week to give their consent for the Council to ratify the Convention, which is the legally binding international instrument to combat violence against women and domestic violence.

Soraya Rodríguez Ramos MEP (Ciudadanos, ES), Renew Europe Coordinator in the European Parliament Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and shadow rapporteur on the report, declared:

“Today is an important day for the EU's fight against violence against women and domestic violence. We are finally turning words into actions, getting a step closer to the EU's ratification of the Convention. This decision will step up the protection of all victims and the prevention and prosecution of these horrendous crimes in an integrated manner in all EU Member States. We will continue to work to provide the European Union with its own tools to combat gender-based violence.”

Once the Council adopts their decision, the EU will finally officially - 6 years after signing - ratify the Istanbul Convention. This also means that the six remaining EU States that still have not ratified the instrument will have to implement and follow the Convention.

Yana Toom MEP (Eesti Keskerakond, EE, Renew Europe shadow rapporteur in the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, said:

“The accession of the EU to the Istanbul Convention is long overdue. Today, we can finally make a step forward. The accession will put an obligation on the EU to effectively create policies for the prevention of gender-based violence, the protection of victims and prosecution of perpetrators.”

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