One of the current objective of the EFRJ is to map the regulation of restorative justice in the Directive 2012/29/EU (Victims’ Directive) in the national legislations and its further implementation in practice. The Directive is obviously the most important supranational instrument on the regulation of restorative justice in the EU due to its binding status. The Directive was to be transposed and implemented by the Member States into their national law by 16 November 2015.
Exactly a year after the deadline, the mapping will enable us to identify strengths and weaknesses relating the progress on the regulation of restorative justice. In order to achieve these objectives, a brief survey is being sent to the restorative justice services in Europe.
The survey is launched together with a Briefing Paper prepared by the EFRJ. This paper analyses the regulations of the Directive related to restorative justice. Both your answers to the survey and comments to the Briefing Paper will serve to draft a Position Paper on behalf of the EFRJ, which will include extensive recommendations to the Member States and to the EC. This participatory and open process mirrors both the approach of restorative justice and of the EFRJ, and we hope you support us in making it truly participatory by contributing to it.
We would therefore be grateful if you could fill in the relevant information by the 17 February 2017. You can reach the survey following this link. The Position Paper, as well as a Practice Guide, will be presented during the Experts Seminar organised by the Criminal Justice Platform Europe on training of professionals and cooperation between services (Art. 25 and 26 of the Victims’s Directive) in Brussels on 23 February 2017.
We thank you very much for your cooperation! Also, please do not hesitate to share this survey within your national RJ community!
The Secretariat and Board of the EFRJ