The European Union signed today, 13 June 2017, Council of Europe (Istanbul Convention) on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. Ambassador Joseph Filletti, Permanent Representative of Malta to the Council of Europe, on behalf of the Presidency-in-office of the Council of the EU, and Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality signed the convention on behalf of the European Union, in the presence of Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.
The two decisions on the signing of the Istanbul Convention were adopted by the Council of the EU on 11 May 2017. The decision to join the Istanbul Convention confirms EU's commitment to combat violence against women within its territory as well as globally, and strengthen existing legal framework and its capacity to act.
All EU member states have already signed the Convention, out of which 14 EU members have also ratified it. Having the EU joining the Convention "will ensure complementarity between the national and EU level and will consolidate the capacity for the EU to play a more effective role in international fora such as the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO)".
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