If you suffer injury as a result of a crime of violence while visiting another EU member state, you may contact the Secretary of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal, who will advise you in relation to making a claim for compensation to the member state where the incident took place.
Most EU member states, including Ireland, have adopted Council Directive 2004/80/EC of 29 April, 2004, which came into effect on 1 June, 2006. A small number of member states – most notably Italy, Spain and Greece – have not yet adopted the directive.
The purpose of the directive is to facilitate a citizen who has suffered injury as a result of a crime of violence in making a claim for compensation to the appropriate authority in the EU member state where the incident took place.
Under the terms of the directive, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal has been designated as the Transmitting and Receiving Authority for this State.
This means that a citizen of this State who suffers injury as a result of a crime of violence can apply to the state where the incident occurred (Receiving Authority) through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal (Transmitting Authority). When notified of an incident, the tribunal will obtain the necessary application documentation and pass it on to the applicant for completion. If the receiving state does not accept applications in the English language, the tribunal will arrange for translation of the documentation at no cost to the applicant.
Any correspondence that arises between the applicant and the receiving state in relation to the application can also be routed through the tribunal. It is important to note that the application will be processed by the appropriate authority in the state where the incident occurred, in accordance with the compensation provisions in that state.
Alternatively, an applicant who so wishes can go directly to the Compensation to Crime Victims section of the Council website, print the application form and pursue his/her application directly with the receiving authority. In the latter circumstances, the tribunal will still be available to provide assistance if required.