CoR rapporteur meeting with Mr. Philippe Vansteenkiste, Director of Victims-Europe, Association for victims of terrorism, Belgium
On the 2nd of April, the CoR rapporteur met Mr. Mr. Philippe Vansteenkiste, the Director of Victims-Europe, Belgium. Philippe co-founded and is the Director of Victims-Europe, Belgium, an international non-profit organization that seeks to defend the rights of victims of terrorism in Belgium. Philippe’s sister, Fabienne, died during the attack at the Brussels airport in 2016. Previously an employee at the airport Actually, V- Europe represent almost 250 victims of terrorism attacks.
During the meeting, were discussed aspects related to the rights of victims of terrorism, the tools to empower victims to report crime, claim compensation and ultimately recover from consequences of crime.
The Radicalization Awareness Network, through its working group on remembrance of victims of terrorism, presents victims' experiences, contributes to the remembrance of all victims of terrorism, and highlights the human consequences of violent extremism. Victims' rights and support to them are also at the heart of work carried out by the European Network of Associations of Victims of Terrorism, set up by the Commission.
In 2020, the European Commission set up the EU Centre of Expertise for Victims of Terrorism (the EUCVT) to ensure that the EU rules on victims of terrorism are correctly applied. The EUCVT is set up and run by the European Commission with the support of a consortium of victim support associations led by Victim Support Europe.