Reservations and Declarations for Treaty No.116 - European Convention on the Compensation of Victims of Violent Crimes

Declarations in force as of today
Status as of 10/12/2019

Albania

Declaration contained in the instrument of ratification deposited on 26 November 2004 - Or. Engl.

Regarding Article 2, paragraph 1 (b) of the Convention, the Republic of Albania declares that it defines the term “dependants” in conformity with the Albanian legislation as meaning “under age children, the spouse, disabled parents, who were entirely or partly dependent on the deceased person, as well as persons who lived in the family of the deceased person and were entitled to receive maintenance payments from such person”.
Period covered: 01/03/2005 -
Articles concerned : 2

Reservation contained in the instrument of ratification deposited on 26 November 2004 - Or. Engl.

According to Article 18, paragraph 1, of the Convention, the Republic of Albania reserves the right to declare that the central authority, designated under Article 12, may refuse a request for assistance made by another Contracting State, if such request is not made in the Albanian language or in the English language or in the French language or if it is not accompanied by a translation into one of the official languages of the Council of Europe.
Period covered: 01/03/2005 -
Articles concerned : 12, 18

Declaration contained in the instrument of ratification deposited on 26 November 2004 - Or. Engl.

In accordance with Article 12 of the Convention, the Republic of Albania declares that the Ministry of Justice is the Central Authority.
Period covered: 01/03/2005 -
Articles concerned : 12


Austria

Declaration contained in the instrument of ratification deposited on 30 August 2006 - Or. Engl.

Pursuant to Article 12 of the Convention, the Republic of Austria designates the Federal Office for Social Affairs as the central authority.
Period covered: 01/12/2006 -
Articles concerned : 12

Reservation contained in the instrument of ratification deposited on 30 August 2006 - Or. Engl.

In accordance with Article 18 of the Convention, Austria declares that the Convention shall be applicable for persons who are not citizens of the European Union or of States Parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area only if the crime against them was committed after 30 June 2005 in Austria or on board of an Austrian ship or aircraft, wherever it is situated, and if they stayed lawfully there at the time when the crime occurred.
Period covered: 01/12/2006 -
Articles concerned : 18, 3


Azerbaijan

Declaration contained in the instrument of accession, deposited on 28 March 2000 - Or. Engl.

The Republic of Azerbaijan designates the Ministry of Justice as the competent authority, in accordance with the Article 12 of the Convention.
Period covered: 01/07/2000 -
Articles concerned : 12


Belgium

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representative of Belgium, dated 27 May 2004, registered at the Secretariat General on 28 May 2004 – Or. Fr.

According to Article 12 of the Convention, the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium designates as central authority the Secretariat of the "Commission pour l'aide aux victimes d'actes intentionnels de violence", Avenue de la Porte de Hal 5-8, 1060 Bruxelles – Tel. 00.32.2.542.72.24 – Fax : 00.32.2.542.72.40.

The Secretariat of the Commission is responsible for receiving and executing the requests for assistance; it will also be responsible for ensuring compliance with the provision of Article 13.
Period covered: 01/07/2004 -
Articles concerned : 12


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Declaration contained in a letter from the Chargée d'affaires of Bosnia and Herzegovina, dated 25 April 2005, deposited with the instrument of ratification on 25 April 2005 – Or. Engl.

In accordance with Article 12 of the Convention, the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina informs that the central authority is the Ministry of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Period covered: 01/08/2005 -
Articles concerned : 12


Croatia

Declaration contained in the instrument of ratification deposited on 4 July 2008 - Or. Engl.

In accordance with Article 12 of the Convention, the Republic of Croatia designates the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Croatia as a central authority to receive requests for mutual assistance in connection with the matters covered by the Convention.
Period covered: 01/11/2008 -
Articles concerned : 12


Cyprus

Declaration contained in the instrument of ratification deposited on 17 January 2001 - Or. Engl.

Under Article 3 of the Convention, Nationals of other countries are considered to be “permanent residents” within the meaning of Article 3(b) of the Convention if:

a. they have resided in the Republic of Cyprus for a continuous period of fifteen years, just before the period of 16 August 1960, according to Regulation 3 of the “Aliens and Immigration Regulations” of 1972-1996;

b. they are in possession of an Immigration Permit, according to Regulation 5 and Regulation 6(2) of the “Aliens and Immigration Regulations” of 1972-1996;

c. they are dependent on persons falling under sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) above, according to Regulation 8 of the “Aliens and Immigration Regulations” of 1972-1996.
Period covered: 01/05/2001 -
Articles concerned : 3

Declaration contained in the instrument of ratification deposited on 17 January 2001 - Or. Engl.

The Government of Cyprus, in pursuance of Article 12, designates the Department of Social Insurance of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance as the central authority.

The address of the aforesaid Department is as follows:
Department of Social Insurance,
Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance,
Byron Ave. No. 7,
1096 Nicosia – CYPRUS
Tél.: +357 2 307130
Fax: +357 2 672 984
E.mail : soc.ins.@cytanet.com.cy
Period covered: 01/05/2001 -
Articles concerned : 12


Czech Republic

Reservation contained in the instrument of ratification deposited on 8 September 2000 - Or. Engl./Cze.

According to Article 18, paragraph 1, of the Convention, the Czech Republic declares that the central authority, designated under Article 12, may refuse a request for assistance made by another Contracting State, if such request is not made in the Czech language or in the English language or in the French language or if it is not accompanied by a translation into one of the official languages of the Council of Europe.
Period covered: 01/01/2001 -
Articles concerned : 18

Declaration contained in a Note Verbale from the Czech Republic, handed over at the time of deposit of the instrument of ratification on 8 September 2000 - Or. Engl./Cze.

The Czech Republic informs that the central authority under Article 12 of the Convention shall be the Ministry of Justice.
Period covered: 01/01/2001 -
Articles concerned : 12


Denmark

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representative of Denmark, dated 8 October 1987, registered at the Secretariat General on 9 October 1987 - Or. Fr.

Justitsministeriet (The Ministry of Justice), Slotsholmsgade 10, DK-1216, COPENHAGEN K, has been designated as the central authority to receive and to take action on, requests for assistance.
Period covered: 01/02/1988 -
Articles concerned : 12

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representative of Denmark, dated 8 October 1987, registered at the Secretariat General on 9 October 1987 - Or. Fr.

The Convention shall apply neither to the Faroe Islands nor to Greenland.
Period covered: 01/02/1988 -
Articles concerned : 17


Estonia

Declaration contained in the instrument of ratification deposited on 26 January 2006 - Or. Engl.

Pursuant to Article 12 of the Convention, the Republic of Estonia designated the Social Insurance Board as the central authority.
Period covered: 01/05/2006 -
Articles concerned : 12


Finland

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representative of Finland, dated 15 November 1990 handed to the Secretary General at the time of deposit of the instrument of acceptance on 15 November 1990 - Or. Engl.

The Central Authority to receive and take action on all matters regarding the European Convention on the Compensation of Victims of Violent Crimes is :

Ministry of Justice
PL 1
SF-00131 HELSINKI
Tel : 358-0-18251
Telefax : 358-0-1825430
Period covered: 01/03/1991 -
Articles concerned : 12


France

Declaration contained in a letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, dated 24 January 1990, registered at the Secretariat General on 1 February 1990 - Or. Fr.

For the purpose of the application of Article 3, the Government of the Republic of France declare  concerning nationals of the member States of the European Communities, that they shall be regarded as French nationals ;

For the purpose of the application of Article 3, the Government of the Republic of France declare  concerning nationals of non-member States of the European Communities, that they shall be considered as permanently resident in France, according to paragraph b, when they hold a Resident's permit.
Period covered: 01/06/1990 -
Articles concerned : 3

Declaration contained in a letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, dated 24 January 1990, registered at the Secretariat General on 1 February 1990 - Or. Fr.

In accordance with Article 12, the French Government designate the Office for the Protection of Victims and for Prevention, Ministry of Justice, 13 Place Vendôme, 75042 Paris CEDEX 01, as the Central Authority to receive and take action on requests for assistance.

Requests for compensation made pursuant to the Convention will be examined by the Commission foreseen by Article 706-4 of the French Penal Code of Procedure in accordance with Articles 706-3 and 706-12 of the above-mentioned Code.
Period covered: 01/06/1990 -
Articles concerned : 12


Germany

Declaration contained in a letter from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, dated 21 November 1983, handed to the Secretary General at the time of signature, on 24 November 1983 - Or. Germ./Engl.

At the time of signature, the Federal Republic of Germany notified to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe that, when depositing its instrument of ratification, it will make a reservation of reciprocity in respect of Article 3 of the Convention.
Articles concerned : 3

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representative of Germany, dated 27 November 1996, handed to the Secretary General at the time of deposit of the instrument of ratification, on 27 November 1996 - Or. Germ./Engl./Fr.

The Federal Republic of Germany understands by Article 3 of the Convention that only persons lawfully residing in Germany qualify for such compensation.

A national of another country is considered to be a "permanent resident" within the meaning of Article 3(b) of the Convention if he remains in the Federal Republic of Germany for longer than the maximum temporary stay of six months.

Nationals of the States party to this Convention receive compensation like Germans if they lawfully reside in Germany for three years or longer without interruption.
Period covered: 01/03/1997 -
Articles concerned : 3

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representative of Germany, dated 27 November 1996, handed to the Secretary General at the time of deposit of the instrument of ratification, on 27 November 1996 - Or. Germ./Engl./Fr.

Nationals of the States party to the Convention who have been in Germany for less than three years or a short period are only entitled to non-income-tied compensation which in essence meets the criteria contained in Article 4. Instead of compensation for loss of earnings they receive a basic pension depending on the degree to which their earning capacity has been impaired.

The Federal Republic of Germany will make a statutory one-off payment to entitled foreign nationals in lieu of compensation pursuant to Article 4 of the Convention, subject to certain conditions that apply to other foreigners as well, provided they leave the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Period covered: 01/03/1997 -
Articles concerned : 4

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representative of Germany, dated 27 November 1996, handed to the Secretary General at the time of deposit of the instrument of ratification, on 27 November 1996 - Or. Germ./Engl./Fr.

The Federal Republic of Germany designates the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs as the central authority pursuant to Article 12 of the Convention. It declares that this authority may refuse a request for assistance if it is neither drawn up in German nor accompanied by a German translation.
Period covered: 01/03/1997 -
Articles concerned : 12


Liechtenstein

Declaration contained in a Note verbale from the Permanent Representation of Liechtenstein, dated 16 December 2008, deposited with the instrument of ratification on 17 December 2008 Or. Engl.

In accordance with Article 12 of the Convention, the Government of Liechtenstein designates as central authority to receive and forward requests:

Ressort Justiz
Regierungsgebäude
FL-9490 VADUZ
Liechtenstein
Period covered: 01/04/2009 -
Articles concerned : 12


Luxembourg

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representative of Luxembourg, dated 21 May 1985, registered at the Secretariat General on 22 May 1985 - Or. Fr.

The Central Authority mentioned in Article 12 of the Convention and charged with receiving and taking action on requests for assistance is, in Luxembourg, the Ministry of Justice, the address of which is 13 Rue Erasme, Centre Administratif Pierre Werner, L – 1468 Luxembourg.

[Note by the Secretariat: The address of the competent authority has been updated by a Note verbale from the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg, dated 20 April 2010, registered at the Secretariat General on 21 April 2010 - Or. Fr.]
Period covered: 01/02/1988 -
Articles concerned : 12


Malta

Declaration contained in a Note Verbale of the Permanent Representation of Malta, dated 6 March 2015, deposited with the instrument of ratification, on 9 March 2015 - Or. Engl.

Malta declares that the provisions of Article 1, paragraph 4, of the Convention, shall apply in the following proceedings:

1. Separation Proceedings;
2. Nullity of Marriage;
3. Adoption Proceedings;
4. Divorce Proceedings;
5. Custody and maintenance of, or visitations rights to children.
Period covered: 01/07/2015 -
Articles concerned : 1


Montenegro

Declaration contained in the instrument of ratification deposited on 19 March 2010 - Or. Engl.

In accordance with Article 12 of the Convention, Montenegro declares that the central authority for receiving requests for mutual assistance, within the scope of this Convention, is the Ministry of Justice of Montenegro.
Period covered: 01/07/2010 -
Articles concerned : 12


Netherlands

Declaration contained in a letter of the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands, handed to the Secretary General at the time of the deposit of the instrument of acceptance, on 16 July 1984 - Or. Engl.

The Central Authority charged with receiving and taking action on requests for assistance is the "Secretaris van de Commissie tot beheer van het schadefonds geweldmisdrijven, Postbus 20303, 2500 EH The Hague".
Period covered: 01/02/1988 -
Articles concerned : 12

Declaration contained in the instrument of acceptance, deposited on 16 July 1984 - Or. Engl.

The Kingdom of the Netherlands accepts the said Convention for the Kingdom in Europe.
Period covered: 01/02/1988 -
Articles concerned : 17


Norway

Declaration contained in a letter from the Deputy Permanent Representative of Norway, dated 22 January 2002, registered at the Secretariat General on 23 January 2002 - Or. Engl.

The central authority in respect of Norway is the Ministry of Justice and Police, Department of Civil Affairs, P.O. Box 8005 Dep, N - 0030 OSLO (Tel. +47.22.24.54.51 ; Fax +47.22.24.27.22)
Period covered: 23/01/2002 -
Articles concerned : 12


Portugal

Declaration transmitted by the Deputy Permanent Representative of Portugal and registered at the Secretariat General on 23 November 2001 - Or. Fr.The Government of Portugal declares that the Central Authority in Portugal is :

Comissão para a Instrução dos Pedidos
de Indemnização ás Vítimas de Crimes Violentos
Rua das Escadinhas de S. Crispim, n° 7
1149-049 LISBOA
Portugal
Period covered: 01/12/2001 -
Articles concerned : 12


Romania

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representative of Romania, dated 9 March 2009, registered at the Secretariat General on 11 March 2009 – Or. Engl., updated by a letter from the Permanent Representative of Romania, dated 21 January 2010, registered at the Secretariat General on 22 January 2010 - Or. Engl.

Pursuant to Article 12 of the Convention, Romania declares that the name and address of the central authority in Romania to receive, and to take action on, requests for assistance have been updated as follows :

a) English language:
Ministry of Justice
Department of International Law and Treaties
Unit of judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters
Strada Apollodor 17
Sector 5 Bucuresti, Cod 050741
Tel. : +40.37204.1077 ; +40.37204.1078 (Cabinet Director)
Tel. : +40.37204.1083 ; +40.37204.1217 ; +40.37204.1218
Fax : +40.37204.1079
Internet : www.just.ro ; Email : ddit@just.ro
Contact person : Viviana ONACA Ph.d, Director, RO, EN and FR

b) French language:
Ministère de la Justice
Direction du Droit International et des Traités
Bureau de Coopération internationale en matière civil et commerciale
Strada Apollodor 17
Sector 5 Bucuresti, Cod 050741
Tél. : +40.37204.1077 ; +40.37204.1078 (Cabinet du Directeur)
Tél. : +40.37204.1083 ; +40.37204.1217 ; +40.37204.1218
Fax : +40.37204.1079
Internet : www.just.ro ; Email : ddit@just.ro
Agent de liaison : Dr. Viviana ONACA, Directeur, RO, EN et FR

c) Romanian language:
Ministerul Justitiei
Directia Drept international si Tratate
Serviciul Cooperare judiciara internationala în materie civila
Strada Apollodor 17
Sector 5 Bucuresti, Cod 050741
Tel. : +40.37204.1077 ; +40.37204.1078 (Cabinet Director)
Tel. : +40.37204.1083 ; +40.37204.1217 ; +40.37204.1218
Fax : +40.37204.1079
Internet : www.just.ro ; Email : ddit@just.ro
Persoana de contact: Dr. Viviana ONACA, Director, RO, EN si FR
Period covered: 11/03/2009 -
Articles concerned : 12


Slovak Republic

Declaration contained in the instrument of ratification deposited by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice of Slovakia on 12 March 2009 Or. Engl.

Pursuant to Article 12 of the Convention, the Slovak Republic declares that the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic, Župné námestie 13, 813 11 Bratislava, is designated as the central authority for receiving and taking action on request for assistance under this Convention.
Period covered: 01/07/2009 -
Articles concerned : 12

Declaration contained in the instrument of ratification deposited by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice of Slovakia on 12 March 2009 Or. Engl.

In accordance with Article 18, paragraph 1, of the Convention, the Slovak Republic declares that the Convention shall be applicable for persons who are not citizens of the European Union.
Period covered: 01/07/2009 -
Articles concerned : 18


Spain

Declaration contained in a letter from the Deputy to the Permanent Representative of Spain, dated and registered on 14 February 2002 - Or. Fr.

The central authority in respect of Spain is the Direccion General de Costes de Personal y Pensiones Publicas del Ministerio de Hacienda, Almagro 18, 28071 MADRID.
Period covered: 14/02/2002 -
Articles concerned : 12

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representative of Spain, dated 5 March 2008, registered at the Secretariat General on 5 March 2008 Or. Fr.

If the European Convention on the Compensation of Victims of Violent Crimes were to be extended by the United Kingdom to Gibraltar, the Kingdom of Spain would like to make the following declaration :

1. Gibraltar is a non-autonomous territory for the international relations of which the United Kingdom is responsible and which is subject to a decolonisation process in accordance with the relevant decisions and resolutions of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

2. The authorities of Gibraltar have a local character and exercise exclusively internal competences which have their origin and their foundation in the distribution and attribution of competences performed by the United Kingdom, in compliance with its internal legislation, in its capacity as sovereign State on which the mentioned non-autonomous territory depends.

3. As a result, the eventual participation of the Gibraltarian authorities in the application of this Convention will be understood as carried out exclusively as part of the internal competences of Gibraltar, and it cannot be considered to produce a change in relation with what was established in the two previous paragraphs.
Period covered: 05/03/2008 -
Articles concerned : 17


Sweden

Declaration contained in the instrument of ratification, deposited on 30 September 1988 - Or. Engl.

The Central Authority mentioned in Article 12 of the Convention and charged with receiving and taking action on requests for assistance is, in Sweden, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Box 16121, 103 23 Stockholm.
Period covered: 01/01/1989 -
Articles concerned : 12


Switzerland

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representative dated 17 October 1996, registered at the Secretariat General on 21 October 1996 - Or. Fr.

Central Authority:
Office fédéral de la Justice
Département fédéral de Justice et Police
CH-3003 BERNE.
Period covered: 21/10/1996 -
Articles concerned : 12


United Kingdom

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom dated 7 February 1990, handed to the Deputy Secretary General at the time of deposit of the instrument of ratification on 7 February 1990 - Or. Engl.

The designated central authority on behalf of Northern Ireland is :

Northern Ireland Office, Criminal Compensation Division, Royston House, 34 Upper Queen Street, Belfast BT1 6HV, Northern Ireland

Telephone Number : 0232 249944 Telefax Number : 0232 246956.
Period covered: 01/06/1990 -
Articles concerned : 12

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom, dated 31 May 1995, registered at the Secretariat General on 1 June 1995 - Or. Engl.

In accordance with Article 17, paragraph 2, of the Convention, the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland declares that the Convention shall apply to the Isle of Man, being a territory for whose international relations the Government of the United Kingdom are responsible.
Period covered: 01/06/1995 -
Articles concerned : 17

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representation, registered at the Secretariat General on 16 October 1997 - Or. Engl.

Central Authority : For England, Scotland and Wales, new address:
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB)
Morley House
26-30 Holborn Viaduct
London
EC1A 1JQ
United Kingdom
Tel. 0171.842.6800
Fax. 0171.436.0804.
Period covered: 16/10/1997 -
Articles concerned : 12


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