Documents considered by the Committee on 24 January 2018 Contents

Annex: The UK Minute Statement

Draft Council Decision on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence with regard to matters related to judicial cooperation in criminal matters

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Draft Council Decision on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence with regard to Asylum and Non-refoulement

The United Kingdom wishes to record its support for the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention), and to place on record its intention to ratify the Convention. The UK is committed to working both nationally and internationally to tackle violence against women and girls in all its forms, ensuring that victims are supported, perpetrators are brought to justice, and that we do all we can to prevent these crimes happening in the first place.

The United Kingdom however wishes to record its view that there is no exclusive external competence for the Union arising from the Convention in respect of the subject matter referred to in the Council Decision on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence with regard to matters related to judicial cooperation in criminal matters. Accordingly, it should be for the Council to determine freely the matters in respect of which the European Union should sign the Convention.

Further, the United Kingdom considers that the Council Decision, being a measure proposed pursuant to Title V of Part Three of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, is subject to Protocol (No. 21) to the Treaties on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in Respect of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. Accordingly, the United Kingdom does not consider that it is automatically bound, as suggested by Recital (10), to participate in the Council Decision simply on account of its participation in Directive 2011/36/EU on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims, and Directive 2011/93/EU on combating sexual exploitation of children, and child pornography.





29 January 2018