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Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber) of 11 October 2016 — European Commission v Italian Republic

(Case C-601/14) 1

(Failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations — Directive 2004/80/EC — Article 12(2) — National compensation schemes for victims of violent intentional crime guaranteeing fair and appropriate compensation — National scheme not covering all violent intentional crimes committed on the national territory)

Language of the case: Italian


Applicant: European Commission (represented by: E. Traversa and F. Moro, acting as Agents)

Defendant: Italian Republic (represented by: G. Palmieri, acting as Agent, and by G. Palatiello and E. De Bonis, avvocati dello Stato)

Intervener in support of the applicant: Council of the European Union (represented by: E. Moro, M. Chavrier and K. Pleśniak, acting as Agents)

Operative part of the judgment

The Court:

Declares that, by failing to adopt all the measures necessary to guarantee the existence, in cross-border situations, of a compensation scheme for victims of all violent intentional crimes committed on its territory, the Italian Republic has failed to fulfil its obligations under Article 12(2) of Council Directive 2004/80/EC of 29 April 2004 relating to compensation to crime victims;

Orders the Italian Republic to bear its own costs and to pay those incurred by the European Commission;

Orders the Council of the European Union to bear its own costs.


1 OJ C 89, 16.3.2015.