Capacity Building

The European Protection Order as a means of protecting gender-based violence victims 

A transnational seminar aimed at Civil Society Organizations’ staff

The European Protection Order (EPO) was introduced by the EC Directive 2011/99 / EU to allow the application of judicial protection orders issued in criminal proceedings in one Member State in all other Member States.
Although protection orders can be applied to anyone in need of protection, these measures are important tools to protect women in cases related to intimate or domestic violence, harassment, stalking or sexual violence.
Only seven EPOs have been issued so far. Compared to the number of victims in the EU and the possibilities to move between Member States, the number of EPOs required is dramatically low.

There is a strong need to increase the knowledge of this instrument and its effectiveness in order to create a real common area of ​​protection.

The transnational seminar aims to strengthen the role of civil society organizations that work in support of victims, through greater knowledge of these protection tools and the exchange of good practices at European level.


The seminar is aimed at the staff of associations, non-governmental organizations and refuges from the partner countries: Italy, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus and the Czech Republic


July 13, 2021
from 9:30 to 15:30 (CET)


Online videoconferencing platform


9:30 – 9:35  Opening and registration

9:35 – 9:45  Introduction to Artemis Project

9:45 – 10:30  Module 1: Legal information on EPO

10:30 – 11:15  Module 2: Main issues and best practices

11:15 – 11:30  Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30 Module 3: Country specific information and comparative overview

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:15  Round table

15:15 – 15:30  Conclusions and closure


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Co-funded by the Justice Programme of the European Union

Co-funded by the Justice Programme of the European Union