The Convention was signed by the EU in June 2017. The next step – formal EU accession to the Convention – requires adoption of a Council decision following the consent of the European Parliament.
The Commission and the Council of ministers are negotiating at this stage the code of conduct to agree on EU and national competencies.
The Council of Europe Istanbul Convention is the most comprehensive international treaty on combating violence against women and domestic violence. The Convention was adopted by the Council of Europe in 2011 and entered into force in August 2014.
The Istanbul Convention is a mixed agreement that allows for accession by the EU in parallel to accession by its Member States.
All Member States have signed the Istanbul Convention, but only 14 have ratified it (AT, BE, DK, FI, FR, IT, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SI, ES, SE).
European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) estimates that the cost to society from sexual-based violence in the EU is EUR 226 billion yearly.