Source: (2004) Official Journal. L 261. Pp. 15-18. 6 August. Downloaded 13 September 2005.

(1) One of the objectives of the European Community is to abolish, as between Member States, obstacles to the free movement of persons and services. (2) The Court of Justice held in the Cowan(4) Case that, when Community law guarantees to a natural person the freedom to go to another Member State, the protection of that person from harm in the Member State in question, on the same basis as that of nationals and persons residing there, is a corollary of that freedom of movement. Measures to facilitate compensation to victims of crimes should form part of the realisation of this objective. (3) At its meeting in Tampere on 15 and 16 October 1999 , the European Council called for the drawing-up of minimum standards on the protection of the victims of crime, in particular on crime victims' access to justice and their rights to compensation for damages, including legal costs. (excerpt)


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