Source: (2001) Brussels: Commission of the European Communities.In 2001 the Commission of the European Communities produced this Green Paper. The general purpose was to initiate a consultation with all interested parties on state compensation to crime victims within the member countries of the European Union (EU). The main issues to be addressed by the consultation concerned the following: European norms for compensation; existing means of state compensation in the EU; the scope and need for action at the Community level; ways to strengthen compensation through a Community initiative; and access for victims to compensation in cross-border situations. A number of questions were put forth in the paper to elicit responses from interested parties. Each question is accompanied by detailed discussion of issues relevant to the question.