Source: (2004) Paper presented at the Third Conference of the European Forum for Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice, “Restorative Justice in Europe: Where are we heading?", Budapest, Hungary, 14-16 October. Downloaded 24 May 2005.In the year 2003, the European Forum for Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice succeeded in getting funding from the European Commission, under its AGIS Programme, to run a project entitled "Working towards the creation of European training models for practitioners and legal practitioners in relation to restorative justice practices." Part of this project consisted in trying to obtain more information concerning the state of affairs of the training of mediators in criminal matters. A group of experienced trainers coming from 11 different European countries had the opportunity to meet twice. They exchanged information on the training models that they used, and compared the models. They also discussed the desirability of developing European standards for training mediators. The meetings resulted in the drafting of recommendations for the training of mediators. Other initiatives to work together in the future were taken as well. Author's abstract.