European Network for Restorative Justice.
The proposal recognizes the extensive, though not comprehensive, restorative justice work done throughout Europe. The Network of national contact points is envisioned as enabling States that have made the most progress to share their knowledge and experience with those that lag behind. It is envisioned that this cooperation will enable all member states to be ready for the 2006 deadline.
Developed in consultation with the European Forum for Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice, the Network will involve up to three contact points for each Member State, including at least one representative from the national authorities responsible for restorative justice. Researchers and practitioners will also participate.
The Network is to:
Collect, analyse, and evaluate information on existing restorative justice practices and their developments
Facilitate mutual exchange of information to those interested in restorative justice
Promote research on the topic of restorative justice
Identify and develop areas for training and evaluation
Organise conferences, seminars and other activities to promote restorative justice.
In its decision to endorse the proposal, the European Parliament provided that the Network of National Contact Points should have a separate secretariat within the European Crime Prevention Network and be funded from the crime fighting programme.
The proposal is now before the Council of Ministers for final approval.