This issue of the monthly publication of the Law Library of Congress includes the following relevant titles: 'Recent Developments in the European Union'. "The Commission recently proposed a Directive which provides that all victims of crime and terrorism must be compensated for any injuries and losses suffered. Member States have the option to establish that the victim must first seek compensation from the offender before turning to the State. Close relatives and dependants of the victim are entitled to receive the compensation if the victim dies. The amount of compensation will be decided by the Member States. EU citizens or residents who become victims of a crime in a third state will have the right to request that the Member State of residence assist them in applying for compensation in the place where the crime was committed. Following the events of 9/11 in the United States, the European Commission emphasized the significance of carrying out exercises in the field of nuclear, radiological, biological and chemical sectors to test civil protection capabilities on the ground. The first such European Community Civil Protection simulation exercise (EURATOX 2002) will take place in France on October 27-28, 2002. The exercise will focus on the treatment and evacuation of victims during a simulated terrorist attack at a large sports event and will involve 200 wounded on site and 2,000 victims requiring assistance from other Member States. In addition to French authorities, teams from five other countries-Austria, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Sweden-will be notified through the Monitoring and Information Center of the Commission and expected to provide assistance."
Law Library of Congress World Law Bulletin 2002.11, November 2002
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