Under the Specific Programme Criminal Justice of the European Commission (Directorate-General Justice – Directorate B: Criminal Justice), the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, Faculty of Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece had successfully submitted a relevant research proposal and took over the coordination of a research project (JUST/2010/JPEN/AG/1534) that aimed at the promotion and the further diffusion of restorative justice in Europe. The title of the project was: «The 3E Model for a restorative justice strategy in Europe» and the full subtitle: «The geographic distribution of restorative justice in 11 European Countries and the configuration of an Effective – Economic – European Strategy Model for its further diffusion».
The project was composed by two main branches, aiming at the development of a restorative justice response to crime in 11 European countries: a) a comparative study of 11 European countries from the North (Finland, Denmark), Western Central (Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands), Eastern Central (Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria) and South Europe (Spain, Greece, Turkey), and b) a relevant project aiming at the organization of a coherent strategy, the identification and the diffusion of effective measures and procedures and the exchange of good and cost-effective practices through a flexible and easily applicable Model, for their wider adoption and their better application in Europe.
The country reports and the most useful findings of this project (i.e. the comparative research) are presented at the present book.