The European Parliament is calling for all EU countries to have crime victim compensation schemes and adhere to European standards of compensation.
London MEP and European Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Sarah Ludford said:
"My involvement with individual cases has made me sensitive to the difficulties faced by those who have crimes committed against them when abroad. It is essential that the treatment of victims is not a lottery depending on which Member State is visited."
"The expanding EU rightly sees building an area of freedom security and justice as a priority. It is unacceptable that while people can travel freely within the EU they find their rights as victims - or indeed as suspects - vary considerably as they cross borders."