The EU policy section provides an overview of EU policy to address trafficking in human beings. It contains information from the European Commission, the European Parliament and other EU institutions and agencies.
The European Union's policy for addressing trafficking in human beings is comprehensive focusing on prevention, protection of victims, prosecution of criminals, and the developing partnerships with the various actors involved. This approach is human rights based, victims centred, gender specific and child sensitive.
This approach is reflected in the EU Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims of 5 of April 2011 (which replaces the 2002 framework decision).This Directive brings robust provisions on victim's protection, including national mechanisms for early identification and assistance of victims and supports the principle of non-punishment and unconditional assistance. It also obliges Member States to appoint National Rapporteurs or Equivalent Mechanisms.
An important policy instrument that follows from the Directive on trafficking is the EU Strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in human beings 2012-2016. The Strategy expands on issues identified in the Directive and is consistent with its comprehensive approach. It focuses, therefore, on prevention, protection, prosecution and partnerships and also on ways to increase knowledge on emerging concerns related to trafficking in human beings.
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Exploring the Links between the Internet and Trafficking in Human Beings: Cyberspace for Prevention, not Recruitment
Publication date : 08.10.2013
In order to mark the Seventh EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the Lithuanian Presidency and European Commission are organising in Vilnius on 18th October 2013 a conference entitled "Exploring the Links between the Internet and Trafficking in Human Beings: more+
Trafficking in Human Beings and Gender – the EU Perspective
Publication date : 10.10.2013
30 September 2013 - EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström delivered a statement at the Ministerial Round Table concluding the Inter-ministerial conference: "The New York Convention 65 years later: observations and new perspectives", more+
Open Call for Tender for Studies related to trafficking in human beings — lots 1, 2, 3 and 4
Publication date : 14.10.2013
European Commission, Directorate-General for Home Affairs, Directorate C — Schengen The European Commission publishes a Call for tender for Studies related to trafficking in human beings. The studies are focused on 4 separate lots, each tenderer may more+
Statement by Commissioner Malmström on 7th EU Anti-Trafficking Day
Publication date : 17.10.2013
17 October 2013 - On the eve of the 7th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström delivered a statement emphasising that Europe is working closer together to address human trafficking. Commissioner Malmström stressed more+
Commission Decision of 22 July 2008 (2008/604/EC)
Publication date : 19.11.2013
By means of this Decision, the European Commission formally appoints the members of the second Group of Experts on trafficking in Human Beings.
The Commission asks Cyprus, Spain, Italy and Luxembourg to enact EU rules on trafficking
Publication date : 21.11.2013
The Commission has formally requested Cyprus, Spain, Italy and Luxembourg, to ensure full compliance with their obligations under EU legislation on human trafficking (IP/11/332). More than 6 months after the deadline for transposing Directive more+
Report on activities following the Joint Statement of the Heads of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies on THB
Publication date : 21.11.2013
EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies, October 2012, 7 pages On the occasion of the Fifth EU Anti-Trafficking Day in 2011 organised by the Commission under the Polish Presidency, the Heads of seven Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Agencies signed a more+
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