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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COM (2000) 854 final
Publication date : 21.01.2001
Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament - Combating trafficking in human beings and combating the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography (22/1/2001- COM (2000) 854 final), 35 pages In this more+
Towards an EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child
Publication date : 03.07.2006
Communication from the Commission - Towards an EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child (4/7/2006 - COM 2006 367 Final), 10 pages This Communication from the Commission proposes to establish a comprehensive EU strategy to effectively promote and more+
A Special Place for Children in EU External Action
Publication date : 04.02.2008
Communication from the Commission to the Council, European Parliament and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - A Special Place for Children in EU External Action (5/2/2008 – COM (2008) 55 final), 8 pages In this Communication the more+
Evaluation and monitoring of the EU Plan on combating and preventing trafficking in human beings
Publication date : 16.10.2008
Commission working document (17/10/2008 - COM/2008/657 final), 12 pages This report provides an evaluation of the implementation of anti-trafficking policy in the EU. The main findings include that the number of criminal proceedings and victims more+
Report on a common policy on illegal immigration, smuggling and trafficking in human beings
Publication date : 08.03.2009
Commission Staff working document, Third annual report on the development of a common policy on illegal immigration, smuggling and trafficking in human beings, external borders, and the return of illegal residents (9/3/2009 – SEC (2009) 320 final), more+
Action Plan on Unaccompanied Minors 2010 - 2014
Publication date : 05.05.2010
Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - Action Plan on Unaccompanied Minors 2010 - 2014 (6/5/2010 - COM (2010) 213 final), 17 pages The Action Plan on Unaccompanied Minors, adopted on 6 May 2010, proposes an more+
- How to Enhance Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking in the Baltic Sea Region Dates: 19/03/2014 - 19/03/2014
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