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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Opinion on measures in the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings to establish a Monitoring Mechanism
Publication date : 23.09.2004
24 September 2004, 2 pages This document contains an opinion, on measures in the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings to establish a Monitoring Mechanism, issued by the Experts group on Trafficking in Human more+
EU states slow to respond to trafficking in human beings
Publication date : 15.04.2013
23.632 people were identified or presumed victims of trafficking in the EU over the 2008-2010 period. This is the most striking figure emerging from the first report on trafficking in human beings in Europe, published by the European more+
EUROSTAT: First EU Statistical Data Report
Publication date : 15.04.2013
European Commission - Eurostat and DG Home Affairs, 2012, 91 pages This publication presents the first report at the EU level on statistics on trafficking in human beings. It includes data for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010, from all 27 EU Member more+
Commission launches EU Civil Society Platform against trafficking in human beings
Publication date : 03.06.2013
Europe needs to work closer together to help the victims of today's slavery. On 31 May 2013, over 100 European civil society organisations joined forces in the new EU Civil Society Platform against trafficking in human beings. The Europe-wide more+
EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Myria Vassiliadou reiterates her support to the One Billion Rising Campaign
Publication date : 12.02.2014
On 12th February 2014, the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Myria Vassiliadou expressed her support to the One Billion Rising campaign by taking part to an event at the European Parliament co-organised by MEP Isabelle Durant and the European Women's more+
- Combating Trafficking in Human Beings for Forced Labour, Children and Sexual Exploitation Dates: 23/04/2014 - 25/04/2014
- Round Table: Impresa e Forced Labour Dates: 09/05/2014 - 09/05/2014
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