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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Orientation notes for external cooperation in the field of migration and asylum on Trafficking in Human Beings
Publication date : 14.07.2010
EuropeAid, July 2009, 10 pagesThis note has been produced by EuropeAid, Unit E3 "Social and Human Development and Migration", with the support of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), and gives and overview of the work more+
Publication date : 04.05.2011
Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. Communication on migration Brussels, 4.5.2011 This Communication deals with new migration and security more+
First implementation report on the Action Oriented Paper
Publication date : 04.07.2011
The Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council adopted on 9 June 2011 the first report on the implementation of the Action-Oriented Paper (AOP) on strengthening the EU external dimension on action against trafficking in human beings; Towards Global EU more+
Communication on the Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM)
Publication date : 24.11.2011
The EU's Global Approach to Migration was adopted in 2005. It was designed to address all relevant aspects of migration in a balanced and comprehensive way, in partnership with non-EU countries. The Global Approach was evaluated in the first half of more+
Debate on the future of Home Affairs policies: An open and safe Europe – what next?
Publication date : 13.01.2014
Policy field(s) Home Affairs; Immigration; Asylum, Schengen, Borders, Visa, Internal Security, Organised crime & Human Trafficking, Crisis & Terrorism, Police cooperation, External Relations Target group(s) All citizens, Member States, more+
5th Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum (2013)
Publication date : 22.05.2014
Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council Brussels, 22.5.2014, COM(2014) 288 final The year 2013 saw a much more significant increase in the number of asylum applications than had been witnessed for several years. more+
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