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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Meeting of the Informal Network of National Rapporteurs and Equivalent Mechanisms 2012
Publication date : 06.02.2012
The meeting of the Informal Network of National Rapporteurs and Equivalent Mechanisms took place in Brussels on the 2nd and 3rd February 2012. The meeting was co-chaired by Ms Kira Appel, the Danish Presidency of the EU, and Ms Myria Vassiliadou, more+
Our efforts to eradicate trafficking in all its forms
Publication date : 09.05.2012
In the article published on the Parliament.com website, Myria Vassiliadou lists the most important steps the EU has undergone since she holds a mandate as EU Anti-trafficking Coordinator. A harmonised legal framework throughout the EU has been set more+
Informal experts level meeting with GRETA
Publication date : 09.10.2012
An informal meeting at experts level has been held at DG Home Affairs on the 11th of September 2012. Aim of this informal meeting amongst experts was to discuss how to best address trafficking in human beings, using to the fullest possible the 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+
- Second meeting of the EU Civil Society Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings Dates: 09/12/2013 - 10/12/2013
- Trafficking in human beings within the European Union: the Slavery of 21st Century Dates: 10/12/2013 - 10/12/2013
- 8th European Forum on the rights of the child Dates: 17/12/2013 - 18/12/2013
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