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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First EU Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October 2007
Publication date : 18.10.2007
The European Commission launched in Brussels the first EU Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October 2007. The day is meant to raise awareness about this gross violation of human rights. The title of the Conference launching the Anti-Trafficking Day was more+
Motion for a European Parliament Resolution on the Social Integration of Women Belonging to Ethnic Minority Groups (2010/2041 (INI))
Publication date : 30.06.2010
The European Parliament urges the Commission and the Member States, in collaboration with NGOs and civil society groups, to achieve better policies at EU, national, regional and local level to improve the social inclusion especially of women more+
5th EU Anti-Trafficking Day
Publication date : 19.10.2011
To mark the occasion of the 5th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, held in Warsaw, on 18 October, 2011, the EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies (CEPOL, EASO, EIGE, FRONTEX, EUROJUST, EUROPOL, FRA) in cooperation with the Polish Presidency and the European more+
6th EU Anti-Trafficking Day-Working together towards the eradication of trafficking in human beings: The Way Forward
Publication date : 17.09.2012
To mark the 6th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the Cyprus EU Presidency and the European Commission are organising a high level conference in Brussels on 18 October 2012. The conference 'Working together towards the eradication of trafficking in human more+
6th EU Anti-Trafficking Day against trafficking in human beings: the Way Forward
Publication date : 30.10.2012
To mark the 6th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission organised a high level conference in Brussels on 18 October 2012. The conference 'Working together towards the eradication of 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+
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+
Targeted Call of expression of interest to participate in the EU Civil Society e-Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings
Publication date : 25.03.2014
The Commission would like to invite civil society organisations working on trafficking in human beings, to express their interest to participate in the EU Civil Society e-Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings. The present Call is open to more+
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