Council conclusions on the new EU Strategy
Council conclusions on the new EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012–2016
Luxembourg, 25 October 2012, 6 pages
The Council has adopted conclusions on the new EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016, published by the Commission in June 2012, which present a set of recommendations for EU Member States, relevant EU Agencies and the Commission.
Member States are invited to ensure that they transpose, in a timely manner, Directive 2011/36/EU on on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims and immediately ratify the UN Palermo Protocol on Trafficking in Persons and the 2005 Council of Europe Convention on Actions against Trafficking in Human Beings. Member States are also invited to implement the recommendations contained within the strategy which concern, among other issues, measures to improve law enforcement agency expertise and protect the interest of the victim.
Relevant EU Agencies are invited to further address trafficking in human beings in a coordinated, coherent and comprehensive manner, in partnership with Member States, EU institutions and other parties, including civil society, as agreed in the 2011 joint statement signed by the EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies and to maintain a multidisciplinary approach.
The Commission is invited to ensure adequate financial resources for implementing the EU Strategy, through the current and future external financial instruments and to coordinate actions with existing international organizations, European agencies and bodies and make full use of the monitoring reports of international organisations. Among other actions, the Commission has also been invited to implement and strengthen actions within the strategy and Directive by further developing policies and approaches to address trafficking in human beings.