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  • The Commission asks Cyprus, Spain, Italy and Luxembourg to enact EU rules on trafficking

    The Commission has formally requested Cyprus, Spain, Italy and Luxembourg, to ensure full compliance with their obligations under EU legislation on human trafficking (IP/11/332).

    More than 6 months after the deadline for transposing Directive 2011/36/EU, and despite letters of formal notice sent on 29 May 2013, these countries have still not notified the Commission of national measures taken to enact EU rules.

    The Commission is therefore sending reasoned opinions. If the Member States do not comply with their legal obligation within two months, the Commission may decide to refer them to the Court of Justice.

    The EU Directive on trafficking in human beings can make a real difference on the lives of the victims and to prevent others from falling victim. The Directive covers actions in different areas such as criminal law provisions, prosecution of offenders, victims' support and victims' rights in criminal proceedings, prevention and monitoring of the implementation.

    To date 20 countries have notified a full transposition (Czech Republic, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Finland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ireland, Greece, France, Austria, Portugal, Slovakia and UK, the Netherlands and Malta).

    (for more information: M. Cercone - Tel. +32 229 80963 - Mobile +32 498 98 2349)



    For more detailed information, please visit: Press Release MEMO 13-1005


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