Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings, and protecting victims, repealing Framework Decision 2002/629/JHA, 24 pages
The Commission proposal for a Directive on preventing and combating human trafficking and protecting victims, adopted on 29 March 2010, will replace the 2002 EU framework decision on combating trafficking in human beings. The proposal for a Directive further reconciles discrepancies between the laws of the Member States on prevention, victim protection and prosecution of traffickers. The new Directive brings robust provisions on victim's protection, including national mechanisms for early identification and assistance, and supports the principle of non-punishment for petty crimes and unconditional assistance. It also obliges MS to set up National Rapporteurs or equivalent mechanisms to be responsible for monitoring implementation of anti-trafficking policy at the national level.*
* This Directive follows up on the Commission's proposal for a Framework Decision on the same subject from March 2009. That proposal was negotiated in Council during 2009, and political agreement was reached on a text in the JHA Council of the 30 November 2009. The next day, the proposal for a Framework Decision lapsed due to the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon.