Summary report: 6th EU A.T. Day
Sixth EU Anti-Trafficking Day, 18 October 2012: Working together towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings:The Way Forward
The Sixth EU Anti-Trafficking Day was co-organised by the Cyprus Presidency and the European Commission and took place in Brussels on 18th October 2012. It served as a forum for an exchange of views among almost 300 high level policy makers and representatives from EU Member States, academia and civil society.
The morning session was opened by Ms Eleni Mavrou, Minister of Interior of Cyprus, who stressed the need for coordinated action both at the EU and national level, underlying partnerships and placing the victim at the centre of our approach, as well as strengthening cooperation. These steps are vital to efforts to protect victims, prevent trafficking in human beings and prosecute traffickers. She also stressed a zero tolerance approach to this gross violation of human rights and the need to strengthen cooperation with civil society.
Ms Myria Vassiliadou, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, emphasised the importance of having the commitment and support of the EU Presidency, the European Commission and the European Parliament in the joint efforts to address trafficking in human beings and as vital to efforts to ensuring a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach across the EU.
Ms Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, reminded participants that the deadline for implementing the new, stronger EU legislation is fast approaching and called upon all EU Member States to transpose the Directive on time.
The afternoon session was dedicated to the discussion of specific topics in working groups, selected from the priorities of the EU Strategy.
Please note the report has been updated on 19 March 2013