Tackling human trafficking: entry into force of the EU Anti-Trafficking Directive
Press conference with Commissioner Cecilia Malmström
12.30, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
The Commission will publish newly collected statistics on the number of people trafficked in and to the EU and user-friendly information about the rights to legal assistance, medical help, temporary residence and more. Having a clear overview of such rights granted under EU legislation, will help victims and practitioners working in the field of trafficking in human beings, in order to understand their rights and applying them effectively.
With the entry into force of the EU Anti-Trafficking Directive, presented in 2011, the European Commission is calling for more efforts to curb this worrying trend by ensuring that ambitious legislations and measures to fight trafficking in human beings are developed and implemented in accordance with the Directive.
The deadline for transposition of the EU Anti-Trafficking Directive expires on 6 April 2013. If the Directive is fully transposed, it has the potential to have a real and concrete impact on the lives of the victims and to prevent others from falling victim to such a devastating crime. The new rules cover 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.
In a bid to support and complement the implementation of EU legislation on trafficking, the Commission adopted last year an EU Strategy focusing on concrete actions, including for providing information on victims' rights.