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EU Policy

EU Policy

The EU policy section provides an overview of EU policy to address trafficking in human beings. It contains information from the European Commission, the European Parliament and other EU institutions and agencies.

The European Union's policy for addressing trafficking in human beings is comprehensive focusing on prevention, protection of victims, prosecution of criminals, and the developing partnerships with the various actors involved. This approach is human rights based, victims centred, gender specific and child sensitive.

This approach is reflected in the EU Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims of 5 of April 2011 (which replaces the 2002 framework decision).This Directive brings robust provisions on victim's protection, including national mechanisms for early identification and assistance of victims and supports the principle of non-punishment and unconditional assistance. It also obliges Member States to appoint National Rapporteurs or Equivalent Mechanisms.

An important policy instrument that follows from the Directive on trafficking is the EU Strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in human beings 2012-2016. The Strategy expands on issues identified in the Directive and is consistent with its comprehensive approach. It focuses, therefore, on prevention, protection, prosecution and partnerships and also on ways to increase knowledge on emerging concerns related to trafficking in human beings.

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  1. Call for proposals to support victims of trafficking in human beings

    Publication date: 30.07.2018

    A  call  for proposals has been published including the topic  Support to victims of trafficking in human beings, with  deadline 31 January 2019.   This call is part of the activities foreseen in the Annual Work Programme 2018 for the  Asylum Migration In ...Read More

  2. Heads of ten EU Agencies commit to working together against trafficking in human beings

    Publication date: 13.06.2018

    Today, the Heads of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), European Police Office (Europol), European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA), European Monitoring Centre fo ...Read More

  3. Call for expression of interest to participate in the EU Civil Society Platform against trafficking in human beings open to civil society organisations that are legally based in Denmark, Estonia, and Malta

    Publication date: 07.03.2018

    On 31 May 2013, the Commission launched an EU Civil Society Platform against trafficking in human beings as an action of the  EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016. The participation  of civil society actors from acr ...Read More

  4. Commission sets out priorities to step up EU action

    Publication date: 04.12.2017

    The European Commission put forward a list of  concrete actions  to better prevent the trafficking in human beings. Building on the  EU strategy  and in light of recent migratory, economic and security challenges, the priorities set out by the Commission ...Read More

  5. Open calls for proposals for projects addressing Trafficking in Human Beings

    Publication date: 24.11.2017

    Internal Security Fund (ISF) Police- Call for proposals:   Organised crime – projects addressing trafficking in human beings, link to the  text.  Deadline: 31 January 2018, h 17:00 The main objective of this Call for Proposals, in line with ISF Police 201 ...Read More

  6. Integration of victims of trafficking in human beings

    Publication date: 15.11.2017

    According to the 2016 Report on the progress made in the fight against trafficking in human beings, there is strong evidence that the migration crisis has been exploited by criminal networks involved in trafficking in human beings to target the most vulne ...Read More

  7. EU Anti-Trafficking Day: Stronger action needed to fight trafficking in human beings

    Publication date: 18.10.2017

    To mark the 1 1th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the European Commission is today calling for a renewed commitment to eradicating trafficking in human beings.   Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs, and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said: " Every d ...Read More

  8. Guidelines on non-financial reporting

    Publication date: 12.07.2017

    On 26th June 2017, the Commission adopted the  Guidelines on non-financial reporting, to enhance business transparency on social and environmental matters. The new guidelines will support companies in fulfilling their reporting obligations under current n ...Read More

  9. Transnational Referral Mechanism Model – TRM

    Publication date: 23.05.2017

    IOM launched an online platform featuring a Transnational Referral Mechanism Model – TRM, an outcome of the EU-funded Transnational Action (TACT) project,  developed as a deliverable of the EU Strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in human being ...Read More

  10. Guidelines on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child- 2017

    Publication date: 12.04.2017

    The EU Foreign Ministers have adopted the revised EU Guidelines on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child- Leave no Child Behind. Children have the potential to be the greatest agents of change and sustainable development in their communi ...Read More