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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Study on children`s involvement in criminal judicial proceedings
Publication date : 06.06.2014
European Commission, 06/06/2014 On the 06th of June 2014, Justice Ministers from the Member States agreed on a general approach (an informal agreement) for measures that will guarantee special safeguards for children during criminal court more+
5th Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum (2013)
Publication date : 22.05.2014
Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council Brussels, 22.5.2014, COM(2014) 288 final The year 2013 saw a much more significant increase in the number of asylum applications than had been witnessed for several years. more+
Public consultation - EU guidance on integrated Child Protection Systems
Publication date : 11.04.2014
Objective of the consultation In 2012 and 2013 the European Forum on the rights of the child looked at the role of integrated child protection systems across a range of situations that children encounter, with a view to developing EU guidance on more+
Targeted Call of expression of interest to participate in the EU Civil Society e-Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings
Publication date : 25.03.2014
The Commission would like to invite civil society organisations working on trafficking in human beings, to express their interest to participate in the EU Civil Society e-Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings. The present Call is open to more+
Communication on the future of EU Home Affairs policies
Publication date : 11.03.2014
The European Commission is presenting today its vision on the future agenda for Home Affairs: there is a need to fully implement the agreed legislation and existing instruments, and to ensure that the EU is able to respond to opportunities and more+
EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Myria Vassiliadou reiterates her support to the One Billion Rising Campaign
Publication date : 12.02.2014
On 12th February 2014, the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Myria Vassiliadou expressed her support to the One Billion Rising campaign by taking part to an event at the European Parliament co-organised by MEP Isabelle Durant and the European Women's more+
Debate on the future of Home Affairs policies: An open and safe Europe – what next?
Publication date : 13.01.2014
Policy field(s) Home Affairs; Immigration; Asylum, Schengen, Borders, Visa, Internal Security, Organised crime & Human Trafficking, Crisis & Terrorism, Police cooperation, External Relations Target group(s) All citizens, Member States, more+
Report on activities following the Joint Statement of the Heads of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies on THB
Publication date : 21.11.2013
EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies, October 2012, 7 pages On the occasion of the Fifth EU Anti-Trafficking Day in 2011 organised by the Commission under the Polish Presidency, the Heads of seven Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Agencies signed a more+
The Commission asks Cyprus, Spain, Italy and Luxembourg to enact EU rules on trafficking
Publication date : 21.11.2013
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 more+
Commission Decision of 22 July 2008 (2008/604/EC)
Publication date : 19.11.2013
By means of this Decision, the European Commission formally appoints the members of the second Group of Experts on trafficking in Human Beings.
- Trafficking in Human Beings for the Purpose of Organ Removal Dates: 21/11/2014 - 21/11/2014
- People as a commodity: Trafficking in Human Beings in Europe Dates: 09/12/2014 - 09/12/2014
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