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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European Parliament Resolution of 5 April 2011 on priorities and outline of a new EU policy framework to fight violence against women (2010/2209(INI))
Publication date : 05.04.2011
The resolution draws attention to the worrying increase in human trafficking into and within the EU – a trade which targets women in particular – and urges Member States to take firm action to combat this illegal practice. According to the adopted more+
5th EU Anti-Trafficking Day
Publication date : 08.09.2011
The EU Agencies (CEPOL, EASO, EIGE, FRONTEX, EUROJUST, EUROPOL, FRA) in cooperation with the Polish Presidency of the EU and the European Commission organise a conference to mark the occasion of the 5th EU Anti-Trafficking Day to be held in Warsaw more+
Publication date : 26.09.2011
Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the regions Strengthening victims' rights in the EU In this Communication the Commission is presenting a package of more+
Publication date : 12.10.2011
COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL Enlargement Strategy and Main Challenges This communication assesses the current state of the European Union's enlargement agenda, comprising the Western Balkans, Turkey, more+
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