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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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+
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+
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+
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+
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+
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+
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