24 November 2010
Negotiators from the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have agreed on the way forward in the EU's fight against trafficking in human beings. The text that was negotiated is a proposal for a Directive that the Commission put forward in March this year.
"I welcome this political agreement. It confirms the ambition of all EU institutions that we do not tolerate that people are being abused in the horrible industry of human trafficking. We must get better at protecting the victims and punishing the criminals behind this repelling crime. We must do everything in our power to target and fight this modern slavery", said Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.
The proposed Directive would oblige Member States to act on three fronts, by prosecuting criminals responsible for human trafficking, protecting the victims and preventing the offences.
It is now up to the European Parliament and the Council to vote on the Directive before it can be incorporated in the national legislation of Member States.