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Malmström welcomes Council agreement on trafficking in human beings

3 December 2010

At the meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council today, the EU Justice Ministers agreed on a Directive on trafficking in human beings, following a proposal put forward by the European Commission earlier this year.

"I welcome the Council's decision", says EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström. "This directive is an important step in our ambition to get better at protecting the victims and punishing the criminals. We must do everything in our power to target and fight this modern slavery."

A vote on the directive in the European Parliament is expected in a few weeks time.

During the Justice and Home Affairs Council, Commissioner Malmström also presented the Internal Security Strategy in Action and participated in discussions on asylum and migration, unaccompanied minors and the fight against sexual abuse of children, among other issues.

Watch the press conferences on EBS and read more about the Council meeting on the website of the Belgian Presidency. You can read the Commission's press release on trafficking in human beings here.