21 December 2010
Following last week's great majority vote in the European Parliament, in favour of the Directive proposal that EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström presented in March, today was a further step forward in the fight against trafficking in human beings.
Cecilia Malmström and the new EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Myria Vassiliadou held a joint press conference in Brussels today, where they welcomed the recent developments, and also presented the new anti-trafficking website, www.ec.europa.eu/anti-trafficking.
"I hope that this website will help raise awareness about human trafficking, that it will become a one stop shop for practitioners, civil society, and others interested in learning more about trafficking, and what the EU does to fight it", said Cecilia Malmström.
Myria Vassiliadou gave her view on her new position as Anti-Trafficking Coordinator:
"Trafficking in human beings is a global challenge to which I have personally and professionally been very committed for the last decade. I have worked on this issue as an academic, an activist, and an advocate trying to influence national and European policies within the broader context of gender equality, fundamental rights, and social justice".