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E-notes (European NGOs Observatory on Trafficking, Exploitation and Slavery)

With a report detailing and analysing EU countries’ anti-trafficking policies, ‘E-notes’ is leading the way towards a common procedure for NGOs, allowing them to monitor and report on the effectiveness of anti-trafficking legislation.

Project dates 30/10/2009 - 30/10/2010
Total budget€201 037
EU contribution69%
Project CoordinatorAssociation On the Road (Italy)
Project Partners
  • La Strada International (the Netherlands)
  • ACCEM (Spain)
  • ALC (France)

Project Description

‘E-notes’ acknowledged the importance of monitoring and evaluating anti-trafficking frameworks in place in each EU country and ensuring the protection of trafficked persons’ rights.

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are active in this area, but were in need of a harmonised procedure to monitor and report on the efficiency and effectiveness of anti-trafficking legislation, as well as work carried out by governments, NGOs and other actors in the field.

Experienced partners and researchers working in the field of anti-trafficking were able to share their extensive knowledge during the project. As a result, researchers managed to compile an impressive amount of information and analysis on anti-trafficking policies in their countries. The involvement of researchers from 27 anti-trafficking NGOs – for the first time in the EU – was a particularly positive, albeit somewhat challenging, aspect of ‘E-notes’.

Benefits and results

The principal output of the project was the ‘E-notes’ report. This described the legislation, policies and actions that the 27 national governments within the EU organised in response to human trafficking in 2008 and 2009. It revealed that EU governments have different interpretations of what actions should have priority in the bid to stop trafficking and to protect trafficked persons.

The report indicated that the protection provided to many trafficked persons is inadequate and it made recommendations to both governments and the EU as a whole. A summary of the report was prepared in all official EU languages.

If the relevant stakeholders make use of the findings and the recommendations included in the final report, ‘E-notes’ could have significant and positive implications for the victims of trafficking.

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