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EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator

EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator

EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator

The EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator is responsible for improving coordination and coherence among EU institutions, EU agencies, Member States and international actors, and for developing existing and new EU policies to address Trafficking in Human Beings. This includes monitoring the implementation of the EU Strategy on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings 2021-2025.

The EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator is based in the European Commission.

The tasks of the EU Anti-trafficking Coordinator are laid down in the Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protection of its victims. As provided for under the Directive, the EU Anti-trafficking Coordinator also contributes to the reporting carried out by the European Commission every two years on the progress made in the fight against trafficking in human beings.

Myria Vassiliadou served as the first EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator from 2011 until end of February 2020. Olivier Onidi, Deputy Director General of the Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs, served as the acting EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator from March 2020 to June 2021.

The current EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator

Diane Schmitt took up the position as EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator on 1 July 2021.

Diane Schmitt

Diane is from Luxembourg and studied law in France. She has spent most of her career in the European Commission where she has held different positions and functions across various policy areas.

During her career, Diane Schmitt contributed to the development of the migration policy:

  • legal migration,
  • integration,
  • fight against smuggling and trafficking,
  • return and readmission

in the Migration and Home Affairs Directorate General and to the internal reform of the European Commission in the Human Resources and Security Directorate General. She was member of the Cabinet of the President of the Commission, as well as Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Vice-President in charge of Justice and Home Affairs. Her first assignment was in the Secretariat General.

From 2014 until 2019, Diane Schmitt was Head of Cabinet of the European Commissioner in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship. During a period characterized by an unprecedented migration crisis and by terrorist attacks, she contributed to the strategic development and implementation of the European policy on migration, border management and security, including cooperation with non-EU countries.

After the Cabinet, she used her experience in the Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs as Adviser for Enhancing External and Internal Policy Aspects of Migration and Security.

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