The EU Civil Society Platform against trafficking in human beings was launched in 2013 as a key action of the EU Strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in human beings (2012-2016), and currently brings together nearly 100 participants from across the EU and beyond.
The Platform regularly meets twice per year, including in joint session with the EU Network of National Rapporteurs or Equivalent Mechanisms on trafficking in human beings. Meetings are organised by the Office of the EU Anti-trafficking Coordinator.
The role of the Platform
The Anti-trafficking Directive emphasises the role of civil society and encourages EU countries to work closely with civil society organisations including recognised and active non-governmental organisations working with trafficked persons in:
- policymaking initiatives
- information and awareness-raising campaigns
- research and education programmes and in training
- monitoring and evaluating the impact of anti-trafficking measures
The current EU Strategy on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings (2021-2025) also underlines the European Commission’s work with the EU Civil Society Platform against trafficking in human beings.
The Platform is complemented by an online ePlatform, launched in 2014 to include further participants while overcoming logistical and budget constraints, as well as to give continuity to the discussions held in the meetings of the Platform, fostering information exchange and facilitating its dissemination.
Open calls for participation
Open calls for expression of interest were launched over the years. Calls targeted civil society organisations based in selected non-EU countries, working especially on child victims of trafficking, and to ensure geographical balance (2016 call, 2018 call), as well as organisations legally based in EU countries.
Please note that participants of both the Platform and the ePlatform have applied to the calls for expression of interest launched by the European Commission, and have been selected through the respective processes. Due to the numerous expressions of interest received, several calls have been published over the years. Spontaneous applications, in the absence of an open call, cannot be taken into consideration, but we encourage you to monitor this website, which will be updated should new open calls be published in the future.
You are also encouraged to liaise with the participants of both the Platform and the ePlatform to be informed about on-going joint efforts towards the eradication of trafficking in human beings.