As per Article 19 of the EU Anti-Trafficking Directive, Member States have an obligation to establish national rapporteurs or equivalent mechanisms (NREMs). The NREMs’ tasks are essential, as they include the carrying out of the assessments of trends in trafficking in human beings, the measuring of results of anti-trafficking actions, including the gathering of statistics in close cooperation with relevant civil society organisations active in this field, and reporting.
The NREMs play a crucial role in the preparation of the progress reports on trafficking in human beings, as per Article 20 of the Directive. The EU Anti-trafficking Coordinator (EU ATC) works closely with the EU Network of the NREMs by sharing information and exchanging best practices, as well as in order to coordinate the tasks at the EU and national level.
The Network meets twice per year, including in Joint Session with the EU Civil Society Platform. The EU ATC, on behalf of the European Commission, co-chairs the meetings with the incumbent Presidency of the Council of the European Union.