Together Against Trafficking in Human Beings

Council of the European Union

Council of the European Union

EU Annual Report on Human Rights and democracy in the world in 2015

 Council of European Union, 20 June 2016, 52 pages

The EU is committed to incorporating human rights in its development cooperation.

In this context, following the adoption in 2014 of the Commission Staff Working Document on a "Rights Based Approach” (RBA), encompassing all human rights for EU development cooperation.

The EU has started progressively to integrate such a rights-based approach in its development programmes.


Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy (2015-2019)

Keeping human rights at the heart of the EU agenda

JOIN(2015) 16 final, Brussels, 28.4.2015

The purpose of the present Joint Communication by the European Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy is to contribute to the elaboration of a new Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for the period 2015-2019.


Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the application of Directive 2009/52/EC

The Directive 2009/52/EC, adopted on 18 June 2009, seeks to counter the pull factor of finding work. It toughens sanctions for illegal employment and improves detection mechanisms, while providing for protective measures designed to redress injustices suffered by irregular migrants.


Adoption of draft Council Conclusions - Targeting developing forms of trafficking in human beings in the EU Member States

In this document the Council of the European Union calls for the Member States and the Institutions of the EU to provide information on developing forms of trafficking, and to enhance prevention activities.

The Council invites Member States to elaborate or enhance regular, multidisciplinary training for professionals, to include information on THB, including all forms of exploitation in training tools at all relevant levels of education.


COM/2011/0248 final

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. Communication on migration

Brussels, 4.5.2011

This Communication deals with new migration and security challenges such as organised crime which is responsible for trafficking human beings or facilitating irregular migration.


5th Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum (2013)

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council

Brussels, 22.5.2014, COM(2014) 288 final

The year 2013 saw a much more significant increase in the number of asylum applications than had been witnessed for several years. There was also a sharp increase in the number of cases of persons detected crossing borders irregularly compared to 2012.

This showed the need to take action at EU level to support Member States to tackle the challenges of responding to migratory pressures, in full respect of migrants' fundamental rights.