31 May 2013, Brussels
The European Commission is launching the EU Civil Society Platform against trafficking in human beings in order to create a forum for civil society organisations to engage at the EU level, exchange experiences and enhance coordination and cooperation amongst key actors. Over 100 civil society organisations from 26 Member States plus Croatia, as well as ten networks at the European and/or international level, are participating in the first meeting on 31 May 2013.
Reflecting the key role of civil society in protecting, assisting and supporting victims of trafficking in human beings, the Platform will also inform the implementation of the EU Strategy on how to best address trafficking in human beings through specific actions, including awareness-raising activities, in a targeted manner. Further through the work of the Platform, the European Commission will be better informed about the main challenges that civil society organisations face on the ground and on how to attend to the needs of the victims, for instance in the referral of victims of trafficking in human beings. Finally, possibilities for enabling online communication and networking amongst civil society actors will be considered in order to ensure a sustainable and regular dialogue".
After the midday briefing the live broadcast will be available from the EbS Channel