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EU Anti Trafficking Coordinator visit to Poland

Myria Vassiliadou, EU Anti Trafficking Coordinator, visited Poland on the  13th and 14th of  March.

The EU ATC met with representatives of governmental and non-governmental bodies in the field of addressing trafficking in human beings.

See below selected highlights from her visit, courtesy of the European Commission Representation in Poland.

Full article (in PL):



EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström

Cecilia Malmström is the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs and in charge of designing a European response to the crimes of trafficking in human beings. She firmly underlines the need for action: "This is modern slavery. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are being lured, forced, or threatened into a life of misery within the EU. It is our duty to do our utmost to help the victims, and to fight these criminals who are making profit on other people's misery."

15 December 2010, Brussels


EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, Myria Vassiliadou, on Cyprus Broadcasting Cooperation

To mark the 6th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the Cyprus EU Presidency and the European Commission are organising a high level conference in Brussels on 18 October 2012.

The conference 'Working together towards the eradication of trafficking in human beings: The Way Forward' will focus on the recently adopted EU Strategy on Trafficking in Human Beings. It aims to serve as a forum for exchange of views on shaping future actions to strengthen cooperation, victim protection and assistance, prevention and prosecution in the field of trafficking in human beings.


Cecilia Malmström on addressing trafficking in human beings: Interview for Cyprus Broadcasting Cooperation

Slavery was, in theory, abolished many years ago, but in the modern age, every year, hundreds of thousands of people are trafficked into the EU or within the EU.

Vulnerable women and men, boys and girls are traded - mostly for sexual exploitation, but also for forced labour, the removal of organs, for domestic servitude, forced marriage, begging, stealing and illegal adoption.


EU Anti-trafficking Coordinator: situation in Europe worrying

In an interview for New Europe, the European Union (EU) Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, Myria Vassiliadou, said that the situation in Europe in relation to trafficking in human beings was worrying, highlighting that according to the estimations of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), 880 000 people in the EU were victims of forced labour, including forced sexual exploitation.


“Human trafficking, the slavery of our times”

In article published on the Autumn 2012 issue of “Links, the magazine of the Council of British Chambers of Commerce”, Myria Vassiliadou, the EU Anti-trafficking Coordinator announces that the Commission will establish a European Business Coalition for addressing trafficking in human beings by 2014.

This coalition responds to the requests of many stakeholders, who emphasised the need to create partnerships with all actors, including the private sector, and to raise awareness and promoting practices reducing demand.


"No country can combat human trafficking alone"

In an interview published on the new issue of Austrian Der Standard, the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, Myria Vassiliadou, stresses that the EU is planning to take decisive action for addressing trafficking in human beings by means of a new Directive that is to be transposed by Member States by April 2013 and a Strategy for 2012-2016. Focus is placed on victims, assistance, support and protection.



Welcome to the interviews section.

Here you will find interviews to EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom, the EU anti-trafficking Coordinator Myria Vassiliadou, and anti-trafficking experts.

The interviews give an inside perspective on how the EU Instituitions work together to stop human trafficking.