The Council of Europe will organise an international conference to discuss ways to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants, often carried out by criminal groups. Representatives of governments and international organisations, as well as experts in this field will exchange best practices and experience on preventive measures and on the criminalisation of the smuggling of migrants. They will also tackle how to improve international co-operation and to better protect smuggled migrants. The conference aims to provide the background for future Council of Europe action. Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will speak at the opening. The opening and the first session - from 9.30 a.m. to 10.45 a.m. - are open to the media and will be webcast live.
Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04