Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

GRETAís first evaluation visit to Lithuania

Strasbourg, 26 May 2014 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out an evaluation visit to Lithuania from 19 to 22 May 2014. The visit was organised in the context of the first round of evaluation of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

During the visit, GRETA's delegation met representatives of the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Health, the Prosecutorís Office, the Vilnius Regional Court, the National Courts Administration and Vilnius Municipality. The delegation also held discussions with representatives of the Lithuanian Parliament and the Ombudsman for Childrenís Rights.

GRETA's delegation held separate meetings with representatives of non-governmental organisations active in combating trafficking in human beings and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

In the course of the visit, GRETA's delegation visited an NGO-run crisis centre for men victims of trafficking in Kaunas and a crisis centre for women victims of violence, including victims of trafficking, in Vilnius municipality.

The visit was carried out by Ms Alina Braşoveanu, First Vice-President of GRETA, and Ms Kateryna Levchenko, member of GRETA, who were accompanied by Mr David Dolidze of the Secretariat of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

On the basis of the information gathered during the visit and the reply from the Lithuanian authorities to GRETAís questionnaire, GRETA will prepare a draft report containing an analysis of the implementation of the Convention by Lithuania and suggestions for further action. This draft report will be transmitted to the Lithuanian authorities for comments, which will be taken into account by GRETA when establishing its final report. GRETAís final report will be made public, together with the comments of the Lithuanian authorities.