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Trafficking in human beings violates the rights and affects the lives of countless people in Europe and beyond. The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, which entered into force on 1 February 2008, aims to prevent trafficking in human beings, protect victims of trafficking, prosecute traffickers, and promote co-ordination of national actions and international co-operation. The countries which have signed up to the Convention are monitored by the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA). The Council of Europe also supports governments in the implementation of the Convention and the recommendations emerging from its monitoring process.

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 GRETA's 22nd meeting

The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) held its 22nd meeting from 16-20 March 2015 at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

During this meeting, GRETA re-elected Nicolas Le Coz as its President. Mr Le Coz is a lawyer and senior officer in the French National Gendarmerie. Siobhán Mullally, who is Professor of Law at University College Cork (Ireland), was elected as GRETA’s 1st Vice-President. Jan van Dijk, who is Professor of Victimology at Tilburg University (Netherlands), was elected as GRETA’s 2nd Vice-President. [More...]

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GRETA’s second evaluation visit to Croatia

18 March 2015 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a second evaluation visit to Croatia from 9 to 12 March 2015. The visit provided an opportunity to assess progress in the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings since the first evaluation by GRETA in 2011 (GRETA report on Croatia). [More...]


GRETA’s second evaluation visit to Bulgaria
 
2 March 2015 - 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 Bulgaria from 23 to 27 February 2015. The visit provided an opportunity to assess progress in the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings since the first evaluation by GRETA in 2011 (GRETA report on Bulgaria). [More...]


Estonia becomes 43rd party to the Convention

On 5 February 2015 Estonia ratified the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. The Convention will enter into force as regards Estonia on 1 June 2015.

The Convention has been ratified by 42 Council of Europe member States: Albania, Andorra, Armenia,  Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland France, Georgia, Greece Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania Luxembourg, Malta, Republic of MoldovaMontenegro, the Netherlands, Norway Poland, Portugal,  Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, SwedenSwitzerland, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Ukraineand the United Kingdom. In 2013, Belarus acceded to the Convention as the first non-member State.

The Convention has also been signed but not yet ratified by one Council of Europe member State: Turkey.

Round-table to support France’s anti-trafficking efforts

 A round-table meeting on the follow-up to be given to GRETA’s first evaluation report and the Committee of the Parties’ recommendation on the implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by France took place in Paris on 30 January 2015. [More...]


GRETA’s second evaluation visit to Austria
 
15 December 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 Austria from 9 to 12 December 2014. The visit provided an opportunity to assess progress in the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings since the first evaluation by GRETA in 2010 (GRETA report on Austria). [More...]

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Round-table to support anti-trafficking efforts in Latvia

A round-table meeting on the follow-up to be given to GRETA’s first report and the Committee of the Parties’ recommendation on the implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Latvia took place in Riga on 10 December 2014. [More...]


 

GRETA’s second evaluation round visit to Cyprus

15 December 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 Cyprus from 8 to 11 December 2014. The visit provided an opportunity to assess progress in the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings since the first evaluation visit by GRETA in 2010 (GRETA report on Cyprus). [More...]


Re-election of two GRETA members and other decisions taken by the Committee of the Parties

At its 15th meeting (5 December 2014), the Committee of the Parties to the Convention re-elected two members of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) for a second term of office: Mr Helmut Sax (Austria) and Mr Jan van Dijk (Netherlands). Their new term of office will run from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2018. [More...]


GRETA’s second evaluation visit to the Slovak Republic

1 December 2014 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a second evaluation visit to the Slovak Republic from 25 to 28 November 2014. [More...]


President of GRETA addresses 3rd INTERPOL Global Trafficking in Human Beings Conference

The 3rd INTERPOL Global Trafficking in Human Beings Conference took place on 12-14 November in Lyon, France.
In a keynote address made at the opening of the conference, the President of GRETA, Nicolas Le Coz, said: “Victims not only need to be identified, but also protected, especially when they are testifying against their traffickers. [More...]

Link to conference page 


Round-table to support anti-trafficking efforts in Montenegro

A round-table meeting on the follow-up to be given to GRETA’s first evaluation report and the Committee of the Parties’ recommendation on the implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Montenegro took place in Podgorica on 13 November 2014. [More...]


Council of Europe and OSCE recall the responsibility of businesses and governments to prevent exploitation and combat human trafficking
 
The Council of Europe and the OSCE organised a joint side event in Vienna on 4 November 2014 on measures that businesses, civil society and governments can take to prevent trafficking in human beings for labour exploitation. [More...]

OSCE side event page 


Round-table to support anti-trafficking efforts in Portugal

On 30 October 2014 the Anti-Trafficking Division of the Council of Europe, in co-operation with the National Rapporteur for Human Trafficking and the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality of Portugal, organised a round-table meeting in Lisbon for some 40 representatives of relevant ministries, public agencies and non-governmental organisations. [More...]


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