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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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Publication of GRETA’s second report on Croatia
 
4 February 2016, Strasbourg – The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its second evaluation report on Croatia. The report assesses developments since the publication of GRETA’s first evaluation report on Croatia in November 2011 regarding the implementation of the Council of Europe’s Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. [More...]


GRETA’s second evaluation round visit to Latvia

1 February 2016 - 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 Latvia from 25 to 29 January 2016. 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 2012 (link to GRETA first  report on Latvia). [More...]


 Publication of GRETA’s second report on Bulgaria

Strasbourg, 28.01.2016 – The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its second evaluation report on Bulgaria. The report assesses developments since the publication of GRETA’s first evaluation report on Bulgaria in December 2011 as regards the implementation of the Council of Europe’s Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. [More...]


Liechtenstein becomes the 45th party to the Convention

Strasbourg, 27 January 2016 - Today Liechtenstein ratified the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. The Convention will enter into force as regards Liechtenstein on 1 May 2016.

The Convention has been ratified by 44 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, Liechtenstein, Lithuania Luxembourg, Malta, Republic of MoldovaMonaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway Poland, Portugal,  Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, SwedenSwitzerland, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Further, Belarus acceded to the Convention on 26 November 2013, thus becoming the first country outside the Council of Europe to join the Convention.

The Convention has also been signed, but not yet ratified by Turkey.


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GRETA’s second evaluation round visit to Armenia

22 December 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 Armenia from 14 to 18 December 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 (THB) since the first evaluation visit by GRETA in 2011 (link to GRETA report on Armenia). [More...]


Promoting the protection of the rights of victims of trafficking in human beings: a multi-disciplinary regional workshop in Budva, Montenegro
 
16 December 2015 - The Council of Europe, in co-operation with the Office for Fight against Trafficking in Human Beings of Montenegro, organised a two-day workshop on enhancing the protection of victims of trafficking in human beings.

The workshop, which took place on 15 and 16 December in Budva, Montenegro, brought together some 33 experts from seven countries in the Western Balkans. [More...]


Round-table to support anti-trafficking efforts in Belgium

A round-table meeting on the follow-up to be given to GRETA’s first report on Belgium took place in Brussels on 3 December 2015.
The meeting was opened by the Minister of Justice of Belgium, Mr Koen Geens. Participants included representatives of relevant ministries and agencies, the Federal Migration Centre (Myria), non-governmental organisations and Council of Europe experts. [More...]


 

Round-table to support anti-trafficking efforts in Luxemburg
 
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 Luxemburg took place in Luxembourg on 30 November 2015. [More...]


 17th meeting of the Committee of the Parties

The 17th meeting of the Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings was held in Strasbourg on 30 November 2015. [More..]


GRETA's 24th meeting

The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) held its 24th meeting from 16 to 20 November 2015 at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. [More...]

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Round-table to support anti-trafficking efforts in Azerbaijan

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 Azerbaijan took place in Baku on 10 November 2015. [More...]


 Publication of GRETA’s second report on the Slovak Republic

Strasbourg, 09.11.2015 – The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its second evaluation report on the Slovak Republic.
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 Publication of GRETA’s second report on Cyprus   Link to report 

Strasbourg, 6.11.2015 – The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its second evaluation report on Cyprus. The report assesses progress made over the last four years in implementing the Council of Europe’s Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, following the publication of GRETA’s first evaluation report in September 2011.  [More...]


 GRETA’s second evaluation visit to the United Kingdom

Strasbourg, 4 November 2015 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a visit to the United Kingdom from 23 to 30 October 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 2012 (GRETA report on the UK). [More...]


GRETA’s second evaluation round visit to Montenegro

20 October 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 Montenegro from 12 to 15 October 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 Montenegro) [More...]


 GRETA’s second evaluation round visit to Romania

19 October 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 Romania from 12 to 16 October 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 (THB) since the first evaluation visit by GRETA in 2011 (link to GRETA report on Romania). [More...]


Statement by GRETA on the occasion of the 9th EU Anti-Trafficking Day

Governments must act to prevent and combat child trafficking along migration routes

Strasbourg, 16 October 2015 - Ahead of the 9th EU Anti-Trafficking Day (18 October), the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has warned about the increased risk of human trafficking posed by the current refugee crisis and the urgent need to address the particular vulnerability of unaccompanied children. [More...]


Publication of GRETA’s First Report on Switzerland
Link to report

Strasbourg, 14.10.2015 – The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its first evaluation report on Switzerland’s implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. [More...]


Publication of GRETA’s second report on Austria
Link to report

Strasbourg, 12.10.2015 – The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its second evaluation report on Austria. The report assesses progress made over the last four years, following the publication of GRETA’s first evaluation report in September 2011, in implementing the Council of Europe’s Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. [More...]


Round-table to support anti-trafficking efforts in Sweden

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 Sweden took place in Stockholm on 29 September 2015.

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Statement by GRETA on the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons

Current management of the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean region must not be disconnected from obligations to combat trafficking in human beings

Strasbourg, 30.07.2015 – On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) expresses deep concern at the current humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean region, which may fuel trafficking in human beings. [More...]


International Conference on the interface between protection of victims of trafficking in human beings and asylum

 26 June 2015 – The Council of Europe, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Bulgarian National Commission for Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation together organised an International Conference held in Sofia from 23 to 24 June 2015 on “the interface between protection of victims of trafficking in human beings and asylum”. [More...]


 Conference “Human Trafficking: Transitions and Transformations – Focus on Victims’ Rights”

Strasbourg, 16 June 2015 – A conference organised today at the Council of Europe marked the 10th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.   The Convention was opened for signature on 16 May 2005 in Warsaw. It has so far been ratified by 43 countries (42 Council of Europe member States and Belarus).

In his opening statement, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland called on the Czech Republic, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Russia and Turkey to sign and ratify the Convention. [More...]

Link to the dedicated conference page

 


First GRETA report on Lithuania

Link to the report

Strasbourg, 5 June 2015 – The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its first evaluation report on Lithuania. [More...]


GRETA publishes first report on Finland

Link to the report

Strasbourg, 4 June 2015 – The Finnish authorities have taken important steps to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings, but a number of challenges remain, according to a report published today by the Council of Europe’s expert group on human trafficking, GRETA. [More...]


First GRETA report on Germany

Link to the report

Strasbourg, 3 June 2015 - In its first report on Germany published today, the Council of Europe’s expert body on trafficking in human beings, GRETA, calls on the German authorities to improve the proactive identification of victims of trafficking and to ensure that adequate assistance is provided to all victims, including those subjected to labour exploitation. [More...]


GRETA publishes first report on Hungary

Link to report

Strasbourg, 29 May 2015 – The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its first evaluation on Hungary. [More...]


Second workshop for judges and prosecutors on the non-punishment provision

28 April 2015 – The Council of Europe and the OSCE organised for the second time a joint workshop for judges and prosecutors on enhancing the protection of victims of trafficking in human beings. [More...]


 

Human trafficking: Many European states not doing enough for child victims

Strasbourg, 16.04.2015 - In its Fourth General Report, published today, the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) provides an analysis of trends, gaps and best practices identified in GRETA’s 35 country-by-country reports published between 2011 and 2014 as part of the first evaluation round of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. [More...]

Video of CoE Journal interview

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