Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

GRETA’s first evaluation visit to Andorra

6 December 2013 – 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 Andorra from 27 to 29 November 2013. 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, the GRETA delegation met the Minister of Justice and the Interior, Mr Xavier Espot, together with representatives of his ministry, including the Director of the Police and the Directors of the Immigration Department and Labour Department. It also held meetings with representatives of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, as well as judges. Further, the GRETA delegation met members of the Andorran Parliament (Consell General).

The GRETA delegation held separate meetings with representatives of civil society, including from the Andorran Human Rights Institute and the Andorran Bar Association. It also met a representative of UNICEF in Andorra.

In the course of the evaluation visit, the GRETA delegation visited a shelter for women victims of violence which can also accommodate victims of human trafficking.

The visit was carried out by Ms Vessela Banova and Mr Frédéric Kurz, members of GRETA, who were accompanied by Mr Gerald Dunn of the Secretariat of the Convention.

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