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1st General Report on GRETA’s activities
Strasbourg, 1.09.2011 - In its 1st General Report, published today, the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) takes stock of the first two and a half years of its existence and reflects on the challenges that lie ahead.
GRETA is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, in force in 34 countries in Europe. Between September 2010 and June 2011, GRETA evaluated the first ten countries which became Parties to the Convention (Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Georgia, Moldova, Romania and the Slovak Republic). The first three evaluation reports adopted by GRETA, concerning Cyprus, Austria and the Slovak Republic, will be made public in the course of September 2011.
The General Report provides information on the procedural and organisational framework for GRETA’s activities and its working methods. Attention is also drawn to the establishment of working relations with other relevant actors. The report stresses that to enhance the effectiveness of international action against trafficking in human beings, it is necessary to increase co-ordination by international organisations in the different types of activities carried out and to strengthen partnerships with a view to achieving greater complementarity and synergies.
GRETA expresses the hope that the area of application of the Convention will be further expanded to include all Council of Europe member states as well as non-member states and the European Union, as allowed under the Convention.