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Election of the members of GRETA

On 11 June 2008, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a Resolution establishing the election procedure of the members of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA). Resolution CM/Res(2008)7 on rules on the election procedure of the members of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA).

The procedure aims to guarantee the election of 10 to 15 experts who will be independent and impartial in their evaluation of the implementation of the Convention by the parties. In addition it aims to ensure a multidisciplinary expertise, a gender and geographical balance as well as representation of the main legal systems.

The rules stipulate that the GRETA members must have recognised competence in the fields of human rights, of assistance and protection of victims or of action against trafficking in human beings, or professional experience in the areas covered by the Convention. They must serve in their individual capacity, be independent and impartial, and be available to serve GRETA effectively.

States party to the Convention are entitled to nominate candidates for GRETA membership. The states are required to ensure that their national selection procedure leading to the nomination of candidates for GRETA is either in accordance with published national guidelines or is otherwise transparent and designed to lead to the nomination of the most qualified candidates. Electronic version of the model curriculum vitae set out in the Annex to Resolution (2008)7

The Committee of the Parties elected 13 members for the first composition of GRETA, at its first meeting on 5 and 8 December 2008.

On 6 December 2010, at its 5th meeting, the Committee of the Parties elected two more members bringing the total number of GRETA members to its maximum of 15 as provided for by the Convention. More

Following the resignation of one of the GRETA members on 2 May 2011, the procedure to fill this vacant seat has been launched and the Committee of the Parties will proceed with the election of a new member at its next meeting on 26 September 2011. More