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1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits Belgium
10.10.2012 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a country visit to Belgium from 1 to 5 October 2012. 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 (2010-2013).
During the visit, the GRETA delegation held consultations with the State Secretary for Asylum and Migration, members of the bureau of the Interministerial Co-ordination Unit on Action against Trafficking and Smuggling of Human Beings, including representatives of the Federal Public Service (FPS) of Justice, the FPS of the Interior, the FPS of Foreign Affairs, the FPS of Labour and Social Consultation and the FPS of Social Security. The delegation also met a member of the Working Group on Trafficking in Human Beings of the Senate, the General Delegate for the Rights of the Child and the Flemish Children's Rights Commissioner, as well as representatives of the Anti-trafficking Unit of the Center for Equal Opportunities and the Fight against Racism, and of the Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers. Meetings were also held with representatives of the Federal Public Prosecutor, of the Expertise Network on Smuggling and Trafficking in Human Beings of the College of General Prosecutors, other criminal and labour prosecutors, as well as members of the Federal Criminal Police and representatives of police, social and other services at regional and local levels.
In addition, the GRETA delegation met representatives of non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations and members of civil society active in combating trafficking in human beings and protecting human rights.
In the course of the visit, the GRETA delegation visited two reception centers for victims of trafficking in human beings run by non-governmental organisations.
The visit was carried out by Mr. Nicolas Le Coz, President of GRETA, and Ms Vessela Banova, member of GRETA, who were accompanied by Ms Claudia Lam of the Anti-Trafficking Secretariat.
On the basis of the information gathered during the visit and the reply from the Belgian authorities to GRETA’s questionnaire, GRETA will prepare a draft report containing an analysis of the implementation of the Convention by Belgium and suggestions for further action. This draft report will be transmitted to the Belgian 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 Belgian authorities.