Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits Austria

Strasbourg, 22 November 2010 - A delegation of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a country visit to Austria from 16 to 19 November 2010, in order to prepare its first monitoring report on the fight against human trafficking in Austria.

This was the third country visit carried out in the context of the first round of evaluation of implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. This round was launched in February 2010 when GRETA addressed a questionnaire to the first 10 Parties to the Convention: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Georgia, Moldova, Romania and the Slovak Republic.

During the visit, the GRETA delegation held meetings in Vienna with representatives of relevant ministries and other public bodies. It also held meetings with members of non-governmental organisations active in combating trafficking in human beings and human rights protection, as well as with other members of civil society dealing with issues of concern to GRETA.

The visit was carried out by Ms Hanne Sophie GREVE, President of GRETA and Mr Vladimir GILCA, member of GRETA, who were accompanied by Ms Claudia LAM from the Anti-Trafficking Secretariat.

On the basis of the information gathered during the visit and the reply to the questionnaire by the Austrian Government, GRETA will prepare a draft report containing its analysis of the implementation of the Convention by Austria, as well as suggestions concerning the way in which Austria may deal with the problems which have been identified. This draft report shall be transmitted to the Austrian Government for comments before GRETA prepares its final report, which will be made public along with any final comments by the Government.