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1st Evaluation Round: GRETA carries out its first country visit to Cyprus

A delegation of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a country visit to Cyprus from 11 to 14 October 2010, in order to prepare its first monitoring report on the fight against human trafficking in Cyprus.

This was the first country visit to be 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 Nicosia with representatives of relevant ministries and other public bodies. It also met 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 Mr Nicolas LE COZ, First Vice-President of GRETA and Ms Diana TUDORACHE, member of GRETA, who were accompanied by Mr Christos GIAKOUMOPOULOS, Acting Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe Convention, and Ms Carolina LASÉN DIAZ of the Anti-Trafficking Secretariat.

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