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13th meeting of the Committee of the Parties

The 13th meeting of the Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings was held in Strasbourg on Friday, 7 February 2014.[More…]
Meeting report

GRETA's 19th meeting

The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) held its 19th meeting from 17 to 21 March 2014 at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. [more...]

List of decisions

Belarus becomes the first country outside the Council of Europe to join the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

Belarus
acceded to the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings on 26 November 2013, thus becoming the first country outside the Council of Europe to join this treaty. The Convention will enter into force as regards Belarus on 1 March 2014.

The Convention has been ratified by 40 Council of Europe member States: Albania, Andorra, Armenia,  Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, LithuaniaLuxembourg, Malta, Republic of MoldovaMontenegro, the Netherlands, Norway Poland, Portugal,  Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, SwedenSwitzerland, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Another three Council of Europe member States – Estonia, Greece and Turkey – have signed but not yet ratified the Convention.

Seventh European Anti-Trafficking Day
Victims of trafficking: “Human beings with human rights that must be protected”
18 October 2013 – Three key international anti-trafficking expert mechanisms today called for a concerted global response to fight the transnational scourge of trafficking in persons.[more...]

12th meeting of the Committee of the Parties

The 12th meeting of the Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings was held in Strasbourg on Monday, 7 October 2013.

The Committee elected Ambassador Pekka Hyvönen (Finland) as its new Chair for a term of office of one year.

On the basis of GRETA's reports, the Committee of the Parties adopted recommendations addressed to Belgium, Ireland and Spain.

Further, the Committee considered reports submitted by the authorities of Austria, Cyprus and the Slovak Republic concerning measures taken to comply with the Committee of the Parties recommendations on the implementation of the Convention. The Committee took note of these reports and welcomed the measures taken by the authorities of Austria, Cyprus and the Slovak Republic. The Committee decided to transmit their reports to  GRETA in order for them to be taken into consideration during the second evaluation round.

The next meeting of the Committee of the Parties will be held on 7 February 2014.

National contact persons appointed to liaise with GRETA meet in Strasbourg

Strasbourg, 19 September 2013 - For the second time since 2010, a meeting of the contact persons appointed by the Parties to the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings to liaise with the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) took place in Strasbourg on 17 September 2013. GRETA was represented by its Bureau. [more...]

UN and European anti-trafficking experts join forces to fight trafficking in persons in Europe and beyond

STRASBOURG / GENEVA (5 July 2013) – Two key international anti-trafficking expert mechanisms have combined forces to strengthen the fight against trafficking in human beings in Europe and beyond. Nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labour exploitation, including human trafficking, across the world, of which almost a million in the European Union member States, according to estimate by the International Labour Organisation. [more...]

11th meeting of the Committee of the Parties

The 11th meeting of the Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings was held in Strasbourg on Friday, 7 June 2013.

On the basis of GRETA's reports the Committee of the Parties adopted recommendations addressed to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Norway and Poland.

The Committee also approved draft amendments to the Rules on the election procedure of the members of GRETA and decided to submit them to the Committee of Ministers for adoption.

The Committee elected Ambassador Drahoslav ŠTEFÁNEK (Slovak Republic) as its new Vice-Chair for a term of office of one year.

The next meeting of the Committee of the Parties will be held on 7 October 2013.

40th ratification of the Convention by Hungary on 4 April 2013

On 4 April 2013 Hungary ratified the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. The Convention will enter into force as regards Hungary on 1 August 2013.

The Convention has now been ratified by 40 Council of Europe member States Albania, Andorra, Armenia,  Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, LithuaniaLuxembourg, Malta, Republic of MoldovaMontenegro, the Netherlands, Norway Poland, Portugal,  Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, SwedenSwitzerland, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

The Convention has also been signed but not yet ratified by another three Council of Europe member States: Estonia, Greece and Turkey.

Publication of the proceedings of the Round table on action against trafficking in human beings (St Petersburg on 18 April 2012)

The proceedings of the Round table on action against trafficking in human beings which took place in St Petersburg on 18 April 2012 are now available in English and in Russian. This event, which was organised jointly by the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the Interparliamentary Assembly and the Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), brought together some 100 participants, including parliamentarians, public officials from CIS countries, prosecutors, law enforcement officials, researchers and representatives of non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations. [ More...]

The Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) elects its new Bureau

18 March 2013 - The Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) elected on 15 March 2013 its President and two Vice-Presidents.

Nicolas Le Coz has been re-elected as GRETA’s President. Mr Le Coz is a lawyer and senior officer in the French National Gendarmerie.

Alina Braşoveanu from the Republic of Moldova has been elected as GRETA’s 1st Vice-President. She is a specialist in human rights law and anti-trafficking action.

Helmut Sax, an Austrian human rights specialist and academic, has been elected as GRETA’s 2nd Vice-President.

These three GRETA members will constitute the Bureau of GRETA for a period of two years.

GRETA is a multidisciplinary group of 15 independent experts tasked with monitoring the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings in the 39 States which are currently Parties to this Convention.

10th meeting of the Committee of the Parties

The 10th meeting of the Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings was held in Strasbourg on Friday, 15 February 2013.

On the basis of GRETA's reports the Committee of the Parties adopted recommendations addressed to France, Latvia, Malta and Portugal.

The Committee elected Ambassador Joseph LICARI (Malta) as its new Chair for the term of office of one year. Further, as agreed at its previous meeting, the Committee held a preliminary exchange of views on possible amendments to the Rules on the election procedure of the members of GRETA. The Committee agreed to set up an open-ended working group, in order to discuss specific proposals.

The next meeting of the Committee of the Parties will be held on 7 June 2013.
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Five years of commitment to action against human trafficking in Europe

Strasbourg, 1 February 2013 – Today marks the 5th anniversary of the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. [More…]
 

Sixth European Anti-Trafficking Day
"We will never win the war against human trafficking if we fail to empower victims"

18.10.2012 - In Brussels today to speak at a conference organised by the Cyprus Presidency and the European Commission to mark the Sixth EU Anti-Trafficking Day, Mr Nicolas Le Coz, President of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), declared: “The fight against trafficking in human beings continues to be slowed down by persisting prejudices and misconceptions. There cannot be effective prevention of human trafficking without education, empowerment and anti-discrimination measures.  [more...]

GRETA Evaluation visit to Slovenia
Strasbourg, 19 December 2012 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out an evaluation visit to Slovenia from 10 to 13 December 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). [More...]

GRETA Evaluation visit to Luxembourg
19.12.2012 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out an evaluation visit to Luxembourg from 11 to 14 December 2012. This 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). .  [More...]

New composition of GRETA

At its 9th meeting (12-13 November 2012), the Committee of the Parties to the Convention held elections for 13 members of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA). Five of the current GRETA members were re-elected for a second term of four years, and eight new members were elected for the first time. The term of office of the 13 members will run from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2016.
The new composition of GRETA is as follows:
Ms Vessela BANOVA (Bulgarian) - re-elected
Ms Alina BRAŞOVEANU (Moldovan)
Mr Olafs BRUVERS (Latvian)
Mr Frédéric KURZ (Belgian)
Ms Leonor LADRÓN de GUEVARA Y GUERRERO (Spanish) - re-elected
Mr Nicolas LE COZ (French) -  re-elected
Ms Kateryna LEVCHENKO  (Ukrainian)
Ms Alexandra MALANGONE (Slovak) - re-lected
Ms Siobhán MULLALLY (Irish)
Mr Ryszard PIOTROWICZ (British)
Mr Helmut SAX (Austrian) - elected in 2010 for a term of office until the end of 2014
Ms Gulnara SHAHINIAN (Armenian) - re-elected
Mr Mihai ŞERBAN (Romanian)
Ms Rita THEODOROU SUPERMAN (Cypriot)
Mr Jan van DIJK (Dutch) - elected in 2010 for a term of office until the end of 2014.

1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits Spain
24.10.2012 - 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 Spain from 15 to 19 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). [More...]

 

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). [more ...]

GRETA welcomes the new EU Anti-Human Trafficking strategy

At its 14th meeting (25-29 June 2012), the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) considered the EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016. The publication of the Strategy on 19 June 2012 was preceded by consultations with a series of stakeholders, including the Council of Europe.

GRETA welcomes the Strategy’s comprehensive scope and focus on concrete measures aimed to step up action against trafficking in human beings. The Strategy refers to the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings and urges those EU Member States which have not yet done so, to ratify it.* The Strategy also stresses that the judgment of the European Court on Human Rights in the case Rantsev v Cyprus and Russia (2010) provides a decisive human rights benchmark with clear obligations for EU Member States to take the necessary steps to address different areas of trafficking in human beings.
 
GRETA notes that the European Commission intends to “establish effective monitoring and evaluation procedures that do not create repetitive reporting mechanisms” and to “exploit as far as possible existing reporting mechanisms in the field of trafficking in human beings”. In this context, GRETA welcomes the reference made to its reports and stresses that it is important to avoid unnecessary duplication of monitoring operations. GRETA is currently the only independent mechanism monitoring the implementation of international legally binding obligations against trafficking in human beings. GRETA’s country evaluation reports provide an authoritative source of information on different aspects of the fight against human trafficking, including identifying gaps, needs and good practices in the States monitored.
 
One of the five priorities of the Strategy is to improve the identification of victims of trafficking. Indeed, GRETA’s evaluation reports reveal the need to adopt a more proactive, multi-disciplinary approach to identification, which requires the setting up of coherent national referral mechanisms and providing training to all relevant professionals.
 
Another priority of the Strategy is to enhance co-ordination and co-operation among key actors to combat human trafficking. GRETA is committed to continuing its partnership with the European Union to improve the exchange of information and ensure co-operation in the areas covered by the Strategy which fall within GRETA’s mandate.

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21 EU Member States have ratified the Council of Europe Convention and a further five have signed it.

1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits Norway

Strasbourg, 30 May 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 Norway from 21 to 24 May 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). [More...]

 The president of GRETA meets the director of FRONTEX

On 16 May 2012 the President of the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), Mr Nicolas le Coz, met with the Director of the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (FRONTEX), Mr Ilkka Laitinen, at the FRONTEX headquarters in Warsaw. Ms Hanna Machinska, Head of the Office of the Council of Europe in Warsaw, and Mr David Reisenzein, External Relations Officer of FRONTEX, also participated in the meeting.

The Director of FRONTEX stressed that action against trafficking in human beings is a priority for the agency and presented the tools and recent initiatives developed in this field. The President of GRETA, recalling that the Council of Europe Anti-trafficking Convention already binds 20 of the 27 EU Member States and contains far-reaching provisions on the identification and protection of victims of trafficking, presented the Council of Europe’s anti-trafficking work and GRETA’s role. Recalling the links already established with the Anti-trafficking Co-ordinator on behalf of the European Commission, EUROJUST and other international organisations active in the field of action against trafficking in human beings, he stressed the importance of institutional and operational co-operation between the main stakeholders, as well as the transmission of information to GRETA for the establishment of its evaluation reports.

M. Laitinen and Mr Le Coz agreed, in the framework of the mandates of FRONTEX and GRETA, to implement co-operation between the two institutions.

A national co-ordinating body with the necessary authority is an efficient tool to prevent trafficking in human beings

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) organised in Warsaw on 14-16 May 2012 a Human Dimension Seminar on the Rule of Law Framework
for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings. More than 150 representatives of OSCE Participating States, international organisations and non-governemental organisations attended the seminar.

ODHIR Director Ambassador Janez Lenarčič opened the seminar by recalling that anti-trafficking policies will only be successful if they are ”governed by the principles of rule of law and centered on the protection of the rights of the victims to access justice and regain their human dignity”. Ms Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, underlined the necessity for States to evaluate the impact of their policies on the human rights of trafficked persons.

Speaking at the session on prevention of trafficking, the President of the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), Nicolas Le Coz, recalled that the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings is the only international legal instrument providing for the setting up of national co-ordinating bodies which bring together the actions of various anti-trafficking actors. The Convention also encourages state authorities to co-operate with non-governemental organisations in establishing strategic partnerships. He stressed the importance of giving such co-ordination bodies the authority necessary to fulfill their mission and called upon OSCE Participating States which have not yet done so to sign and ratify the Council of Europe Convention.

The President of GRETA put forth five recommendations concerning co-ordination of action against human trafficking, protection of groups and persons vulnerable to trafficking, support of research, protection of anti-trafficking actors from the influence of traffickers, and monitoring of national anti-trafficking systems.

1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits Bosnia and Herzegovina

Strasbourg, 21 May 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 Bosnia and Herzegovina from 14 to 18 May 2012. The visit was carried out 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). [More...]

1st Evaluation Round : GRETA visits Poland

Strasbourg, 3 May 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 Poland from 23 to 27 April 2012. The visit was carried out 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). [More...]


The Council of Europe Anti-trafficking Convention and GRETA’s monitoring reports strengthen the support provided by Eurojust in the prosecution of traffickers


On 26 and 27 April 2012, the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) participated in a strategic seminar on trafficking in human beings organised by Eurojust in The Hague, Netherlands. The seminar brought together national practitioners, experts, representatives of Eurojust, Europol, the European Commission and the Council of Europe.

Michèle Coninsx, President-Elect of Eurojust, and Ola Laurell, Chair of the Trafficking and Related Crimes Team (TRCT), recalled the assistance Eurojust can provide to States with a view to improving the number and quality of prosecutions. Ms Coninsx stressed the need to freeze, seize and confiscate the assets of organised criminal gangs involved in human trafficking and highlighted the enhanced role that Eurojust can play if used effectively by EU Member States. Mr Laurell announced a project launched by TRCT to uncover obstacles to the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking crimes.

Nicolas Le Coz, President of GRETA, explained that the provisions of the Council of Europe Anti-trafficking Convention and GRETA’s evaluation reports, which promote efficient criminal investigations and prosecutions as well as mutual legal assistance, are an added-value for action against trafficking in human beings and provide strong support to the work of Eurojust. Mr Le Coz recalled that the Convention, which has been ratified by 35 Council of Europe Member States (20 of which are also EU Member States), provides in its Article 23(3) for the confiscation of traffickers’ assets. GRETA has stressed in its reports that the confiscation of criminal assets is crucial as a way of reinforcing the effects of the penalty, as well as ensuring the compensation to victims.

The findings of the seminar will be incorporated into a report on best practices and an action plan for Eurojust.

1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits France

Strasbourg, 10 April 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 France from 26 to 30 March 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). [suite…]

  1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits Malta
 

Strasbourg, 5 March 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 Malta from 28 February to 2 March 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). [More...]
 

  1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits Latvia

Strasbourg, 21 February 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 Latvia from 14 to 17 February 2012. The visit was carried out 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). [More...]
 

  1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits Portugal
 

Strasbourg, 20 February 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 Portugal from 13 to 17 February 2012. The visit was carried out 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). [More...]
 

  1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits Montenegro
 
 
Strasbourg, 21 November 2011- 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 Montenegro from 14 to 18 November 2011. The visit was carried out 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). [More...]

  1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits the United Kingdom
 
 
Strasbourg, 4 November 2011 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a visit to the United Kingdom from 24 to 28 October 2011. This was the 12th country visit carried out by GRETA 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). [More...]

  1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits Armenia
 
 
Strasbourg, 25 October 2011 - 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 Armenia from 17-20 October 2011, in order to prepare its first monitoring report on the fight against human trafficking in this country. [More...]

18 October: European Anti-Trafficking Day
 
 A human being cannot be merchandise
 and Europe must be the guarantor of this rule of civilised society
 

 In Madrid today to attend the international seminar "Combating trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation", organised by the IOM and the Spanish government to mark the European Day against Trafficking in Human Beings, Mr Nicolas Le Coz, President of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), declared: "A human being cannot be merchandise and Europe must be the guarantor of this rule of civilised society."
 
 The President of GRETA recalled that the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, which is evaluated by GRETA, contributes effectively to ensuring that, on the one hand, every woman, man or child victim of human trafficking is identified, protected from reprisals and compensated for the serious damages suffered and, on the other hand, that the traffickers are punished.
 
 Mr Nicolas Le Coz recalled that the European Court of Human Rights, in its judgment Rantsev v. Cyprus and Russia, had emphasised the obligation of member States of the Council of Europe to investigate acts of trafficking in human beings, including through effective co-operation with other States on criminal matters.
 
 Participating in the seminar along with Ms Laura Seara Sobrado, Spanish Secretary of State for Equality, and Ms Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, the President of GRETA welcomed the strengthening of co-ordination of anti-trafficking action by international organisations, thus permitting greater complementarity and synergy while avoiding duplication of efforts in the actions undertaken.
 
 "The time when victims of human trafficking were ignored or, even worse, wrongfully considered as criminals, while their traffickers were able to come and go, profiting from their ill-gotten gains with impunity, is at an end," stressed the President of GRETA. He concluded in saying that the efforts undertaken by States must by no means be relaxed and that the Council of Europe's Anti-Trafficking Convention must be signed and/or ratified without delay by the Council of Europe member States which have not already done so. This will not only serve to eliminate zones of impunity on the continent, but will also avoid undermining the important efforts made by the 34 member States which are Parties to the Convention.

The Committee of the Parties elects a new member of GRETA
 
 
The 6th meeting of the Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings was held in Strasbourg on Monday, 26 September 2011.
 
 The Committee of the Parties elected Ms Leonor Ladron de Guevara y Guerrero (Spanish) as a new member of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), to fill the seat left vacant after the resignation of a GRETA member in May 2011. The term of office of Ms Ladron de Guevara y Guerrero will last for the remainder of her predecessor’s term, i.e. until 31 December 2012.
 
 The Committee of the Parties also elected Ambassador Alain Cools (Belgium) as its new Vice-Chair.
 
 At the same meeting, the Committee of the Parties examined GRETA’s first three reports concerning the evaluation of the implementation of the Anti-Trafficking Convention by Austria, Cyprus and the Slovak Republic and adopted recommendations addressed to these Parties.
 
 List of decisions
 
 Next Committee of the Parties meeting:
 7th meeting: 30 January 2012
 
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GRETA launches evaluation of second group of 10 Parties to the Convention
 
 
In February 2011, GRETA launched the evaluation of the second group of 10 Parties to the Convention: Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Latvia, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
 
 The contact person appointed by each country concerned to liaise with GRETA has been sent the Questionnaire for the first round of the evaluation of the implementation of the Convention by the Parties. The contact persons are responsible for distributing the questionnaire to the different national bodies concerned, co-ordinating their replies and submitting to GRETA a consolidated reply by 1 September 2011 at the latest. Following that date, GRETA will carry out visits to each country concerned with a view to supplementing the information provided in the replies to the questionnaire before drawing up its evaluation reports.

1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits Romania
 

Strasbourg, 1 June 2011 - A delegation of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a country visit to Romania from 24-27 May 2011, in order to prepare its first monitoring report on the fight against human trafficking in this country. [More...]
 
 1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits Moldova
 

Strasbourg, 16 May 2011- A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a visit to Moldova from 10 to 13 May 2011 in order to prepare its first monitoring report on the fight against human trafficking in this country. [More...]
 
1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits Georgia

 
 Strasbourg, 18 April 2011- A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a visit to Georgia from 11 to 14 April 2011 in order to prepare its first monitoring report on the fight against human trafficking in this country. [More...]

The Committee of the Parties elects two new members of GRETA

The 5th meeting of the Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings was held in Strasbourg on Monday, 6 December 2010.
 
 
At this meeting the Committee of the Parties elected two members for the remaining seats on the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA): Mr Helmut SAX (Austrian) and Mr Jan VAN DIJK (Dutch).  Their term of office will begin on 1 January 2011 for a duration of four years.  GRETA has now reached its maximum number of members (15).
 
 
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Committee of the Parties: 4th meeting and Thematic debate on Partnerships among international organisations active in the field of trafficking in human beings: need for co-ordinated action

The 4th meeting of the Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings was held in Strasbourg on Monday, 13 September 2010.

The major part of this meeting was devoted to a thematic debate on Partnerships among international organisations active in the field of trafficking in human beings: need for co-ordinated action. The aim of the debate was to determine the actions to be taken to strengthen partnerships and improve co-ordination between the different international organisations active in the field of preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims. The European Commission and the following international governmental and non-governmental organisations which all have observer status with the Committee of the Parties were invited to participate in this debate: UNODC, ILO, UNICEF, OHCHR, UNHCR, IOM, OSCE, Interpol, Europol, Amnesty International, Anti-Slavery International, La Strada International and the International Federation Terre des Hommes - IFTDH.

Pan-European Campaign on Compensation for trafficked persons

The Council of Europe has granted its institutional support to the COMP.ACT Project (“European Action for  Compensation for Trafficked Persons”) and the Pan-European Campaign on Compensation for Trafficked Persons, undertaken by Anti-Slavery International and La Strada International,  together with partners in 14 countries (see www.compactproject.org). This initiative is based on Article 15 of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, which is the first and only international binding provision recognising the right of the victims of trafficking in human beings to be compensated for the damaged suffered, as well as the obligation for States to guarantee this compensation in their internal law. 

The COMP.ACT Project and Campaign will be launched in Prague on 2 July 2010, with the participation of the Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. A video message from the Secretary General of the Council of Europe will be broadcasted at this launching event.

Information Meeting on the first evaluation round

An Information Meeting for the “contact persons” on the first evaluation round of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by the parties took place in Strasbourg on 31 March 2010.

The aim of this meeting was to provide the “contact persons” appointed by the parties to the Convention, with information concerning the Convention and its monitoring mechanism, as well as with guidelines for completing the Questionnaire for the evaluation of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by the parties – first evaluation round.

In addition, the Secretariat of the Convention gave a presentation of the Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS), which should, as far as possible, be used when replying to the questionnaire.

European Union Ministerial Conference "Towards EU Global Action against Trafficking in Human beings", Brussels, 19-20 October 2009
 
 
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe called on the EU to become party to the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings: Link to speech.
 Link to video
 
 Contribution of the Secretariat of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings to the European Union Ministerial Conference. Link to document.
 
 

General Assembly Thematic Debate on Human Trafficking, United Nations Headquarters, New York, 3 June 2008
The Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Ms Maud de Boer-Buquicchio participated in the United Nations' General Assembly Thematic Debate on Human Trafficking and moderate a panel session on Protecting victims of trafficking and cross-border cooperation in prosecuting traffickers in persons.  Programme

Adoption of the Rules on the election procedure of the members of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 
On 11 June, 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).  This is an important first step in the setting up of an effective and independent mechanism to monitor the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.  (more....)
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)

Background Document on the Council of Europe's action to combat trafficking in human beings


1st February 2008:  Entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings [CETS no. 197]

On 1 February 2008, the ground-breaking Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, the first European treaty in this field, entered into force. This is a significant achievement and a major step forward in the fight against this modern form of slavery.
Countries now have a comprehensive treaty setting out measures not only to prevent trafficking in human beings and to prosecute the traffickers but also to give real protection to victims of trafficking and safeguard their human rights.
Council of Europe leaders and Ján Kubiš, Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers made statements to welcome the entry into force.  Amnesty International, Anti-Slavery International and La Strada International made a joint statement.
The Convention is not restricted to CoE member states; non-member states and the European Community also have the possibility of becoming Party to the Convention.
Background Document on the Council of Europe's action to combat trafficking in human beings