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GRETA’s first evaluation visit to “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

27 May 2013 - 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 “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” from 20 to 23 May 2013. 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.

During the visit, the GRETA delegation met Ms Violeta Andonovska, State Secretary at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Chair of the National Commission for fight against trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants, Mr Kiro Todorovski, Chief of Staff of the Cabinet of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and National Rapporteur on trafficking in human beings, Mr Sande Kitanov, Head of the Unit against trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, other officials from relevant ministries and agencies, and representatives of the Prosecutor’s Office and the judiciary.

The GRETA delegation also met members of non-governmental organisations active in combating trafficking in human beings, other civil society representatives and representatives of intergovernmental organisations.

In the course of the evaluation visit, the GRETA delegation visited the State shelter for victims of trafficking, the Holding centre for foreigners (including foreign victims of trafficking), and a day shelter for street children in Skopje.

The visit was carried out by Ms Leonor Ladrón de Guevarra y Guerrero and Mr Ryszard Piotrowicz, members of GRETA, who were accompanied Ms Petya Nestorova, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

On the basis of the information gathered during the visit and the reply from the authorities to GRETA’s questionnaire, GRETA will prepare a draft report containing an analysis of the implementation of the Convention by “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and suggestions for further action. This draft report will be transmitted to the 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 possible final comments by the authorities.