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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.
The procedure aims at guaranteeing the election of 10 to 15 experts in the fields covered by the Convention who will be independent and impartial in their evaluation of the implementation of the Convention by the states parties. Moreover, the election procedure aims at guaranteeing multidisciplinary expertise and a gender and geographical balance in GRETA, as well as representation of the main legal systems.
The governments of the states parties to the Convention (Albania, Armenia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Georgia, Latvia, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia) have the right to nominate candidates for GRETA membership. The governments may submit to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe the names and the curricula vitae, using the model set out in the appendix to the Resolution, of at least two candidates.
Each state party shall ensure that the national selection procedure leading to the nomination of candidates for GRETA is in accordance with published national guidelines or otherwise transparent and designed to lead to the nomination of the most qualified candidates.
Only candidates whose names and curricula vitae have been received by the Secretary General from a government of a state party by 1 October 2008 shall be allowed to stand for election for the first composition of GRETA.
The Committee of the Parties shall elect the members of GRETA by 1 February 2009 at the latest.
Rules on the election procedure of the members of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA)..