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GRETA’s first evaluation visit to Italy

10 December 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 Italy from 2 to 6 December 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 held consultations with officials from the Department for Equal Opportunities, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Carabinieri, the National Anti-Mafia Directorate, the Financial Police and the National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT).

Further, the delegation travelled to Bari, L’Aquila, Lecce, Martinsicuro, Naples, Padua and Venice where it met representatives of various law enforcement agencies, the Labour Inspectorate and regional and municipal officials involved in action against human trafficking and the protection of children.

In addition, meetings were held with members of civil society organisations, religious organisations, trade unions, lawyers, academics and representatives of the International Organisation for Migration and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

In the course of the visit, the GRETA delegation visited shelters for victims of trafficking in Adelphi, Martinsicuro and Padua, as well as a drop-in centre for victims of trafficking and violence in Lecce and the Ponte Galeria Identification and Expulsion Centre (CIE) in Rome.

The visit was carried out by Ms Alexandra Malangone and Ms Rita Theodorou Superman, members of GRETA, who were accompanied by Ms Petya Nestorova, Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, and Mr Markus Lehner of the Secretariat of the Convention.

On the basis of the information gathered during the visit and the reply from the Italian authorities to GRETA’s questionnaire, GRETA will prepare a draft report containing an analysis of the implementation of the Convention by Italy and suggestions for further action. This draft report will be transmitted to the Italian 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 eventual comments by the Italian authorities.