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Council of Europe anti-trafficking monitoring body 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.

This was the ninth country visit 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. 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 with Mr Alexei ROIBU, Minister of the Interior, Mr Iurie LEANCĂ, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Mr Oleg EFRIM, Minister of Justice, Mr Mihai MOLDOVAN, Deputy Prime Minister and President of National Council for Child Protection and with other senior officials from relevant ministries and public bodies. Further, discussions were held with representatives of non-governmental organisations active in combating trafficking in human beings and protecting human rights and representatives of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Moldova. In addition, the GRETA delegation visited the Centre for Protection of Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings in Chisinau, the Centre for Temporary Detention of Foreigners of the Bureau for Migration and Asylum, and the Centre for the Protection and Assistance of Vulnerable Women in Causeni district.

The visit was carried out by Ms Diana TUDORACHE and Ms Nell RASMUSSEN, members of GRETA, who were accompanied by Mr David DOLIDZE of the Anti-Trafficking Secretariat.

On the basis of the information gathered during the visit and the Moldovan authoritiesí reply to the questionnaire, GRETA will prepare a draft report containing its analysis of the implementation of the Convention by Moldova, as well as suggestions for possible improvements and further action. This draft report shall be transmitted to the Moldovan Government for comments before GRETA prepares its final report, which will be made public along with eventual comments by the Government.