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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).

During the visit, the GRETA delegation had discussions with Zoran ULAMA, National Co-ordinator for Fight against Trafficking in Human Beings, and members of his office. Meetings were also held with Osman SUBASIC, Deputy Minister for the Interior, Blanka RADOSEVIC, Deputy Minister for Human and Minority Rights, Mensudin GRBOVIC, Deputy Minister for Health, Remzija ADEMOVIC, Deputy Minister for Labour and Social Welfare, Vesna VUCUROVIC, Deputy Minister for Education and Sport, as well as with other senior officials from relevant ministries and the Police Directorate. Further, the GRETA delegation met Radule KOJOVIC, President of the Supreme Courtís Criminal Department, Mira SAMARDZIC, Deputy to the Special Prosecutor for Organised Crime, Corruption and War Crimes, other members of the judiciary and the prosecution, and representatives of the Bar Association of Montenegro. It also held meetings with Sucko BAKOVIC, Ombudsman of Montenegro, and members of the Parliament of Montenegro.

In addition, the GRETA delegation met representatives of non-governmental organisations active in combating trafficking in human beings and protecting human rights. Discussions were also held with the International Organisation for Migration, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the US Embassy in Podrogica, all of which act as observers in the working group for monitoring the implementation of the national strategy for combating human trafficking.

In the course of the visit, the GRETA delegation visited the shelter for victims of trafficking in Podgorica.

The visit was carried out by Davor DERENCINOVIC, Second Vice-President of GRETA and Louise CALLEJA, member of GRETA, who were supported by Petya NESTOROVA, Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

On the basis of the information gathered during the visit and the reply from the Montenegrin authorities to GRETAís questionnaire, GRETA will prepare a draft report containing an analysis of the implementation of the Convention by Montenegro and suggestions for further action. This draft report will be transmitted to the Montenegrin authorities for comments, which will be taken into account by GRETA when establishing its final report. GRETAís final report will be made public, together with eventual comments by the Montenegrin authorities.