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1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits Poland

Strasbourg, 3 May 2012- 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 Poland from 23 to 27 April 2012. 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 held consultations with officials from the Ministries of the Interior, Justice, Foreign Affairs, Labour and Social Policy, National Education, and Health, as well as with representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office and the National Labour Inspectorate. The GRETA delegation also met the Head of the Commission of Justice and Human Rights of the Polish Parliament (Sejm).

In addition, the GRETA delegation met representatives of non-governmental organisations active in combating trafficking in human beings, the Human Trafficking Studies Centre of Warsaw University, and lawyers. Discussions were also held with representatives of the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Poland.

In the course of the visit, the GRETA delegation visited the National Consultation and Intervention Centre for Victims of Trafficking and a shelter for victims of trafficking in human beings run by the NGO La Strada, both of which are funded by the Polish authorities. The GRETA delegation also visited a crisis intervention centre in Piastów (Pruszków County), run by the local authorities, and a shelter for trafficking victims run by the Association PoMOC.

The visit was carried out by Ms Hanne Sophie Greve and Mr Jan Van Dijk, 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.

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