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1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits Portugal

Strasbourg, 20 February 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 Portugal from 13 to 17 February 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 Ms Teresa MORAIS, Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Equality and Mr. Manuel ALBANO, National Rapporteur for human trafficking. Meetings were also held with officials from the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, the Observatory of Trafficking in Human Beings, the Immigration and Borders Service, the Judiciary Police, the National Guard, the Public Security Police, the Centre for Judiciary Studies, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Education, the Attorney General’s Office, the Institute of Social Security, the Labour Conditions Authority, the High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue and the National Commission for the Protection of Children and Young People at Risk. The GRETA delegation also met members of the Portuguese Parliament’s Commission for Constitutional affairs, Rights, Freedoms and Guarantees.

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 Heads of the offices of the International Organisation for Migration and the International Labour Organisation in Portugal.

In the course of the visit, the GRETA delegation visited a shelter for victims of trafficking in human beings.

The visit was carried out by Mr. Nicolas Le Coz, President of GRETA and Ms Vessela Banova, member 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 Ms Clémence Bouquemont of the Anti-Trafficking Secretariat.

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