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Council of Europe anti-trafficking monitoring body visits Romania

Strasbourg, 1 June 2011 - A delegation of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a country visit to Romania from 24-27 May 2011, in order to prepare its first monitoring report on the fight against human trafficking in this country.

This was the 10th 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 in Bucharest with senior officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, including the National Agency against Trafficking in Persons and the General Inspectorate of Romanian Police, the Prosecutorís Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Protection, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as with representatives of other public bodies. It also met with members of non-governmental organisations active in combating trafficking in human beings and human rights protection. Further, the GRETA delegation visited counselling and accommodation centres for victims of trafficking. In addition to holding meetings in Bucharest, the delegation travelled to Galati to meet with representatives of local authorities active in combating trafficking in human beings.

The visit was carried out by Ms Vessela Banova and Mr Robert Stratoberdha, members of GRETA, who were accompanied by Ms Claudia Lam of the Anti-Trafficking Secretariat.

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