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GRETA’s first evaluation visit to Sweden

4 June 2013 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out an evaluation visit to Sweden on 27-31 May 2013. The visit was organised 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.

During the visit, the GRETA delegation held consultations with Mr Patrick Cederlof, National Co-ordinator against Prostitution and Trafficking, Ms Kajsa Wahlberg, National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings at the National Police Board, and Mr Hans Lundborg, Ambassador-at-large at the Department for Multilateral Development Co-operation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The GRETA delegation also met officials from the Ministries of Justice, Health and Social Affairs, Education and Research, and Employment, as well as representatives of the Migration Board, the Prosecution Authority, the National Courts Administration, the Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority and the Swedish International Development Agency. Further, the delegation held consultations with the Chief Parliamentary Ombudsman and members of the Swedish Parliament.

In addition to meetings in Stockholm, the GRETA delegation visited Malmo and Gothenburg where it met representatives of specialised police units against trafficking in human beings, local public prosecution offices, the Migration Board and the social services.

GRETA also met members of non-governmental organisations active in combating trafficking in human beings, other civil society representatives and officials from intergovernmental organisations present in Sweden.

In the course of the evaluation visit, the GRETA delegation visited shelters for women victims of domestic violence which also accommodate victims of trafficking in Stockholm, Malmo and Gothenburg, as well as a shelter for young people, including victims of trafficking, in Gothenburg.

The visit was carried out by Mr Helmut Sax, Second Vice-President of GRETA and Ms Siobhan Mullaly, member of GRETA, who were accompanied by Ms Carolina Lasén Diaz and Mr David Dolidze of the Council of Europe Anti-Trafficking Secretariat.

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