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GRETA publishes report on the Slovak Republic

Strasbourg, 19.09.2011 - Today the Council of Europeís Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published its first evaluation report on the Slovak Republic.

In its report, GRETA notes the efforts of the Slovak authorities to combat trafficking in human beings. In particular, GRETA welcomes the creation of Expert Group for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, a multidisciplinary entity composed of relevant public bodies and non-governmental organisations and the adoption and implementation of multiannual National Action Plans. However, GRETA considers that the Slovak authorities should strengthen the institutional framework for action against trafficking in order to achieve a more active and effective involvement of all governmental bodies with responsibilities relevant to prevention of trafficking in human beings and protecting the rights of victims.

As regards prevention, the Slovak authorities have taken measures to raise public awareness and train relevant professionals on trafficking in human beings, in co-operation with non-governmental and international organisations. That said, GRETA stresses the need for developing the aspect of prevention of trafficking in human beings by targeting information and awareness-raising measures to specific groups vulnerable to trafficking, stepping up the research, and reinforcing economic and social measures to the benefit of potential victims of trafficking.

Moreover, GRETA considers that the identification of victims of trafficking, including child victims, should be improved, in particular by setting up of a coherent national mechanism for this purpose and adopting a proactive approach to the identification of victims.

Prior to drawing up its evaluation report, GRETA held consultations with the relevant authorities and non-governmental organisations active in the field of combating trafficking in human beings in the Slovak Republic. A confidential first draft of the report was sent to the Slovak authorities and their comments were taken into account in the final report adopted by GRETA. This report is published together with the final comments of the Slovak authorities, as provided for by the Convention.

On the basis of GRETAís report, the Committee of the Parties to the Convention will consider adopting recommendations addressed to the Government of the Slovak Republic.