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GRETA carries out a two-day visit to Latvia as part of the third evaluation round

Latvia 11-12 October 2021
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GRETA carries out a two-day visit to Latvia as part of the third evaluation round

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 Latvia on 11-12 October 2021 as part of the third evaluation round of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

In order to prepare its third report on Latvia, GRETA had previously held online meetings with stakeholders in Latvia, in December 2020, but decided to organise a physical visit in order to collect additional, updated information.

During the visit, GRETA held meetings with the State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, Mr Dimitrijs Trofimovs, the National Anti-Trafficking Co-ordinator, Ms Agnese Zile-Veisberga, as well as officials from the State Police, the State Border Guard, the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, the Legal Aid Service, the State Labour Inspectorate, the Specialised Prosecutor’s Office for Organised Crime, and judges from Riga Regional Court.

Separate meetings were held with representatives of civil society.

The visit was carried out by Ms Antoaneta Vassileva, First Vice-President of GRETA, and Petya Nestorova, Executive Secretary of the Convention.