The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), at its 48th meeting on 30 June 2023, adopted the questionnaire for the fourth round of evaluation of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.
GRETA decided that the fourth evaluation round of the Convention will focus on vulnerabilities to human trafficking and measures taken by States Parties to prevent them, detect and support vulnerable victims, and punish the offenders. This includes a focus on the use of information and communication technology, which brings structural changes to the way offenders operate and exacerbates existing vulnerabilities.
In addition to the thematic focus on vulnerabilities to human trafficking, GRETA decided that each State Party will receive country-specific follow-up questions related to recommendations not implemented or partially implemented after the third evaluation round.
The chronology of evaluations under the fourth round will follow, as closely as possible, that of the preceding evaluation rounds. GRETA launched the fourth round of evaluation of the Convention by sending the new questionnaire to Austria, Cyprus and the Slovak Republic
GRETA is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by the Parties, following a procedure divided in rounds. The first round of monitoring of the Convention provided an overview of its implementation by States Parties. The second evaluation round examined the impact of legislative, policy and practical measures on the prevention of trafficking in human beings, the protection of the rights of victims of trafficking, and the prosecution of traffickers, paying particular attention to measures taken to address new trends in human trafficking, in particular trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation, and the vulnerability of children to trafficking. The third evaluation round focused on trafficking victims’ access to justice and effective remedies.