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GRETA’s first evaluation visit to Monaco

Strasbourg 04/02/2019
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GRETA’s first evaluation visit to Monaco

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 Monaco from 28 to 31 January 2019. The visit provided an opportunity to assess the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings which entered into force in respect of Monaco on 1 March 2016.

The GRETA delegation met with representatives of the Police Department, the Department of Justice, the Department of Legal Affairs, the Department of Employment, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and the Department of Education, Youth and Sport. Further, meetings were held with prosecutors and members of the judiciary. Discussions were also held with Members of Parliament, the High Commissioner for the Protection of Rights, Liberties and Mediation, as well as the Chief Officer for Women’s Rights.

The GRETA delegation held separate meetings with representatives of non-government organisations, trade unions and lawyers.

In the course of the visit, the GRETA delegation visited an emergency shelter for children placed by court order, and emergency housing flats which can be used to accommodate victims of human trafficking.

The visit was carried out by Mr Frédéric Kurz, First Vice-President ad interim of GRETA, and Ms Nathalie Martin, member of GRETA, who were accompanied by Ms Evgenia Giakoumopoulou of the Secretariat of the Convention.

Following the visit, GRETA will prepare a draft report which will be sent to the authorities of Monaco for comments. GRETA will subsequently adopt a final report, to be published in the autumn of 2019.