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GRETA carries out its second evaluation visit to Iceland

Strasbourg 20/04/2018
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GRETA carries out its second evaluation visit to Iceland

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 Iceland from 17 to 20 April 2018. The visit provided an opportunity to assess progress in the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings since the first evaluation by GRETA in 2013.

During the visit, the GRETA delegation held meetings with officials from the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Welfare, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the State Prosecutor's Office, the Police, the Centre for Police Training, the Directorate of Labour, the Directorate of Immigration, the Government Agency for Child Protection, the Primary Health Care Centre, and Reykjavík City social and child protection services. Further, the GRETA delegation met a member of the Icelandic Parliament (Alþingi).

Separate meetings were held with representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and trade unions.

In the course of the visit, the GRETA delegation visited the Women's Shelter in Reykjavík, which can accommodate female victims of human trafficking, Bjarkarhlið service centre for adult victims of violence, including victims of trafficking, and Barnahus (Children’s house).

The visit was carried out by Mr Jan van Dijk, First Vice-President of GRETA, and Mr Mihai Şerban, member of GRETA, who were accompanied by Ms Petya Nestorova, Executive Secretary of the Convention.

Following the visit, GRETA will prepare a draft report which will be sent to the Icelandic authorities for comments. GRETA will subsequently adopt a final report which will be made public.