Strengthening anti - trafficking action in North Macedonia
30 nov. 2023
The network of lawyers and non-governmental organisations for protection of the rights of victims of human trafficking set-up in North MacedoniaSkopje 29 November 2023
For the first time a network for legal counselling to provide quality legal aid to trafficking...
24 nov. 2023
The National Commission on the fight against trafficking in North Macedonia and its Sub-group on child protection enhance their strategic planningSkopje, North Macedonia 22 November 2023
The National Commission on the fight against trafficking in human beings in North Macedonia and...
5 oct. 2023
Public call for the media, chambers of commerce, trade unions and employers’ associations for organising a public awareness campaign on the consequences of using services of 'Trafficking in Human Beings' victims in North MacedoniaNorth Macedonia 5 October 2023
Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe "Horizontal Facility for the Western...
24 nov. 2023
Belgian best practices for a sustainable management of shelters for victims of human trafficking shared with the anti-trafficking actors in North MacedoniaBelgium 20 - 22 November 2023
Providing shelter and psycho-social services to victims of human trafficking is a key to their...
1 nov. 2023Skopje, North Macedonia 31 October 2023
New technologies are providing opportunities to traffickers to recruit and exploit victims, but...
The action “Strengthening anti-trafficking in North Macedonia” is implemented within the joint programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye” running from January 2023 until December 2026. The action is contributing to:
sustainable capacity-building of key stakeholders (legal professionals, labour inspectors, healthcare professionals, media, police, social workers);
an adequate criminal-law response to trafficking in human beings; and
sustainable services and access to compensation for trafficking victims.
What is the goal(s) and objective(s) of the action?
The action will aim to:
strengthen legislation, policy, and practice for effectively combating human trafficking, protecting the rights of victims, and responding to new challenges and trends.
strengthen criminal justice response to trafficking in human beings through capacity building and research.
enhance mechanisms and procedures for victims of human trafficking to access legal remedies and compensation.
Who benefits from the action?
anti-trafficking institutions (Anti-trafficking Task Force, National Referral Mechanism)
targeted professional groups (labour inspectors, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, police, healthcare professionals, social workers)
civil society organisations with the mission to prevent and combat human trafficking
victims of trafficking in human beings and the general society in North Macedonia
How does the action work?
The action builds on results of the previous Horizontal Facility actions, implemented in phases I and II of the programme. It facilitates transfer of knowledge among peers, from international and local experts to anti-trafficking professionals by delivering basic and specialised trainings and facilitating a dialogue between stakeholders from various institutions and civils society organisations.
The action provides expertise for drafting anti-trafficking policies and legislation and supports in-depth research on child trafficking and proactive investigation and prosecution of trafficking in human beings.
What do we expect to achieve?
The action will achieve
a more sustainable approach in preventing and combating human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation and child trafficking,
enhanced exercise and respect of the rights of trafficking victims, including the rights to legal aid, privacy and compensation,
improved trial and sentence of traffickers of human beings by the justice institutions and legal professionals
aware and informed communities and society at large in North Macedonia about trafficking victims’ risks and consequences from using trafficking victims’ services.
What is the budget of the action?
The total budget of the action is 950 000 Euros.
The budget allocated to the overall Horizontal Facility programme amounts to ca. 41 Million EUR (85% funded by the European Union, 15% by the Council of Europe).
How to get more information?
Soravia Center, Filip Vtori Makedonski br. 3, Skopje, 1000
About Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye
The “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye” is a joint initiative of the European Union and the Council of Europe that enables the Western Balkans Beneficiaries and Türkiye to meet their reform agendas in the fields of human rights, rule of law and democracy and to comply with the European standards, which is also a priority for the EU enlargement process.