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Brussels, 31 May 2011

 

 

 

 

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GENVAL 46

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NOTE

from:

Presidency

to:

Delegations

No. prev. doc.:

7121/11 GENVAL 16 JAIEX 19 CRIMORG 17 JAI 143

Subject:

Action-Oriented Paper on strengthening the EU external dimension on action against trafficking in human beings – first implementation report/update of information on Member States' external action

 

 

First report on the implementation of the Action Oriented Paper

This note, together with the update in Annex, will constitute the first report on the implementation of the Action-Oriented Paper (AOP) on strengthening the EU external dimension on action against trafficking in human beings; Towards Global EU Action against Trafficking in Human Beings"[1], to be taken note of by the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council on 9 June 2011.

 

In Annex, an update of information on Member States' external action against trafficking in human beings (THB), together with an overview of the Commission's and EU agencies' recent external activities and actions.


 

Summary of recent achievements and current actions

The Stockholm Programme[2], adopted in December 2009, underlines the necessity of strengthening and enhancing the prevention and combating of THB, calling for a coordinated and coherent policy which goes beyond the area of freedom, security and justice. Cooperation and coordination with third countries is of crucial importance, and the importance of using the AOP to its fullest extent is stressed.

 

A main achievement in EU cooperation against THB is the newly adopted Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims[3], to be implemented by Member States by 6 April 2013.

 

Another very important step forward to help ensuring the coordination of the fight against THB is the fact that the Commission in March this year appointed an Anti-Trafficking Coordinator (ATC). This Commission Coordinator will provide the overall strategic policy orientation in the field of trafficking in human beings, also in relation to third countries.

 

In addition, the Commission launched in December 2010 a website: "Fight against Trafficking in Human Beings"[4], which includes information on EU legislation and policy, EU Member States and EU activities in third countries, as well as information from international organisations and stakeholders.

 

Furthermore, the Presidency Conclusions from the Conference "Towards a multidisciplinary approach to prevention of trafficking in human beings, prosecution of traffickers and protection of victims"[5], held in Brussels on 18 - 19 October 2010 on the occasion of the fourth Anti-Trafficking Day, deserves mentioning.


 

Finally, to be adopted at the June JHA Council, draft Council Conclusions on "Targeting newly emerging forms of trafficking in human beings in EU Member States", focus on non-sexual forms of exploitation.

 

Member States external actions - update

As it will appear from the Annex, THB is addressed in an increasing number of agreements between the EU and third countries, regions or organisations at international level. The agreements cover a wide range of areas, such as prevention including awareness raising, assistance, support and protection of victims and training.

 

The Annex also shows different levels of agreements (bilateral, multilateral, regional).

 

The Commission developed an overview of external actions and activities to fight trafficking in human beings, funded by the Commission, and it includes projects from 2002 to present funded by DG Home Affairs, DG Enlargement and DG Development Cooperation.

 

European agencies (Europol, Eurojust, Frontex, the Agency for Fundamental Rights and CEPOL (the European Police College) are all involved as well.

 

Recommendations and follow-up

 


 

 

 

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ANNEX

TABLE OF CONTENTS

(External actions and activities initiated after November 2009)

 

Austria. 7

Belgium.. 14

Bulgaria. 19

Cyprus. 27

Czech Republic. 30

Denmark. 40

Estonia. 41

Finland. 43

France  45

Germany. 57

Hungary. 62

Ireland  64

Italy    66

Latvia  70

Lithuania. 72

Luxembourg. 73

Netherlands. 75

Poland  82

Portugal 87

Romania. 94

Slovakia. 95

Slovenia. 97

Spain    100

Sweden. 102

United Kingdom.. 111


 

Eurojust 118

EUROPOL. 123

Frontex. 130

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) 135

European Commission. 136

 

 


ANNEX

External actions and activities initiated after November 2009

 

Austria

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner

organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

Austria

Liaising with embassies and consulars of countries of origin in Austria

The Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs and the Federal Ministry of the Interior are in regular contact with embassies and consulates of countries of origin in Austria in order to raise awareness and to cooperate in specific cases of human trafficking. In addition, representatives of foreign delegations in Austria were invited to participate in the annual EU-Anti-Trafficking day 2010. The Protocol Department of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs informed diplomatic staff in Austria about measures aiming to protect the rights of private household employees in Austria. Furthermore, the ministry introduced a number of very stringent measures aimed at protecting the rights of domestic workers.

Embassies and consulars of countries of origin in Austria

on regular basis

financed through the general budgets of the ministries

UNODC, OSCE, IOM

Awarensess raising campaign

Organization of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day 2010 as public event at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. The conference was supported by international organizations such as UNODC, OSCE and IOM. In addition, the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs and the Federal Ministry of the Interior participated in a press conference regarding the IOM campaign “Buy Responsibly”. The Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs created an exhibition for schools and universities “Human Trafficking – Slavery in the 21 century” aimed at informing young people about this crime.

UNODC, OSCE, IOM

15 October 2010

XX

IOM

Awareness raising campaign

“Whats behind the things we buy”

Federal Ministry of the Interior

14-19 October 2010

1.300 EUR

Austria

Training

The Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs organized a workshop on “Child trafficking and commercial exploitation of children” for consular and embassy staff.

Austrian embassies abroad

 

financed through the general budgets of the ministries

Austria

Training

The Federal Ministry for Defence and Sports Affairs organized a training course on “Combating Trafficking in Human Beings” as preparation for international missions.

 

13-17 September 2010

financed through the general budgets of the ministries

Austria

Awareness raising

Members of the Austrian Taskforce on Combating Human Trafficking participated in several international and EU conferences and meetings on issues related to trafficking in human beings.

Members of the Taskforce against Trafficking in Human Beings

 

financed through the general budgets of the ministries

EU

Policymaking

Participation in the Swedish EU Presidency project “Towards global EU-Action against Trafficking in Human Beings”

Sweden and IOM

1 November 2008 – 30 April 2010

 

South East Europe

Training

Trainings conducted by experts of the Austrian Criminal Intelligence Service at “ILECUs – International Law Enforcement Cooperation Units” in several countries in South East Europe

South East Europe

2010

 

South East Europe

Awareness raising

Police conference of the Federal Criminal Intelligence Service about “Child Trafficking, Trafficking in Human Beings, Labour Exploitation” in cooperation with the US Department for Homeland Security and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

USA

18 – 22 Janaury 2010

USA

Romania

Operational police cooperation

Close cooperation with Romania in the framework of an international investigation project on labour exploitation of disabled adult Romanian citizens.

Romania

2010

financed through the general budgets of the ministries

NGO Lefö IBF

Readmission

The NGO Lefö IBF implemented the pilot project “Voluntary return of victims of trafficking – FROM I”, funded under the EU readmission fund of the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior.

 

1 November 2009 – 31 July 2010

53.368,01 EUR

NGO Lefö IBF

Readmission

The NGO Lefö IBF is implementing the project “Voluntary return of victims of trafficking – FROM II”, funded under the EU readmission fund of the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior.

 

1 August 2010 – 30 June 2011

59.400,93 EUR

Serbia

Institution building

The Austrian Development Aid funded a project implemented by the OSCE and the NGO “Judges Association of Serbia” on “Advancing institutional response to challenges of trafficking in human beings in the republic of Serbia”.

OSCE, NGO “Judges Association of Serbia”

1 Janaury 2008 – 31 December 2010

380.700 EUR

Kosovo

Victim protection

The Austrian Development Aid funded a project implemented by the NGO “Association for Protection of Rights of Women and Child – Liria – Gjilan” on “Combating Domestic Violence, Advocating Integrity – Center for Protection of Women and Children in Gjilan/Gnjilane”.

NGO “Association for Protection of Rights of Women and Child – Liria – Gjilan”, Kosovo

1 December 2010 – 30 November 2013

230.000 EUR

Albania

Victim protection

The Austrian Development Aid funded a project implemented by the NGO “Terre des homes, Mission in Albania” on “Developing a Child Protection Safety Net in Albania”.

NGO “Terre des homes, Mission in Albania”

1 October 2009 – 30 April 2012

620.000 EUR

Albania

Victim support

The Austrian Development Aid funded a project implemented by UNDP on “Adressing social inclusion through vocational education and training”.

UNDP

1 October 2010 – 30 September 2012

425.228 EUR

Albania

Prevention

The Austrian Development Aid funded a “Gender Equality Programm Albania” implemented by the NGOs “Horizont 3000” and “Gender Alliance for Development Center”.

NGOs “Horizont 3000” and “Gender Alliance for Development Center”

15 December 2006 – 31 Devember 2010

785.000 EUR (co-financing of Welthaus Diözese Graz-Seckau)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prevention

The Austrian Development Aid funded a project implemented by the Bosnian Directorate for Development and Cooperation on “Youth Employment in Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1 October 2008 – 30 September 2011

1.031.074 EUR

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prevention

The Austrian Development Aid funded a “Training on Social and Care Management” implemented by the Austrian Caritas.

Austrian Caritas

1 December 2010 – 31 December 2014

1.018.602 EUR

Kenia

Prevention

The Austrian Development Aid funded a project implemented by the NGO “ARMUT” on “Empowerment of Women and Reproductive Health”.

NGO “ARMUT”

1 Janaury 2010 – 31 December 2011

45.000 EUR (co-financed by the NGO ARMUT)

Tansania, Nicaragua

Prevention

The Austrian Development Aid co-funded a project on “Poverty reduction through measures to create income for women by circular flow economy” in Tansania and a project on “Contributing to the Basket Fund for projects to support women”.

several NGOs

1 July 2009 – 30 June 2010

605.000 EUR


 

Nigeria

Institution building

The Austrian Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs co-financed the EU-funded project “Enhancing multi-stakeholder cooperation to fight human trafficking in countries of origin and destination”

IOM, UNODC

2010

20.000 EUR

Serbia

Victim protection

The Austrian Development Aid funded the project “Advancing institutional response to challenges of trafficking in human beings in the Republic of Serbia”

Serbia

1 Janaury 2008 – 31 December 2010

380.700 EUR

Palestine

Victim protection

The Austrian Development Aid funded the project “MIFTAH – Combating violence against Palestinian women by strengthening NGOs”.

NGOs

1 July 2009 – 31 January 2011

124.288 EUR

Macedonia

Institution building

The Austrian Development Aid funded the project “Social Inculsion and Human Rights in Macedonia: The Human Rights Based Approach from Theory to Practice – A new Human Rights dimension to Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduciton”.

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights

16 November 2009 – 15 November 2012

550.000 EUR

Sierra Leone

Training

The Austrian Development Aid funded the project “ECOWAS regional strategy to combat organized crime – building institutional capacity in Sierra Lione”.

UNODC

1 June 2010 – 30 June 2011

100.000 EUR


 

West Africa

Training

The Austrian Development Aid funded the project “ECOWAS regional strategy to combat terrorism, organized crime, drug trafficking and trafficking in human beings in West Africa”.

UNODC

1 July 2009 – 30 June 2010

100.000 EUR

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Training

The Austrian Development Aid funded the project “Registry of the State court of Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

Registry of the State court of Bosnia and Herzegovina

1 January 2008 – 21 December 2009

1.500.000 EUR

Southern Africa

Training

The Austrian Development Aid funded the project “Strenghtening law enforcement in trafficking in human beings in the SADC region”

Southern African Development Community (SADC)

1 May 2008 – 30 April 2010

124.000 EUR

 


 

Belgium

 

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner

organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

Belgium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sensitization campaign

The Minister of Foreign Affairs launched, in June 2010, the third edition of the “Stop child prostitution” campaign.

 

This campaign consists of distributing posters and flyers in Belgium and abroad (through the Belgian embassies). The goal is to inform the public that sexual exploitation of children exists, that it is forbidden in Belgium but also abroad and that offenders of such acts, even if they occur in a foreign country, can be prosecuted by the Belgian authorities. The campaign also encourages reporting each case of child prostitution abroad. People can report this to their guides and travel agencies, their employers, the Belgian embassies or the Belgian police. These campaigns are the result of a very unique collaboration between the federal authorities (Foreign Affairs among others), NGOs and the private sector. Next to its participation to these campaigns, each partner sets up in its own organization specific actions on combating this phenomenon

Foreign Affairs

NGO’s

Private sector

Started end of June 2010

 

 

-

China, India, Ecuador, Philippines, Brazil

Prevention (economic exploitation)

At the end of 2009, Belgium also provided certain of their consulates (China, India, Philippines, Ecuador & Brazil), with a prevention flyer aimed at persons who are preparing to go work in Belgium in sectors potentially susceptible to abusive economic exploitation (ex: catering industry, construction, domestic personnel,…). This “pilot project” resulted from findings by one of their representations that in most cases the candidates only knew the basic elements of their contract whereas they signed the contract and were expected to possess a copy which is understandable for them.

 

This flyer (conceived as questions and answers and translated in their native language) is inserted in the passport which contains the visa. The goal of the flyer is to inform and make the candidates aware of their social rights and of the organizations to which they can turn to in case of problems once they arrive in Belgium. Certain people might decide to postpone or simply cancel their stay in Belgium if they do not receive sufficient assurance from their employer. Even if it is not easy to evaluate the real impact of this kind of initiative, it remains nonetheless a very useful source of information for those people. They will be better “armed” before their departure and during their stay on Belgian soil.

Foreign Affairs

Consular posts

Embassies

 

 

Interdepartmental Coordination Unit of trafficking in Human beings[6]

Started end of 2009 - …

-

Brazil: States of, Goias (region of Goiania) and Minas Gerais (region of Uberlandia).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Information and prevention campaigns in Belgium and Brazil (economic exploitation and trafficking of Brazilians).

-Workshops.

-Cooperation mechanisms.

-Information campaign in Belgium (information sessions, posters,leaflets,website,hotline,brochures).

-Mixed project in Belgium (Brussels) and Brazil (Goiania)

(workshops on the developing of cooperation mechanisms between Belgium and Brazil).

-Participation in information and sensitisation campaigns,organized by the Brazilian authorities (beginning 2011).

IOM and Brazilian and Belgian relevant partners.

Sept.-Dec. 2009

March-May 2010

April-? 2011

Prevention budget of the Belgian Immigration Office (55.000+40.000)

Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Albania, FYROM and Morocco

Police cooperation agreements

Belgium discussed and signed police cooperation agreements with Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Albania, FYROM and Morocco. In every agreement, there is a focus on human trafficking.

Belgian Federal Police

 

-


 

South American States

Police liaison officers

Next to these police cooperation agreements, Belgium has a number of police liaison officers in countries where police cooperation in operational cases is needed. This police focus can change. The police liaison officer in South-America will be moved from Columbia to Brazil since Brazil is more important as country of origin of victims of human trafficking and Brazil is becoming a HUB for the intercontinental air traffic to and from South-American countries.

Belgian Federal Police

 

-

Belgium, Thailand m Turkey, Czech Republic

Working meetings

During the Belgian EU Presidency, the Belgian police liaison officers organized working meetings on human trafficking with representatives of different services in their host country. Those meetings took place in Thailand (Bangkok), Turkey (Ankara) and the Czech Republic (Prague). Police and migration liaison officers of the other EU countries assisted to these meetings.

Belgian Federal Police

 

-


 

Nigeria, Senegal

Compilation of a manual

The Belgian Federal Police participated actively in the compilation of a manual for specialized investigative police officers human smuggling and working meetings in African countries (Nigeria, Senegal). These countries are source countries of human trafficking victims. At the very beginning of the human trafficking process, it is not obvious for them to assess the possible exploitative situation when citizens are crossing – openly or hidden – borders on their way to transit or destination countries.

Belgian Federal Police

 

-

 


Bulgaria

 

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

1. The Southeast European Cooperation Initiative (SECI) Centre/SELEC: Albania, BiH, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYROM, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey

 

Within the framework of (SECI) Centre /SELEC, a task forceMiragewith representatives from MoI and the Customs Agency and the PPO has been set up. A number of bilateral and multilateral operations concerning countering THB and illegal migration have been successfully finalised.

Strategic analysis, concerning the regional situation on the basis of exchanged statistical data for THB and illegal migration is conducted every year.

 

To render regional support to strengthen the Southeast European Cooperation Initiative (SECI) Centre/SELEC for combating trans border crime.

To support regular international criminal information exchange and encourage sharing of criminal intelligence when conducting international investigations

To enhance international cooperation in the field of fight against crime.

 

Europol, Interpol, Liaison Officers, Sirene, Customs Agency. Judicial Contact Points

 

From October 2009 – current

 

SECI Centre Budget with FBI co-financing.

 

 


 

2. Bilateral agreement between MoI Bulgaria and MoI Azerbaijan

concerning fighting organized crime, especially THB and illegal migration

 

Bilateral agreement

Ongoing

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI Azerbaijan

 

From January 2011, current

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI Azerbaijan

 

 

3. Bilateral agreement between MoI Bulgaria and MoI Georgia

concerning fight against organized crime, especially THB and illegal migration

 

Bilateral agreement

Intelligence exchange and study visits

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI Georgia

 

From12.11.2009, ongoing

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI Georgia

 

4. Bilateral agreement between MoI Bulgaria and MoI Moldova

concerning fight against organized crime, especially THB and illegal migration

 

Bilateral agreement

Intelligence exchange, conducting international police operations through SECI Centre, mirror investigations and study visits

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI Moldova

 

From 20.05.2010 (updated) current

 

MoI Bulgaria, MoI Moldova and SECI Centre co-financing

 

 


 

5. Multilateral agreement between Albania, BiH, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYROM, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, BESA established by SEPCA with FBI and Swiss government assistance

Multilateral agreement

Intelligence exchange, conducting study visits and special trainings in the field of THB

 

MoI of Albania, BiH, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYROM, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, BESA established by SEPCA with FBI and Swiss government assistance

 

From 2009, 2010 updated, current

 

MoI of Albania, BiH, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYROM, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, BESA established by SEPCA with FBI and Swiss government assistance

6. Bilateral agreement between MoI Bulgaria and MoI Ukraine

concerning fight against organized crime, especially THB and illegal migration

 

Bilateral agreement

Intelligence exchange, conducting international police operations through SECI Centre, mirror investigation, study visits and preparation and implementation of activities on visa liberalisation

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI Ukraine and MFAs of both countries

 

 

From 1999, updated on 22.10.2010, current

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI Ukraine and MFA of both countries and SECI Centre co-financing

 

 


 

7. Bilateral agreement between MoI Bulgaria and MoI Croatia

concerning fight against organized crime, especially THB and illegal migration

 

Bilateral agreement

Intelligence exchange, conducting international police operations through SECI Centre, mirror investigation, study visits and special in the field of THB

 

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI Croatia

 

From 1999, updated on 20.01.2010, current

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI Croatia and SECI Center and EC co-financing

 

8. Bilateral agreement between MoI Bulgaria and MoI FYROM

concerning fight against organized crime, especially THB and illegal migration

 

Bilateral agreement

Intelligence exchange, conducting international police operations through SECI Centre, mirror investigation, study visits and special trainings in the field of THB

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI FYROM

 

From 1999, updated on 20.05.2010, current

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI FYROM and SECI Center and EC co-financing

 

9. Bilateral agreement between MoI Bulgaria and MoI Serbia

concerning fight against organized crime, especially THB and illegal migration

Bilateral agreement

Intelligence exchange, conducting international police operations through SECI Centre, mirror investigation, study visits and special trainings in the field of THB

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI Serbia

 

From 1999, updated on 20.05.2010, current

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI Serbia and SECI Centre and EC co-financing

 


 

10. Bilateral agreement between MoI Bulgaria and MoI Montenegro

concerning fighting against organized crime, especially THB and illegal migration

 

Bilateral agreement

Intelligence exchange, conducting international police operations through SECI Centre, mirror investigation, study visits and special trainings in the field of THB

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI Montenegro

From 1999, updated on 20.05.2010, current

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI Montenegro and SECI Centre and EC co-financing

 

11. Bilateral agreement between MoI Bulgaria and MoI BiH

concerning fight against organized crime, especially THB and illegal migration

 

Bilateral agreement

Intelligence exchange, conducting international police operations through SECI Centre, mirror investigation, study visits and special trainings in the field of THB

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI BiH

 

 

From 1999, updated on 20.05.2010, current

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI BiH and SECI Centre and EC co-financing

 

12. Bilateral agreement between MoI Bulgaria and MoI Albania

concerning fight against organized crime, especially THB and illegal migration

Bilateral agreement

Intelligence exchange, conducting international police operations through SECI Centre, mirror investigation, study visits and special trainings in the field of THB

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI Albania

 

From 1999, updated on 20.05.2010, current

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI Albania and SECI Centre and EC co-financing

 


 

13.[7] Norway - Bulgaria

Enhancing the Bulgarian-Norwegian Response to Trafficking in Human Beings Project under the Norwegian Cooperation Programme for Economic Growth and Sustainable Development in Bulgaria

The project has five components:

Buying videoconference equipment;

Five workshops in five different regions of Bulgaria on investigation of cases of THB for MoI officials, prosecutors and investigative magistrates;

Three workshops on identification of victims of trafficking for MoI officials, the Agency for Social Support, NGOs and the local anti-trafficking commissions;

Elaboration of a Manual with indicators on victims of trafficking.

Exchange of expert visits.

 

MoI Bulgaria and MoI Norway

 

From 13.11.2009 till 30.04.2011

 

Total Sum:

341 972.40 EUR Grant amount to

290 676.60 EUR

(85 %)

 

Co-financing MoI budget:

51 295. 80

(15 %)


 

14. South-eastern Europe

Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania, Romania, Moldova

The introduction of the requirements for establishing Joint Investigation Teams (JIT) to fight trafficking in human beings in the South-eastern Europe

 

The project is based on the creation of conditions for setting up joint investigation teams for a more effective fight against trafficking in human beings. It focuses on the development of strategic activities that will primarily provide for a logistic platform needed for further operational activities. The project aim is to develop and facilitate coordination, cooperation and strengthening of mutual trust among authorities tackling THB as well as to develop and promote best practices with a view to protecting THB victims.

Project activities to be implemented are: project team meetings, core team meetings, kick-off conference, 5 thematic workshops and 2 ministerial conferences at Brdo, Slovenia (2011, 2012).

Chief PPO of Croatia

 

MoI of Bulgaria

PPO – Bulgaria

 

project target countries are: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania, Romania, Moldova.

01/01/2011

01/01/2013

462 090 EURO requested from the European Commission


 

15. Moldova, FYROM and Azerbaijan

Fight against Human Trafficking on Heroin Route Project

An expert from the CDCOC participates in a team together with 2 experts from UK and Romania tasked with the implementation of the project

Study visits to conduct country assessment with the aim to identify:

the actual state of play in the field of THB

any shortcoming in the legislation

data about victims of THB

information exchange between law-enforcement bodies with EU and other international partners

ways to enhance regional cooperation

ICMPD

IOM – Kishinev

OSCE

EUBAM

UNODC

La Strada etc

29/11/2010

29/07/2011

The project is funded under ESF, LOT 6, RSF 5

The Indicative Budget for the action that could be considered for financing in 2011 is estimated to be between € 1 and 1.5 million

 

 


Cyprus

 

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

EU level

Analytical Work File Phoenix

Support competent authorities of MS in preventing and combating THB

Europol, EU Member States

26/06/2007 – on going

 

Balkan & South Eastern European Countries

ILAEIRA Plan

Initiative of Greece concerning the exchange of best practices

21 EU and third countries, and 5 international organizations

June 2006 – on going

 

 

 

 

 

Cyprus, Romania

Mirror Investigation

Operation meeting to dismantle a THB network under the coordination of Europol

Cyprus, Romania, Europol

03-04/12/2009

 

EU level

Frontex – Trafficking in Human Beings Training Start-up

Development of a training guide regarding victim identification process

13 EU Member States, CEPOL, Europol, IOM, Interpol, UNICEF, OSCE

22/02/2011 – on going

 

ICMPD / South-Eastern Europe

Enhancing Transnational Cooperation on Trafficking Cases in South-Eastern Europe (TRM-II)

Assistance and support to victims, reintegration and return

ICMPD

16/03/2011 – on going

 

Republic of Cyprus, International Organization for Migration

Establishment of an IOM (International Organization for Migration) Office in Cyprus

- Facilitate the voluntary return and reintegration of migrants

- Measures to combat trafficking in persons

- Education of public officials

- Health programs for immigrants

- Education of immigrants

IOM (International Organization for Migration

 

 

 


 

Country/ region or organization at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

Description of actions and activities

Partner Organization

Duration

(start/ end date)

Funding in EUR

Serbia

Agreement on Cooperation in Fighting Terrorism, Organized Crime, Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors, Illegal Migration and Other Criminal Offences

-        Exchange of information

-        Assistance in implementation of the operational investigative activities, tracing of persons suspected to have committed crimes

-        Exchange of experience

-        Organization of joint training

 

Competent Authorities:

 

Minister of Justices and Public Order and persons authorized by him (Cyprus)

 

Minister of Interior and persons authorized by him (Serbia)

Start date: 26.5.10

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Czech Republic

 

 

Country/ region or organisation at international level

Form or structure

of actions and

activities

Description of actions and

activities

Partner

organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

Funding in EUR

EUROPOL / COSI

Vietnam

 

 

project

 

 

 

Project COSPOL[8] VOIC/Vietnamese Organised Immigration Crime/

 

The project is aimed at organized crime connected with the (illegal) immigration of citizens of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Project is governed by United Kingdom. The meeting is held 4 times a year.

 

Organised Crime Unit of Criminal Police and

Investigation Service of the Police of the Czech Republic

EUROPOL / COSI /COSPOL

 

2009 – 2011

 

The project will be finished in April 2011.

the Police of the Czech Republic participates since September 2009

 

Expenses related to participation in the project COSPOL VOICE are covered (80%) by the European Commission. The total project (for the period 2009-2011) amounts to 140.248 EUR, Czech Police co-financing (20% of costs), is 28.050 EUR.

Ukraine - Office of the fight against trafficking in human beings

 

project

 

- bilateral

cooperation

project: „ZERO“

the project is focused on support in the fight against trafficking in human beings for the purpose of forced labour / labour exploitation. Cooperation at operational level

Organised Crime Unit of Criminal Police and

Investigation Service of the Police of the Czech Republic.

 

 

2007 - 2010

The project was finished in 2nd half of 2010 due to lack of funds.

The project was funded by International organization for migration IOM Czech Republic, Ukraine and Sweden.

EUROPOL

Order Opening Analysis Work File 07-038 PHOENIX

AWF Phoenix (trafficking in human beings, prostitution)

 

Continuous sending of contributions to the AWF, 1 meeting per year, other meetings according to the operative situation

At national level the Police of the Czech Republic:


- Europol National Unit of Bureau of Criminal Police and Investigation Service of the Police of the Czech Republic
-
Unit for Combating Organised Crime of Criminal Police and

Investigation Service of the Police of the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is a member since July 2009

specific activities are covered and supported by EUROPOL

Ukraine

International seminar

International expert seminar - workshop of experts on the issue of human trafficking, focusing on forced labor/labour exploitation

The seminar was attended by 36 Czech and 8 foreign participants (mainly police officers). Training courses secured experts (police officers, judges and other experts on THB) from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine and the representative of the FBI Legal Attache in the Czech and Slovak Republics. The main aim of the international expert meeting was to improve and accelerate the transfer of information on specific cases of human trafficking between the Czech Republic and the source countries - Slovakia and Ukraine.

-Ministry of the interior of the Czech Republic

- Unit for Combating Organised Crime of Criminal Police and

Investigation Service of the Police of the Czech Republic

29.9.-1.10. 2010

The total amount is not available:

-free board and lodging for participants - provided in Facility of the Ministry of the Interior (amount not available)

+ technical equipment and other necessary expenses

2085,48 EUR

(1 EUR=25 CZK).

International

Centre for Migration Policy Development

 

Participating countries:

Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania a Macedonia

Operational program

„Prevention of and fight against Crime“

Project:

Supranational Referral Mechanism for Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings in Source and Target Countries

The Ministry of the Interior is a responsible party to the project “Supranational Referral Mechanism for Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings in Source and Target Countries” coordinated by the ICMPD The aim of the project was to bring together existing national coordinating mechanisms for the protection of and assistance to victims of trafficking in human beings, unification of standards for services provided to victims, and in particular, strengthening of international and bilateral cooperation in the area of repatriation and reintegration of victims.

 

The output of this project were following documents „Guidelines for the Development of a Transnational Referral Mechanism for Trafficked Persons in Europe: TRM-EU“ and “Study on Post-Trafficking Experiences in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and Portugal“.

 

Italy was a guarantor of the project and cooperating countries were, in addition to the Czech Republic, Portugal, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Hungary and Macedonia. Range of non-profit making organisations was also involved.

At the end of the project (February 2010) international conference was organised.

Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic

2008-February 2010

Funded by the Prevention of and Fight Against Crime Programme, European Commission –

Directorate-General Justice, Freedom and Security.

IOM, Mongolia

Project

Project called "Continuing Information Campaign to prevent illegal migration of Mongolian citizens”.

Preventive measure targeting Mongolian citizens in the Czech Republic and Mongolia who want to work in the Czech Republic (distributing informational brochures, processing the Mongolian version of the web site for foreigners www.domavcr.cz, documentary film on the theme of labor migration of Mongolian citizens in the Czech Republic was created. Etc.)

 

-Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic

-IOM

Since 2009

-

Different third countries

Campaign

Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, together with NGO, continued a campaign focused on a target group of prostitution clients and indirectly also on victims of THB for the purpose of sexual exploitation in 2009 and 2010. The slogan of the campaign was: ‘Don't Be afraid to Say It on Her Behalf’. The campaign used web pages in the Czech, English and German languages

(www.rekni-to.cz; www.sage-es.cz; www.say-it.cz). In 2009 representatives of the Archdioceses Charity Prague placed visuals with a slogan ‘Don't Be afraid to Say It on Her Behalf’ on means of transport in Prague.

-Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic

-Archdioceses Charity Prague

 

 

Since 2008

Not available.

 

Different third countries

Training

The issue of trafficking in human beings was included in the training sessions for consular officials before their departure to a consulate or embassy. Training was provided predominantly to officials representing sent to work in source countries.

 

-Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic

-Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Since 2008

Difficult to express in numbers (education provided by experts who give lectures in the framework of their work occupation)

Different third countries

Training

In 2010, cooperation with the University of Defense in Brno continued. Workshops on the issue of trafficking in human beings for higher officer facilities and trainings for senior officers of CIMIC (Civil Military Cooperation) were organized in Lipnik . It is a service that regularly sends its personnel to participate in peacekeeping missions. The military personnel is trained to work, closely with local authorities.

- University of Defence in Brno

- Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic

Since 2008

Difficult to express in numbers (education provided by experts who give lectures in the framework of their work occupation)

FRONTEX

Exchange of information

Exchange of information on THB within FRONTEX (Situation on external EU borders). Meetings approximately twice a year.

-Alien Police of the Czech Republlic

Since 2008

-

Different third countries

Information exchange

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is involved in the Inter-ministerial Coordination Group for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings especially in order to ensure the smooth exchange of information with embassies and consulates of the Czech Republic abroad. The embassies and consulates cooperate with local bodies (in different third countries) to get the information about Czech citizens (victims or perpetrators) abroad (at least once a year due to the need to have an overview of the situation in the area of THB which is described in Status Reports on Trafficking in Human beings in the Czech Republic).

Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic

-Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Since 2008

Difficult to express in numbers (information exchange provided by experts who cooperate in the framework of their work occupation)

IOM, different third countries

Exchange of information,

Voluntary returns

Cooperation in the framework of the Programme to Support and Protect Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings.

The Programme offers assistance to victims of trafficking in human beings and motivates them to cooperate with law enforcement bodies so that they can contribute to the prosecution of offenders of this serious crime. At the same time it fully takes into account a human rights approach towards victims of THB. The Programme is implemented through the national referral mechanism which involves police, state administration bodies, NGOs and IOM Prague.

In the framework of the Programme Voluntary assisted returns of victims of THB are organised. This service among others means voluntary, organised, safe and dignified return to the country of origin for foreign nationals trafficked in the Czech Republic and for Czech citizens trafficked abroad. Voluntary returns are implemented by IOM Prague, coordinated by Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic .

-IOM

-Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic

 

Since 2003 in the framework of the Programme

Not available -depends on flight destinations of victims. The travel expenses are vcovered by the Ministry of Interior


Austria´s neighbour countries and Croatia

Meeting/future cooperation

In September High-level Ministerial Round Table Discussion “Towards Strengthening the External Dimension and Partnerships in Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Women, The Future of the EU Anti-Trafficking Policy in the Lisbon Treaty Era” took place.

 

The meeting in Vienna was meant as an expression of political will of States to combat trafficking in persons, especially women. The round table attende representatives from neighboring countries, including Austria and Croatia. Vienna declaration that was presented at the end of the meeting should symbolized the new beginning of cooperation among the invited countries. This cooperation - regional initiative is based on the principles adopted in the Treaty of Lisbon and Stockholm Programme and has the most efficient implementation of existing instruments to combat the phenomenon of trafficking especially in women. Czech Republic expressed its support for activities aiming to combat this crime, but in the context of this regional initiative was concerned with the duplication of existing activities and the limited number of countries invited to participate in the regional initiative.

Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic

September 2010

-

OSCE

project

Project on “Guidebook on Victims Identification of Presumed Victims of Human Trafficking for Community Policing Practitioners”. Czech Republic participated in the development of the document.

Other participants: OSCE countries

Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic

2010

OSCE (ODIHR)


Denmark

 

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

Europol

 

 

Interpol

 

 

 

PTN (Police and Custom cooperation between the Nordic countries).

Thailand

 

 

 

Agreement

 

 

Agreement

 

 

 

Agreement

 

 

 

Agreement

 

 

 

Member of AWF Phoenix.

Contribution to AWF and IS.

 

The 24/7 platform of Interpol is used to communicate on both intelligence and criminal proceedings level.

 

The members are high level police officers from the Nordic countries who discuss possible common investigations.

A close cooperation with exchange of intelligence based on the frequent travel/stay of both Thai and Danish citizens between the two countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The National Police from the Nordic countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2007

 

-

 


Estonia

 

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

Estonia-Latvia-Finland

Afganistan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joint investigation team (JIT)

JIT was set up concerning a criminal group which organised illegal transportation of aliens across state borders of Estonia, Latvia and Finland. The aliens of Afghan nationality were transported from Republic of Latvia to Republic of Finland through Republic of Estonia. Based on the information gathered by Estonian authorities the illegal transportation of Afghan nationals was committed by a criminal group which have been acting systematically.

The purpose of the JIT was to dismantle abovementioned organised criminal group and to bring involved persons to justice.

Office of the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Estonia;

Helsinki Police Department;

Office of the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Latvia

09.12.2009/ – 08.12.2010

No information

The Council of the Baltic Sea States - Task Force Against Trafficking in Human Beings (CBSS TF-THB).

Regional inter-governmental organisation. Forum for CBSS member states; running of specific projects.

Awareness raising projects (e.g “Safe Trip” information campaign);

training (e.g of diplomats and consular personnel);

research (e.g study on data collection mechanism );

Cooperation with CBSS member states and other entities (e.g project for fostering NGO and law enforcement cooperation).

Cooperation with research institutions, regional/international actors in the field of fighting THB (e.g UNODC, IOM).

Formerly Nordic-Baltic Task Force (2002-2006), since 2006 integrated into CBSS, current mandate until 2014.

No general budget or project fund. Member states fund common activities and/or for seeking and coordinating financing. Total budget for TF-THB for 2010 was ~ 280 000 EUR.

Nordic Council of Ministers

 

Project “Nordic-Baltic Conferences on Health: Consequences of Sexual Trafficking and Obstacles to Health Care Access”

Assistance and support to victims,

reintegration and return. Expert

meeting and international

conference took place during the

project. All Nordic and Baltic

countries were involved, either on

expert level or both ministerial

and expert level.

Nordic School of Public Health, Resource Centre for women “Marta” (Latvia)

2009-2010

No information

Estonia - Ukraine

Extradition of persons to foreign states

 

 

One person who is suspected of aiding prostitution (Penal Code § 268¹) and being a member of criminal organization (Penal Code § 255) was extradited to Ukraine.

Prosecutor Offices

2010

No information

 


Finland

 

Country/

region or

organisation at

international level

Form or structure

of actions and

activities

Description of actions and

activities

Partner

organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

Funding in EUR

1) Yemen

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Bosnia-Herzegovina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Helsinki

 

 

 

Agreement

 

 

 

 

 

 

The OSCE field operation has signed the relevant implementation partnership agreement(s) with the host country and other stakeholders

 

 

Agreement

 

Supporting Yemen’s capacity in its work to deal with mixed migratory flows and to assist victims of human trafficking.

 

 

Strengthening local level response to address human

trafficking in North East Bosnia and Herzegovina (FI and FR co-financing)

 

 

 

 

 

The project “Developing Assisted Voluntary Return in Finland (DAVRiF)” was launched on 1 January 2010. The overall goal of the project is to establish a permanent framework for Assisted Voluntary Return in Finland that may continue to provide migrants in Finland with voluntary return assistance also after the end of the project.

 

Even though it is a project aiming at collection of best practices and continuous development, IOM will nevertheless in all project phases:

 

Develop and consolidate assisted voluntary return practices and policies in Finland;

Support cooperation and coordination between Finnish authorities and others working with voluntary return;

Increase the level of knowledge about assisted voluntary return amongst potential returnees, project partners, and the public at large;

Assist applicants

with voluntary return arrangements and provide reintegration assistance to eligible returnees.

 

Since March 2011, also victims of trafficking have become eligible for assisted voluntary return under the project. IOM coordinates and develops such returns in close cooperation with Joutseno Reception Centre in Finland.

IOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

OSCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IOM Helsinki is the coordinator of the project and as such responsible for the implementation of all activities. However, this is done in close partnership with the Finnish Immigration Service and other partners like for example Joutseno Reception Centre in Finland.

 

 

November 2009 -

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010-2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The project is expected to have the following phases:

 

1st phase: 1 January 2010 – 28 February 2011 (ongoing)

2nd phase: 1 March 2010 – 31 December 2011

3rd phase: 1 January 2012 – 31 December 2012

 

250 000 eur

 

 

 

 

 

 

32 000 eur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several phases; European Return Fund and the Finnish Immigration Service.

 

 

 

France

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure

of actions and

activities

Description of actions and

activities

Partner

organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

NETHERLANDS

 

 

 

 

AUSTRIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRANCE

 

 

 

 

 

FRANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRANCE

 

 

 

 

FRANCE

 

 

 

 

 

FRANCE

 

 

 

FRANCE

 

 

FRANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRANCE

 

 

 

 

FRANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRANCE

 

 

 

FRANCE

 

 

 

UNODC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belarus and

IOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

Chile

 

 

 

Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cambodia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malaysia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belgium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uzbekistan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Romania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slovakia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brazil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA

 

 

 

 

Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morocco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cambodia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cambodia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indonesia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indonesia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philippines

 

LABOREX 10

 

 

 

 

OSCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bilateral cooperation

 

 

 

 

 

Bilateral cooperation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bilateral cooperation

 

 

 

 

French NGO –

PARIS

 

 

 

 

French NGO –

LYON

 

 

 

IOM – UNHCR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embassy of the United States of America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand

 

 

 

 

Switzerland

 

 

 

 

Multilateral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multilateral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bilateral

 

 

 

 

 

Multilateral

 

Case studies – Working groups: law-enforcement authorities, judicial authorities, Labour Inspectorate.

 

Conference on trafficking for the purpose of domestic servitude (case study).

 

 

 

 

 

Visit by a Belarusian delegation to the Directorate-General of the National Gendarmerie (Criminal Investigation Division) and the OCLTI [central office combating illegal employment] – Presentation of the national system for combating trafficking (national organisation, presentation of two cases, including one relating to trafficking for the purposes of labour exploitation).

 

 

Visit by a Swiss delegation to the OCLTI (presentation of the central office and the French system).

Visit by a Chinese delegation to the OCLTI – presentation of the French system and trafficking for the purposes of labour exploitation.

 

 

 

Conference on THB – victim identification – national policies to combat THB.

 

Conference on THB – victim identification – national policies to combat THB.

 

 

 

 

 

Conference with law‑enforcement authorities, judicial authorities and NGOs on THB (victim identification, legal framework) and meeting with the US Ambassador with responsibility for THB.

 

 

Visit to Greece by a French delegation including military police officers, exchange of experiences and discussion on possible cooperation.

 

Participation in the regional seminar in Bangkok on THB in Southeast Asia organised by the French Embassy and IRASEC (Institute of Research on Contemporary Southeast Asia).

 

 

Working meeting with the coordinator of the Canton of Geneva and the Swiss Coordination Unit against the Trafficking of Persons and Smuggling of Migrants on "the implementation of centralised coordination tools".

 

Communication on "Training in victim identification" on the occasion of the final conference of the EU's AGIS 4 programme.

 

Talks on "French experiences in the training of members of the legal profession" during the parallel event organised by the UNODC in the margins of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on 18 May.

 

Talk on "Measures implemented by the criminal justice system to combat THB and the trafficking of illegal immigrants: links to organised crime", organised by the UNODC during a second parallel event in the margins of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on 19 May.

 

Study visit by a delegation of experts from Belarus and a representative of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to the DGGN (Directorate-General of the National Gendarmerie)/Criminal Investigation Division.

Seminar on modern investigative techniques and methods for tracing criminals, organised in cooperation with Germany, for 26 persons from the unit responsible for combating drugs and THB and the Commission for combating economic and financial crime. Three SCTIP (Technical International Police Cooperation Department) experts.

 

Participation in a seminar on THB and violence against women with a view to highlighting French experience in this area – one SCTIP expert.

 

Regional training mission involving 40 trainee police officers and judges on the subject of combating sex tourism, underage prostitution and child pornography. One DCPJ (Central Directorate of the Criminal Police)/OCRVP (Central office for combating violence against persons) expert

Participating countries: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, China, Vietnam.

 

Visit by two officials from the criminal investigation and prosecution department of the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) to study our system of specialised DCPJ departments to combat violence against persons and THB, and the protection of minors. OCRVP-OCRTEH (Central Office for the Prevention of THB) –MINEURS PP – DPJJ (Directorate for the Judicial Protection of Young Persons) – STRJD (Technical Department for Criminal Investigations and Documentation).

 

Visit by three Belgian officers with a view to cooperation between the departments of the Calais Border Police and the Belgian services responsible for combating THB in order to better target future joint actions.

 

Participation of the delegation in a seminar on the subject of combating THB (discussions illustrated by practical cases and the introduction of solutions to remedy the situations in question), with 70 participating police officers, judges, consular services and ONGs. One SCTIP expert.

 

Training of 30 persons from victim protection organisations on the subject of combating THB and methods and procedures for compensating victims. One Criminal Police expert from the DGGN.

 

Training in the areas of combating THB, organ trafficking, prostitution and illegal employment for 20 police officers, one OCRTEH expert + one DGGN/OCLTI expert.

 

Visit to the SCTIP and the departments with responsibility for organised crime (drug trafficking, THB, money laundering and corruption) by two officials from the Office of International Cooperation of the Slovak Police Force.

 

Visit by Mr Babandede, Director of operations of the Nigerian government agency responsible for THB (NAPTIP), within the framework of the MFA's "Leaders of the future" project. Ministry of the Interior – Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Parliament – Ministry of Justice – INHES (National institute for advanced studies in security and justice).

 

Presentation of the situation in France and in Europe on the subject of THB and the system to combat THB for 120 persons, police officers, judges, senators, MPs and NGOS. One SCTIP expert.

 

Regional training in combating THB, aspect relating to victim assistance and work with the associations and NGOs for 70 judges and members of the security forces of the Southern Cone. Chile-Argentina-Uruguay-Paraguay. Two experts from the Ministry of Justice.

 

Training on combating sex tourism and paedophilia for 50 employees of the Federal Police Force stationed in Member States of the Union with responsibility for this area (DIREX/DDH of the Federal Police Force). This request, submitted by the Federal Police, aims to ensure an improved exchange of views and the return to greater internal security. Two DCPJ-BPM (Brigade for the protection of minors) experts.

 

Visit by two officials from the Ministry of Justice of the Province of Quebec (Canada) in connection with the 62nd CPCFQ (Permanent Commission for Cooperation between France and Quebec) (judicial version) on the subject of "minor victims of sexual offences" – meeting with BPM/DRPJ/PP.

 

Training of 20 heads of department and operational officials of the Cuban police force on the subject of combating THB, the prevention of sex tourism and the protection of adult and minor victims. One DCPJ/OCRTEH expert.

 

Participation of the SSI in a conference on THB and underage prostitution, in particular via the Internet.

 

Participation of a French expert in the third international congress on the sexual exploitation of children and THB with a view to presenting the French system for protecting minors and operating a brigade responsible for the protection of minors. One DCSP (Central Public Security Directorate) expert.

 

Training for 21 PJ and Minor Brigade investigators on investigative techniques in connection with combating sex tourism and paedophilia. Two PP/BPM and OCRVP experts.

 

Training in the area of combating THB and the protection of minors, in particular with regard to the specific features of judicial investigations into sexual offences against minors, for 20 police officers from the Directorate for combating THB and the protection of minors. One DCPJ expert.

 

Training of 20 female staff in the department responsible for combating THB and protecting minors in the Phnom Penh and provincial office and three female staff from the Ministry of Women's Affairs in taking care of minor victims of sexual abuse, follow-up to action of 10/01. One female officer from the DCSP's Minor Brigade.

 

Exchange mission with the Ministry of Public Safety and the Liaoning regional office in Shenyang on the subject of the situation of female victims of illegal immigration networks destined for prostitution in Europe, and in particular in France. Two OCRTEH and PP/BRP experts.

 

Regional seminar on THB and sex tourism in the islands, attended by around 100 police officers, solicitors, officials in international organisations, NGOs and various other parties concerned by those issues. One English-speaking expert from the OCRVP – two SCTI experts.

 

Participation of SSI Bangkok in the organisation of the regional seminar on THB in continental southeast Asia, attended by a DGGN expert and addressed by the Jakarta ASI in connection with the presentation of the French system. One SSI Bangkok expert + one DGGN expert and contribution by ASI Jakarta.

 

Training in combating sex tourism for 28 heads of department and members of the tourist police and minors' protection department. Three local experts requested, including ASI.

 

NL Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment/

GSC

Office of the OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (THB)

FR/BY

 

 

 

 

 

 

FR/CH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FR/CN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secours Catholique

Agir Ensemble pour

les Droits de

l'Homme

IOM France/

UNHCR – ALC –

AMNESTY

 

1-2.2.2010

 

 

 

 

17-18.6.2010

23.11.2010

 

 

 

 

28.9.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.6.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21.10.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

24.9.2010

 

 

 

 

7.10.2010

 

 

 

10.11.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25-27.5.2010

 

 

 

29 -31.3.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-6.5.2010

 

 

 

 

 

26-27.11.2009

 

 

 

18.5.2010 and 19.5.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22.10.2010

 

 

 

 

 

27-29.9.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26-30.10.2010

 

 

 

 

16.11.2009

20.11.2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

27.10.2009

1.11.2009

16.11.2009

20.11.2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27.10.2009

1.11.2009

 

 

 

 

 

14.11.2009 19.11.2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.11.2009

4.12.2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16.11.2009

18.11.2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.11.2009

11.11.2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.11.2009

14.11.2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.11.2009

13.11.2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.12.2009

3.12.2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28.3.2010

3.4.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29.3.2010

29.3.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

27.10.2010 30.10.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19.6.2010

26.6.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.12.2010

7.12.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19.6.2010

27.6.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.11.2010

30.11.2010

 

 

 

21.5.2010

26.5.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18.9.2010

25.9.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

21.6.2010

25.6.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18.10.2010

22.10.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.11.2010

13.10.2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19.4.2010

22.4.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.3.2010

2.4.2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22.11.2010

23.11.2010

 

 

 


Germany

 

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assistance towards equipment and training

Training of police officers abroad:

at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as part of assistance towards equipment and training, the Bangladeshi police received support in the form of training in order to help combat trafficking in human beings. The seminar in question was held in the Dhaka police training centre from 5 to 7 December 2010. The 18 participants belonged exclusively to the upper management of the police force. The objective - to raise awareness among our Bangladeshi colleagues on trafficking in human beings as a crime - was achieved.

 

05.12-07.12.2010

 


 

Germany

Cooperation in Germany with principal countries of origin of trafficking victims and perpetrators

BKA cooperates intensively in Germany on concrete operational cases with the principal countries of origin of trafficking victims and perpetrators. Currently, in particular Romania, Bulgaria and Nigeria feature among these countries. Cooperation consists of close contacts with, e.g., the Romanian liaison officer in Germany, missions to the said countries and information exchange via Interpol and Europol.

 

 

 

 

Not quantifiable because ongoing

Germany

Discussion of trafficking intelligence in Nigeria

From 22 to 25 November 2010 BKA and LKA Berlin staff travelled to Nigeria in order to discuss with Nigeria's National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) concrete trafficking intelligence from investigations in Germany which had revealed direct links with Nigeria. The direct contact with the Nigerian police and the intelligence about the local situation and the potential of the country's police force have contributed to a better understanding and, hence, improved cooperation.

 

 

NAPTIP

22.11.-25.11.2010

Approximately EUR 7 800,-

Germany

Training in

Bulgaria

From 15 to 26 November 2010 a member of BKA's Fachdienststelle Menschenhandel (Specialised Human Trafficking Unit) (SO 13) received on-the-job training at the Chief Directorate for Combating Organised Crime (CDCOC), a partner agency in Sofia. The training helped to improve cooperation significantly. A Bulgarian police officer is due to receive on-the-job training at BKA in 2011.

 

CDCOC

15.11.-26.11.2010 and

28.03.-08.04.2011

Approximately

EUR 2 000,- €

Germany

Participation in international projects

In 2011 BKA will participate in the EU-funded UNODC/IOM project to prevent and combat human trafficking between Nigeria and the EU Member States. The expected contacts between Nigeria and the relevant units of the participating countries (France, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and UK) may help considerably to boost international cooperation on this type of crime in the coming years.

UNODC/IOM

2011

EUR 20 000,-


 

Germany

Lectures to international delegations

When international delegations visit the BKA, human lectures are regularly given on human trafficking.

For example, the OSZE organised a study trip for Ukrainian police officers, who visited the BKA on 18 November 2010. The participants should be equipped to prevent trafficking in human beings and combat this crime in the run-up to the 2012 European Football Championship, which will take place in Ukraine and Poland.

 

 

Not quantifiable because ongoing

Germany

Cooperation in the context of the Baltic Council

Since 2006 the BMFSFJ (Federal Ministry for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth) acts on behalf of the Federal Government as member of the Baltic Council's Task Force against Trafficking Human Beings (TF-THB) and gives backing to its projects. It should be noted that on 10 June 2010, in the context of the TF-THB Training on Human Trafficking for Diplomatic and Consular Personnel project a seminar was held at the BMFSFJ in Berlin with about 50 participants belonging to the diplomatic and consular corps.

Baltic Council

Open-ended

Not quantifiable because open-ended

Agreement between the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Government of the Republic of Kosovo on Cooperation in the Field of Security

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agreement

The agreement governs the cooperation in fighting, preventing and clearing-up serious crime in the field of organized crime, especially drug crime and illegal immigrant smuggling, traffic in human beings as well as terrorism. It includes general provisions on types, framework conditions and limits of cooperation.

Kosovo

Signed on 14 April 2010

-

Agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on cooperation in the field of fight against organized crime, terrorism and other serious crimes

 

The agreement governs the cooperation in fighting, preventing and clearing-up serious crime in the field of organized crime, especially drug crime and illegal immigrant smuggling, traffic in human beings and terrorism. It includes general provisions on types, framework conditions and limits of cooperation.

Ukraine

Signed on 30 August 2010

-

 


 

Hungary

 

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

 

Ukraine

 

 

 

 

 

Different third countries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South-Eastern Europe

 

Co-financing of a conference, cooperation with the city of Ungvar in the Ukraine

 

Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ICMPD Project: Enhancing Transnational Cooperation on Trafficking Cases in South-Eastern Europe (TRM-II)

 

Ministry of National Resources.

One of the key issues of the conference was the fight against human trafficking

 

 

Integrated Approach for prevention of labour exploitation in origin and destination countries

Identify the needs and gaps in the THB for labour exploitation in order to improve the identification, referral of victims and the assistance services for victims and for prosecution and conviction of traffickers;

- increase the level of population knowledge on labour exploitation phenomenon;

- improve the intervention capacity of the actors involved in identification, referral and assistance of victims trafficked for labour exploitation

 

The project focus on further improvement of cooperation between countries of origin and destination for the referral of trafficked persons and the development of a transnational reporting template to address the need for fast and efficient information exchange between countries on safe and voluntary return of trafficked persons as well as case follow-up.

 

CulturElle Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

Ministry of Interior – Hungary

 

National Agency against Trafficking in Persons-Romania

 

EPLO – Greece

 

National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Bulgaria

 

KISA – Cyprus

 

Fromer Yugoslavina Republic of Macedonia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ICMPD

 

Hungary, Albania, Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Austria, Bugaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Italy, Romania, Spain, Turkey

 

 

 

 

15. 04. 2010

 

 

 

 

 

January 2010 – August 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 months (September 2010 - March 2012

 

 

10.000 EUR

 

 

 

 

 

European Commission/ISEC Programme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USAID

 


 

Ireland

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

Ukraine, OSCE

 

 

 

Project

Development of national referral mechanism for the enhancement of anti-human trafficking measures in Ukraine.

Department of Foreign Affairs/Irish Stability Fund

ongoing

€100 000

International Labour Organisation

III phase of Irish-Aid-ILO Partnership Program

Financial contribution to the ILO special Action Program to combat forced labour

Department of Foreign Affairs/Irish Aid

01/08/2008 to 31/07/2011

€ 1.8 Million of the budget allocated to SAP-FL.

(total of €9 Million for the partnership programme over 3 years)

Zambia

Development project

Education including working to combat gender-based violence in schools which leads to high levels of school drop out rates amongst girls rendering them more vulnerable to human trafficking is the primary focus for Irish Aid’s programme in Zambia. Irish Aid jointly heads the donor group on education and supports Zambia’s national development plan by funding the School Grants Mechanism. The fund aims to improve access to education and increase enrolment by building new schools and expanding existing ones; improve the quality of education through increased teacher training and deployment, development new curricula and educational materials; improve school management, teacher management, teacher motivation and pupil retention and progression; and to provide educational support for girls, orphans and vulnerable children, and children with special needs.

Department of Foreign Affairs/Irish Aid

2000-2015

Data not available

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Development project

Financial support to the work against gender based-violence

Department of Foreign Affiars/Irish Aid/International Rescue Committee

ongoing

2009/10: Liberia: €481,448

2009/10: Sierra Leone: €1,149,773

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Participation on observer basis in the project entitled “Integrated approach for prevention of labour exploitation in origin and destination countries”

In line with Ireland’s European and international obligations, Ireland would like to strengthen cooperation with source countries. Therefore AHTU intends to participate a self-financed observer basis in the mentioned project. (Participation in research study, field visits into SEE and third countries, participation in awareness raising campaign)

AHTU/Department of Justice, Equality and Defence

2011-2013

Approx total € 2000

 


Italy

 

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

 

 

LIBYA

 

 

 

 

Project PROMETEO

 

General awareness raising

Carabinieri HQ

IOM

Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Libyan Police and Prosecutors

 

06/12/2010

(ad hoc)

 

5.000

 

UNICRI

DPKO

NATO

 

Project TACTIK

 

Training

Carabinieri HQ

US Dpt. of State

IOM

Police Forces of 17 African Countries

 

01/01/2010

31/12/2010

(ad hoc)

 

170.000

BELARUS

Meeting

(FIEP-TAIEX-GIMAT)

Training

Carabinieri HQ

Belarus Ministry of Interior

08/09/2010

10/09/2010

(ad hoc)

 

25.000

JORDAN

LIBYA

SPAIN

TURKEY

 

Workshop

(TAIEX)

 

General awareness raising

Carabinieri HQ

Jordan Police

Libyan Police

Spanish Police

Turkish Police

 

Nov.2009

Apr.2010

(ad hoc)

 

20.000

 

IOM

 

Agreement

 

Joint statement for cooperation

 

Carabinieri HQ

IOM

 

Mar.2011

 

//


 

TURKEY

European Commission Technical Assistance Information Exchange Instrument (TAIEX) Programme

 

Study visit of a delegation of the national Turkish police aimed at a closer examination of aspects such as the fight against organised crime, trafficking in drugs and human beings, including targeted discussions with crime analysis experts

 

European Commission;

Ministry of the Interior – Department of Public Security

 

April 2009

 

-

JORDAN

European Commission Technical Assistance Information Exchange Instrument (TAIEX) Programme

Exchange of information and best practices with experts of the Italian police forces concerning the fight against trafficking in human beings

 

European Commission;

Italian Ministry of the Interior – Department of Public Security

March 2011

 

-


 

 

Examples of best practices

Memorandum of understanding aimed at enhancing interinstitutional cooperation initiatives in the fight against trafficking in human beings. The agreement aims at fostering coordination between judicial authorities, police forces and NGOs. Police highest representatives at provincial level have identified one or more contact persons for an improved coordination activity with the stakeholders concerned

National Anti-Mafia Directorate

Ministry of the Interior – Department of Public Security

Start: 28 April 2010

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Examples of best practices

Drawing up of a “National Plan on Trafficking in Human Beings” and development of a “National Referral System

Ministry of the Interior – Department of Public Security

Technical working table of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the Support of Victims of Trafficking and Exploitation within the Presidency of the Council of Ministers – Department for Equal Opportunities

Start: January 2011

 

-


 

 

Examples of best practices - training

Training course on trafficking in human beings for national police officers on duty at the specialist sections of Criminal Investigation Departments and at Air Border police offices

Ministry of the Interior – Department of Public Security

January 2010

 

-

NIGERIA

 

Agreement aimed at strengthening cooperation in the fight against trafficking in human beings and illegal immigration

Pilot project in the field of investigative activities, envisaging the secondment of Nigerian police officers to Italian police offices

 

Interpol General Secretariat;

Nigerian national police;

Ministry of the Interior – Department of Public Security

Start: March 2009

-

 


Latvia

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

Afghanistan/ law enforcement agencies (police officers and prosecutors)

Professional development training programme

THB investigation was one of the subjects of professional development training programme “Crime scene survey and basics of criminal investigation” for 5 police officers from Afghanistan Faryab Province.

State Police College, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

14-19 June 2010

10 000 LVL from Latvia state budget.

Azerbaijan, Belarus, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Norway, Russia, Turkey, USA, Ukraine/ representatives of embassies in Riga, Latvia

Training Seminar

The aim of the Training Seminar was to improve primary support to the individual victims, to increase knowledge about THB among the staff responsible for consular matters and to provide participants with tools to better assist victims through collaborating with the police, social services, support organisations and others.

The training provided the participants with: understanding of the nature of THB as well as knowledge of international and national law; specific instructions regarding victims of trafficking to increase comprehension of their vulnerable situation and to enhance the support provided to them; knowledge on how to handle suspicious and actual cases of THB within the embassies and with cooperating authorities in line with international human rights standards; A clear understanding of the role of diplomatic and consular staff in identifying, assisting and safely repatriating victims of THB; above all, an opportunity for exchange of experiences and best practices with other professionals and for establishing relevant contact points.

 

Latvia/ the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the CBSS Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Moldova

November 10, 2010

From Latvia 854 EUR

Georgia/ law enforcement agencies

Training Workshop

Improvement of knowledge about security of travel documents and detection of counterfeit documents

Latvia/ the State Border Guard and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Spring 2010

-

 


Lithuania

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner

organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

 

Ministry of Interior of Republic of Lithuania

 

Regional conference

 

Conference title “Regional aspects of control and prevention of trafficking in human beings” meant for exchange of good practice in prevention and repression of THB

 

IOM, Baltic Sea Council

 

May 20-21, 2010

 

financed through the general budget of the ministry

Ministry of Interior of Belarus

Regional conference

Conference title „Combating Trafficking in Human Beings: New Challenges and Threats. Mutual Response of Governmental, International and Public Organizations“ meant for exchange of good practice in prevention and repression of THB with participation of 26 countries (mainly C.I.S. and Baltic sea regional countries)

IOM, SITA,

Ministry of Interior of Republic of Lithuania

October 26-27, 2010

financed by SITA, Swedish Institute and Ministry of Interior


Luxembourg

Country/region or organization at international level

Form or structure of actions

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration (start/end date)

Funding in EUR

Neighbour countries/EU Member States/ICPO Member States

 

Concerning the international cooperation, given the geographical position of Luxembourg, the national police forces closely cooperate with other countries, especially border countries, in the framework of international police cooperation, such as the agreement between EUROPOL member and third party countries, the agreement between INTERPOL member and third party countries, tri-lateral agreements (e.g. Benelux Treaty), multi-lateral Treaty (e.g. Prüm Treaty), the convention on police cooperation (dated 2000) giving the legal framework of international rogatory commissions.

Justice and Police

 

 

EUROPOL

AWF/Agreement

Contribution of Luxemburg in the Europol AWF PHOENIX (Trafficking in Human Beings, Prostitution).

National Europol Unit

 

 

 

 

 

National Criminal Investigation Service, Department of Organized Crime

 

 

INTERPOL

Agreement

Information exchange with ICPO and Member Countries via the I-24/7 platform in the fields of criminal intelligence and criminal proceedings.

National Central Bureau

 

 

 

 

 

National Criminal Investigation Service

 

 

 

 

 

Regional Criminal Investigation Services

 

 

LUXEMBURG

Public sensititization campaign

The government of Luxembourg has adopted a national Action Plan about Equality of Women and Men 2009-2014 (Plan d'action national de l'égalité des femmes et des hommes) which plans at point 4 Violence Human Trafficking and Prostitution the revision of the domestic violence legislation, the implementing of a monitoring system of legislation about human trafficking, scientific follow up of the phenomena of prostitution in order to know its evolution at local and national level, analysis of alternatives to the Swedish model of prostitution legislation. Target group is the general public.

Ministry of Equal Opportunity

2009-2014

100000

 

 

The government conducts ongoing training of police, immigration, and other government officials and nongovernmental organisations on victim identification.

Law enforcement services

 

 

 

 

 

Governement agencies

 

 

 

 

 

NGO's

 

 

 


Netherlands

Country/region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

International

International conference in The Hague, Netherlands

To celebrate its tenth anniversary as an institution, the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking organised a two day international conference in The Hague on how to improve (national and international) monitoring mechanisms in the fight against human trafficking. Keynote speaker was ambassador CdBaca form the US. The role of parliaments was also discussed.

Dutch National Rapporteur and staff

14-15 October 2010

 

EU MS and a number of other European countries

 

Pan-European conference on labour trafficking at Kerkrade (in the south of the Netherlands)

 

A conference of practitioners (investigators, prosecutors and labour inspectors) was held in the Netherlands to identify ways to intensify the fight against human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation and to exchange best practices. The event was funded by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. A conference report has been published under the title “Labour Exploitation in Europe.”

Social Security Intelligence and Investigation Service (SIOD) of the Netherlands and Romanian National Agency against Trafficking in Persons (ANITP)

31 January- 2 February 2010

 

 

 

Croatia

 

Project by international organisation

 

This project was developed by ICMPD in cooperation with Croatian authorities and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Netherlands. The project consisted of a series of trainings in fighting human trafficking for Croatian police, border police, staff of the public prosecutor and labour inspectors. The project proved instrumental in creating greater awareness among Croatian law enforcement authorities and labour inspectors of the issue of labour trafficking. At the final conference of the project in September 2010 all countries from the Western Balkan were represented and this provided a good opportunity for discussing common problems. The possibility of a broader regional follow on project is being considered.

ICMPD (the International Centre for Migration Policy Development)

 

12 months: November 2009 - October 2010

183.000,-

 

Southern Caucasus

Project by international organisation

This project was developed by ICMPD together with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia and funded by the MFA of the Netherlands. The project fitted in a larger international effort to stem human trafficking in the Southern Caucasus under the leadership of the ILO and OSCE. The project aimed at improving the quality and implementation of national actions plans against human trafficking in those three countries.

ICMPD (the International Centre for Migration Policy Development)

12 months: September 2009 - August 2010

80.000.-

Oman

Project by international organisation

This ILO project was funded through the Netherlands Embassy in Muscat. The main elements of the project were training of government officials, a study on ways to improve monitoring of labour recruitment agencies and exploration of the need for a shelter. The possibility of a follow-up project to establish a shelter is being considered.

International Labour Organization (ILO)

12 months: December 2009 – December 2010

70.000,-

Nigeria

Bilateral project for technical assistance

This project built on the close relationship that was forged with NAPTIP during the joint investigation code-named “Operation Koolvis”. The project ran from July 2009 to June 2010 and was funded by the Dutch MFA. The project consisted of a series of trainings given by a variety of experts from Dutch law enforcement agencies (police, border police and public prosecution services) to personnel of NAPTIP and other Nigerian agencies including the Nigeria Immigration Service. The training covered topics related to investigative capabilities as well as the intake and referral of victims. A follow on project is currently being worked out. The new project will span a three year period and consist of more advanced training on some of the same topics as well as new topics such as witness protection.

Dutch law enforcement agencies

12 months: July 2009 - June 2010

361.000.-

Nigeria (Benin and Lagos States)

Project by international organization

In August 2008 Italy and the Netherlands agreed to support a project by IOM Nigeria in the provinces of Benin and Lagos. The project aimed at improving victim support and shelter facilities in those provinces both through NAPTIP and through the involvement of local NGOs. The Dutch contribution is funded through the Embassy in Abuja. Norway joined the project later on. The project is expected to be completed by December 2011.

International Organization for Migration (IOM), Nigeria branch

September 2008 – December 2011

Costs are shared between donor countries.

Angola

Project by international organisation

This project by IOM Angola is funded through the Netherlands Embassy in Luanda. The project is aimed at mobilizing civil society by means of awareness raising activities and strengthening local NGOs through training.

IOM Angola

November 2009.-October 2011

164.000,-

(in euro based on current dollar rate)

Peru

NGO project (full name of the project: Veeduria ciudadana de la trata de personas, el trafico ilicito de migrante)

This project has been developed by the Peruvian NGO, Capital Humano y Social Alternativo. The project was funded through the Netherlands Embassy in Lima. The project aimed to create greater awareness of the issues of human trafficking and people smuggling. More specifically it led to the establishment of a system of citizens oversight of government performance in protecting citizens against human trafficking and exploitation. Citizens can also report on cases of human trafficking and exploitation through this system.

Capital Humano y Social Alternativo (NGO)

August 2008 - July 2010

147.000,-

Kazakhstan

Project by international organisation

 

Through this IOM project a shelter for women that are victim of human trafficking has been established in the north of Kazakhstan. A hotline that victims can call for help was also set up. The project was funded through the Netherlands Embassy in Astana.

IOM Kazakhstan

December 2007 -December 2010

251.000,-

Syria

Project by international organisation

The Netherlands Embassy in Damascus has been contributing financially to the establishment in Damascus of a shelter for women that are victim of human trafficking, an initiative of the IOM. The shelter was opened in January 2009, the first such shelter in that country. The Embassy has winded down its contribution in the course of 2010.

IOM Syria

2008-2010

 

UN/global

International conference on (the worst forms of) child labour

On 10 and 11 May 2010 the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment of the Netherlands organized, together with the ILO, “The Hague Global Child Labour Conference 2010, Towards a World without Child Labour. Mapping the road to 2016,”

Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment of the Netherlands together with the ILO

10 and 11 May 2010

 

South Asia

NGO projects on child labour

The Netherlands Embassy in New Delhi is promoting debate and research on the issue of child labour in the region and the related issue of forced labour, notably in the garment sector. The Embassy is also funding a number of local projects by Indian NGOs with regard to the prevention of child labour and the rehabilitation of children have been forced to do exhausting harmful work.

Various NGOs

2008-2012

approx 320.000,-

Cambodia

Project within broader UNICEF programme to counter child-sex tourism in Cambodia

 

In 2009 and 2010 the MFA of Netherlands gave financial support to a broader ongoing UNICEF programme for technical assistance to Cambodian law enforcement authorities (notably the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police) to fight abuse of children as a consequence of child-sex tourism. Various other activities in the field of both prevention and victim care are also part of the project. The Dutch contribution to this broader project was directed at activities in the border provinces with Thailand and Vietnam and in the touristic province of Siem Reap.

UNICEF

two years: 2009-2010

1.482.000

(in euro based on current dollar conversion rate)

Cambodia

NGO project

This three year project by Terre des Hommes (the Dutch branch of the organisation) aims to provide legal support to victims of child-sex tourism in Cambodia, encouraging them to act as a witness and developing the capacity of local NGOs to pressure law enforcement authorities to take action when needed. Terre des Hommes works together on this project with APLE (Action Pour Les Enfants) and CWCC (Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre). The Dutch MFA funds the project.

Terre des Hommes (Dutch branch of the organisation)

3 years: 2008-2011

162.000,-

(in euro based on current dollar

conversion

rate)

Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Gambia and the Dominican Republic

NGO project

In 2008 the Dutch MFA approved funding of a project by ECPAT Netherlands. Implementation took place in the period 2009-2010. An important element of the project was to get travel agencies, tour operators and hotel resorts to approve and implement a code of conduct aimed at preventing and discouraging child-sex tourism. The project also aimed at building capacity among local NGOs in Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Gambia and the Dominican Republic to help them to wage awareness campaigns and lobby local tourist organisations and hotel resorts to take a more active stance in preventing and signalling child-sex tourism.

ECPAT, Dutch branch of the organisation

(ECPAT is short for End Child Prostitution, child pornography And the Trafficking of children for sexual purposes)

 

 

 

 

 

April 2009 - December 2010

153.000,-

Africa or European periphery

Pilot project for possible mission by European Swift Action Team (SAT)

As provided for in para 3. iii of the Action-Oriented Paper on strengthening the EU external dimension on action against trafficking in human beings, consideration is being given to the possibility of a pilot project involving Swift Action Teams. Such teams, composed of experts from several EU MS, could be helpful in assisting one or more third countries in countering human trafficking flows towards Europe. The teams would also work closely with Frontex.

 

 

 

China

Bilateral MoU

In November 2009 China and the Netherlands signed an MoU on non-operational police cooperation, which also includes the fight against human trafficking and people smuggling. In the framework of this MoU mutual study visits take place to exchange information on the way these forms of crime are tackled in both countries.

Dutch and Chinese law enforcement authorities

 

 

Malaysia

Bilateral MoU

27 May, 2010 Malaysia and the Netherlands signed an MoU on cooperation regarding migration issues and border management. The MoU also covers cooperation in fighting people smuggling and human trafficking. In the framework of this MoU Malaysian (border) police are receiving training in the Netherlands in the detection of false travel documents.

Dutch and Malaysian (border) police

 

 

 


Poland

 

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the Government of the Republic of Croatia on cooperation in the fight against crime

Agreement

Agreement

The Government of the Republic of Croatia

Agreement signed on 9th of July 2010; currently waiting for the process of its ratification.

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Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the Government of the Republic of Serbia on cooperation in combating organized crime and other forms of crime

Agreement

Agreement

The Government of the Republic of Serbia

The negotiation procedure was finished in October 2010, currently the agreement is waiting for an official approval of the Prime Minister of Poland to sign the agreement.

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Other agreements on cooperation in combating organized crime and other forms of crime

Republic of Peru,

Republic of Argentina,

Republic of Albania,

Republic of Iran,

Tunisia,

Libya,

Mongolia,

United States of America,

Russian Federation

Agreement

Agreement

Republic of Peru,

Republic of Argentina,

Republic of Albania,

Republic of Iran,

Tunisia,

Libya,

Mongolia,

United States of America,

Russian Federation.

Process of negotiations is currently running

-

Border Guard of Poland

Agreement between the Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration of the Republic of Poland and the International Organization for Migration on the cooperation in the field of voluntary returns of aliens leaving the territory of the Republic of Poland

Assistance in voluntary return to the country of origin and the reintegration of the migrants staying at the territory o Poland illegally – including the persons identified as victims of human trafficking – achieved through coordination of a/m activities and funding.

International Organization for Migration

From April 2010 – the possibility of using funds from the Project no 6 Assistance in voluntary return from Poland and reintegration, as a part of Annual Work Programme 2010 of the European Return Fund

2 550 000 EUR -
the amount of the funding from European Return Fund – the 75% of the project costs

Unit against Trafficking in Persons, Migration Policy Department, Ministry of Interior and Administration of Poland

Moldova

Project entitled “Polish-Moldovan exchange of experience and best practices under partner co-operation in the area of combating and preventing the trafficking of human beings

under the Polish Programme of Foreign Assistance for the year 2009 granted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

The project was implemented to continue Polish-Moldavian activities undertaken in 2008.

The visit of the Moldovan delegation in Poland was organized between September 21st and September 25th under the above-mentioned project. During their stay the officers of the Moldovan police visited the Warsaw Police Headquarters and the Vistula Border Guard Unit, where they could get acquainted with the practices employed by Polish services in the process of dismantling a criminal group, providing protection to victims and securing evidence. Later the Moldovan delegation took part in a Polish-Moldovan training seminar, organized by the Higher Police School in Szczytno, during which the specific cases of international Police co-operation in the area of combating the trafficking in human beings was analysed in the form of a workshop. As a final result a publication on combating the trafficking in human beings in Poland and in Moldova was published.

-

01.07-31.12.2009

approx.

16 172,3 EUR

(1 EUR = 3,9 PLN)


 

Unit against Trafficking in Persons, Migration Policy Department, Ministry of Interior and Administration of Poland

Ukraine

Project entitled “Polish-Ukrainian co-operation. The best practices of combating the trafficking in human beings and protecting the rights of the victims”

under the Polish Programme of Foreign Assistance for the year 2009 granted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

Training seminar for both Polish and Ukrainian representatives of: the Police forces, the judiciary, the educational and research staff as well as NGOs involved in providing assistance to the victims of trafficking in human beings (form of training: a simulation trial conducted in the criminal proceedings court room at the Warsaw District Court with the participation of all relevant parties of the trial).

Moreover, within the project preventive actions were implemented - the distribution of leaflets among persons planning to come to Poland in order to undertake employment; (Polish consulates in Ukraine got involved in the implementation process).

 

-

 

30.11-04.12.2009

approx.

29 226, 4 EUR

(1 EUR = 3,9 PLN)

 


 

CBSS, Task-Force against Trafficking in Human Beings

Moldova

Training Seminar on Human Trafficking for Diplomatic and Consular Personnel in the CBSS Region” within the project, that was implemented for all Member States of CBSS in the period 2008-2010.

 

Training seminar for consular personnel was organised to present Polish system of combating and preventing trafficking in human beings. Poland put special focus not only to invite consular personnel based in Warsaw from EU and CBSS countries but especially from third countries – countries of origin of victims identified in Poland (European: Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania as well as Asian and chose African countries.

As a result of the project special manual for consular personnel will be published in I half of 2011.

IOM Moldova

Ministry of interior and Administration of the Republic of Poland

12.05.2010

approx.
11.235 EUR

Polish Ombudsman Bureau

Meeting on the polish system of combating and preventing trafficking in human beings for representatives for Ombudsman Bureaus of Georgia and Moldova

Meeting was organised within the project “Partnership for Human Rights”.

French Ombudsman Bureau

18.11.2010

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Portugal

 

Country/region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

 

Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG)

 

Italy

Brazil

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project “Promoting Transnational Partnerships: Preventing and Responding

to Trafficking in Human Beings in Brazil and EU member states”

To make a comprehensive contribution to counter trafficking in human beings efforts by reducing the incidence of trafficking in human beings from Brazil to the EU Member States, particularly Portugal and Italy, in the medium to long term

 

To conduct research identifying the vulnerable and at-risk groups as well as the relevant transnational trafficking routes;

To design an awareness raising campaign based on the information collected in

the research component, a pamphlet and a launch and distribution strategy will be designed;

To implement an awareness raising campaign, based on the distribution strategy developed in coordination with all project partners and associates the awareness raising material will be distributed.

To conduct research on the existing procedures regarding the transnational referral of victims and training gaps and needs analysis of the Brazilian Federal Police;

To design the training material for the Brazilian Federal Police based on the information collected during both researches; i.e. the research component

To train 30 Federal Police Officers, 8 from Goias, Minas Gerais, and Sao Paulo and 6 from the headquarters in Brasilia.

To identify and compile best practices and standards and procedures currently in place in Brazil, Italy and Portugal;

To contact and inform relevant international counter-parts and resources of the proposed action’s objectives;

To map out Procedures required for the conclusion of Memoranda of Understanding for the referral of identified victims of trafficking;

To draft and circulate the MoU templates for the referral of identified victims of trafficking template.                                                                                                                                             

International Centre for Migration Policy Development – ICMPD; Portuguese Immigration and Border Service (SEF); Associazione On the Road – Italy (OtR); Brazilian Secretary of Justice (SNJ); Brazilian Federal Police (Project associate).

Start - June, 2009

End – June, 2011

European Commission

625.000€


 

Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG)

Project Itineris

To protect migrants' rights, especially against

exploitation and trafficking in human beings;

Prevent irregular migration through information campaigns that promote legal migration;

Promote the capacity of national administrations to fight against trafficking in human beings;

Strengthen national and international cooperation in the field of counter trafficking in human beings.

In the action prevention:

- Produce pre-emigration fact sheets and a website targeting potential Brazilian migrants.

In the action - Capacity Building:

- Develop a manual on victim assistance and local prevention activities;

- Conduct initial training and training of trainers.

In the action - strengthening International Cooperation:

- Mapping information exchange and victim referral in each of the

participating countries;

- Production of set of recommendations on trafficking in human beings information sharing and victim referral.

International Centre for Migration Policy Development – ICMPD; Secretaria Nacional de Justiça (SNJ), Brazil; Conselho Nacional de Imigração (CNig), Brazil; Polícia Federal (PF), Brazil; Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF), Portugal; Servizo Galego de Igualdade, Galicia, Spain

 

Start – October, 2010

End – October, 2012

European Commission,

850.000€


 

OTSH - Observatory on Trafficking in Human Beings

 

Translation into Portuguese of the UNODC anti-trafficking manual for criminal justice practitioners.

The goal is the dissemination through all the countries within the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries.

Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG); Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs and

 

-

Ministry of Justice/Conference of Ministers of Justice of Ibero-American Countries (COMJIB) (international body that brings together the political leaders in the area of Justice of the 21 Ibero-American States (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, España, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela

 

 

 

 

The Conference aims at promoting public policies in the Justice sector, seeking the formation of strategic alliances between the States in order to improve Justice with a public commitment to quality. It is an ideal forum for the exchange of information, to agree and harmonize policies and to strengthen international cooperation among the countries of the Ibero-American Community. Therefore, the goal of the COMJIB is to become an effective instrument for the development and the improvement of the justice systems in the different member States, serving the Ministries of Justice and the institutions of the Justice sector.

 

In this context, the Ministers of Justice chose several working lines as the preferred areas for the Conference's activity, including the field of "Trafficking in human beings"

Approval of a recommendations concerning minimum standards and common penalty for trafficking in persons at the Seventeenth Plenary Meeting of the Conference of Ministers of Justice of Ibero-American Countries

 

 

 

Ibero-American States members of COMJIB.

 

 

 

 

21 and 22 October 2010

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Ministry of Justice/Also in the context of COMJIB - Group of Santiago

Look into the issue of prevention and punishment of the crime of trafficking in persons and protection for their victims, by approving a set of recommendations and an action plan.

Approval of the Action plan for prevention and criminalization of human trafficking and protect its victims

 

Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Portugal

Argentina, March 2

 

-

Ministry of Justice/ in the context of the XII Conference of Ministers of Justice of the Portuguese Speaking Countries

 

Establishment of a Working Group to deal with the issue of "Human Trafficking”

 

The Working Group will start their activity during the current year, by approving their activities and action plan

Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, East Timor, and São Tomé and Principe

Maputo 26 to 29 July 2010

-

 

 

Additional information related with internal actions (from October 2009 until March 2011) with impact in external dimension:

 

The project "Development of a transnational referral mechanism for victims of trafficking between countries of origin and destination (TRM-EU)" – Programme “Criminal Justice”, tnaht CIG was the portuguese element involved finalized in February 2010.


 

In the first trimester of 2010, the Observatory on Trafficking in Human Beings and Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality developed a training for 55 labour inspectors, which aim was to improve the knowledge on the THB phenomena, especially concerning the national referral and monitoring system.

CIG promoted the elaboration of the final report of implementation of the First National Plan Against Trafficking in Human Beings, coordinated by CES (Centro de Estudos Sociais).

Creation and implementation of The Second National Plan Against Trafficking in Human Beings (2011-2013) is structured according to a model that defines four strategic intervention areas, outlining 45 measures for its functioning All of these measures are linked to the entities responsible for their execution, as well as to process and result indicators. the four strategic intervention areas are

i) Knowledge, Awareness-raising and Prevention;

ii) Education and Training;

iii) Protection and Support;

iv) Criminal investigation and Co-operation.

 

Involvement/participation in:

Working Group of Focal Points on Trafficking in Persons within the implementation of Warsaw Convention in Strasbourg (1st semester 2010)

The panel “Compensation of victims of trafficking in persons: National Approaches” organized by UNODC, in October 2010, Vienna.

II Meeting of National Rapporteurs or equivalent mechanisms on Trafficking in Human Beings (1st semester, 2010, Brussels)

High level meeting OSCE Alliance against Trafficking in Human Beings

 

Within the Commemoration of the European Day against Trafficking in Human Beings, the II Action Plan Against Trafficking in Human Beings was presented, as well as the launch of a campaign within the premiere of the film “Quero ser uma Estrela”

 

Second Conference on Trafficking in Human Beings – integrated in the training program of the Criminal Police School (Escola da Polícia Judiciária), this initiative took place in February 2011 and had the support of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG – Comissão para a Cidadania e Igualdade de Género). Targeted for representatives of all security forces, judges, prosecutors, journalists, lawyers and public and private institutions who play an active role in the protection of victims, the conference’s main objective was to promote a broad reflection on issues such as the strong transnational component of this phenomenon, gender distinction, trade and exploitation of minors, prevention and monitoring of risk groups, among others, regarded as factors for the establishment of effective and concrete measures that contribute to the detection and fight of such a crime.

 


Romania

 

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia

Project

Integrated approach for prevention of labour exploitation in origin and destination countries.

-identify the needs and gaps in the THB for labour exploitation in order to improve the identification, referral of victims and the assistance services for victims and for prosecution and conviction of traffickers;

-increase the level of population knowledge on labour exploitation phenomenon;

- improve the intervention capacity of the actors involved in identification, refferal and assistance of victims trafficked for labour exploitation;

National Agency against Trafficking in Persons-Romania;

EPLO – Greece;

Ministry of Interior – Hungary;

National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Bulgaria

KISA – Cyprus

 

January 2010 – August 2013

European Commission/ISEC Programme

 


Slovakia

 

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

 

 

 

 

 

Partnership Declaration “Prevention and Extended Hamonized Data Collection System of THB”

The project aims at establishing conditions to facilitate systematic, coordinated and harmonised data collection on THB in Slovakia, and at enhancing awareness among the general public and representatives of selected professional governmental and non-governmental institutions of THB-related issues of newly-emerging forms of trafficking.

 

Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic

(April 2011/September 2012)

118.913,55,- € / EU grant (80% of the project budget)

No cooperation with third countries after November 2009

Europol

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interpol

 

 

 

 

IOM - International Organization for Migration- branch Bratislava

 

 

 

Agreement

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agreement

 

 

 

 

Agreement

 

 

 

 

Sharing intelligence, requests, mutual cooperation mainly via the Europol National Liaison Office, operative meetings, AWF Phoenix, AWF Cooper, (all mentioned regarding to THB)

 

Sharing intelligence, requests, mutual cooperation mainly via the Interpol National Liaison Office, (all mentioned regarding to THB)

 

Very active cooperation; mutual sharing information about victims of THB; direct involving in the programme of support and protection of THB victims

 

 

 

 

Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic, other member states

 

 

 

Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic and other member states

 

Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic, IOM

 

 

 

 

Start: 2005

State : still ongoing

 

 

 

 

 

Start: 1993

State: still ongoing

 

 

 

Start: 2008

State: still ongoing

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Slovenia

 

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

The introduction of the requirements for establishing Joint Investigation teams (JIT) to fight trafficking in human beings in the South-eastern Europe

A pilot case for detecting and investigating of criminal offences if trafficking in persons

 

JIT THB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) The Brdo Process Regional Ministerial Conference (WB)

Southeast European countries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Meetings of national coordinators of trafficking of persons in SEE.

-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Elaboration of the JIT contact points in the area of trafficking in persons (the list is to be updated once a year) and the list of contact points in the police, prosecutor’s office and organisations dealing with assistance to victims of trafficking in persons – and possibly attract non-governmental organisations to participate);

 

-                                                                                                                                              Elaborate a protocol of accessing the above contact points for implementing JIT in the area of trafficking in persons;

 

-                                                                                                                                              A survey of organisation and jurisdictions of individual bodies or services for implementing/managing JIT in the South-Eastern Europe

 

-                                                                                                                                              Introduction of a website that could be hosted by one of the organisations – project partners. The website would serve for publishing all the above contents;

-                                                                                                                                              Introduction of coordination mechanisms and operational implementation JIT

activities.

 

-                                                                                                                                              Exchange of good practices regarding strategies and techniques (Slovene experiences and experiences of project partners)

 

 

Brdo Process ministers of interior are convened on an annual basis to discuss ways of enhancing and upgrading regional cooperation, and improving action against organized crime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National coordinators of trafficking of persons nominated by states in SEE.

-                                                                                                                                              raising awareness among the experts and professionals on the efficiency and usefulness of JIT (organisation/implementation of a seminar for police management staff in the South-Eastern Europe – with the participation of Europol, Eurojust and the project partner state).

 

-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Identification of legal bases and eventual practical difficulties in implementing JIT. The seminar should be designed as workshops with an active participation of both the operators of the seminar and the participants (possible legal bases are to be found in EU legislation, European Council Convention and the JHA Convention on Police Cooperation as well as national legislations).

 

-                                                                                                                                              Transfer of contents for the use of the JIT handbook (Europol/Eurojust handbook on the use of JIT); implementation of the seminar.

 

-                                                                                                                                              Preventive measures and protection of victims including the presentation of the possibilities for the participation of non-governmental organisations and cooperation of the governmental sector. Seminars and workshops would be the basis of further cooperation of participants and for upgrading the existing cooperation.

 

Rise political agreement for common actions for all forms of organized crime, including trafficking of persons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchanging of common positions and rising agreement on common actions against proceedings of prevention and prosecution of trafficking of persons.

Europol, Eurojust and the project partner state

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The participants are interior ministers of Southeast European countries, presidency of the Council, the Commission, Europol, DCAF and other relevant regional actors

 

National coordinators from SEE and ICMPD as sekretariat

 

 

2011 – 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brdo Process Regional Ministerial Conference, held annually at Brdo in Slovenia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Periodical meetins

 

 


Spain

 

During 2009, help and protection for victims under an international plan, the Spanish Master Plan 2009-2012 for Cooperation, included specific lines of strategy and priority action to tackle the problem efficiently on the ground (through bilateral cooperation and the contribution to MDGs in the migration and development sector), such as establishing or reinforcing regulatory frameworks for social protection of migrants on a bilateral or regional scale, combating the trafficking and exploitation of migrants, in particular trafficking women and girls for sexual exploitation. It also includes prevention, protection and help for victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation in conflict or post-conflict situations within the framework of application of Resolution 1325 of the UN Security Council.

 

In addition, the following projects have either been finished are still in process:

 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM AECID FOR THE PROJECT "STRENGTHENING NATIONAL AND REGIONAL POWERS TO PREVENT AND COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN CENTRAL AMERICA" BY UNODC (UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME, 2007-2010): The aim of the project is to identify the legal, institutional, technical, operational and financial capacities of central American countries to prevent, investigate and judge the crime of trafficking and to protect victims and witnesses.

PROGRAMME FOR REGIONAL COOPERATION WITH CENTRAL AMERICA – GENDER AGENDA: SUPPORT TO REINFORCE COMMCA (COUNCIL OF MINISTERS FOR WOMEN IN CENTRAL AMERICA), WORKING THROUGH SISCA (SOCIAL INTEGRATION SYSTEM IN CENTRAL AMERICA) RUN BY THE IOM (INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR MIGRATION). Seven national and one regional study have been made on "The experience of women victims of trafficking and action taken by institutions", in support of the Action Plan against Trading and Trafficking Women by the Council of Ministers for Women by making one regional study and seven national studies on Central American countries and the Dominican Republic. Studies on the pertinent legal processes were also made.

 

Priority areas for intervention were identified in order to enable AECID to draw up a regional strategy on gender, including matters of trafficking. Thus, at the beginning of 2009, the "CREATION OF A REGIONAL HELP CENTRE FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING CRIMES IN TAPACHULA AND TRAINING FOR MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA" project was started, with a total budget of 400,000€, of which 200.000€ was provided by AECID, and the rest by the secretary of Public Security in Mexico.

Extension of the Project to create a HELP CENTRE FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING CRIMES IN MEXICO, which is at the planning stage. Budget: 280,000 €.


 

AGREEMENT TO REINFORCE THE POWERS OF GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL COURTS FOR THE INTEGRAL PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS, IN PARTICULAR FOR TRADING AND TRAFFICKING CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS IN ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS AND NICARAGUA, 2007-2010. The purpose of the Agreement is to tackle prevention and to protect vulnerable girls, boys and adolescents and / or victims of trafficking crimes in Central America, and the subject of protecting childhood, preventing violence, and the rights of adolescent workers in the Andes area.

Furthermore, a Framework Agreement has been signed for collaboration between the Ministry of Equality and AECID to mainstream the current focus on gender and to combat any form of discrimination. Similarly, a specific Agreement has been signed to carry out joint training by preparing a course o on human trafficking for sexual exploitation. As part of the specific Agreement, a course was organised and prepared in 2009 on "The trade in women and girls for sexual exploitation: a global reality", which will be held in 2010. Likewise, three courses have been given on trafficking within AECID's Ibero-American programme of special technical training, in centres where Spain cooperates with Latin America, in Montevideo (organised by CICO, Ministry of the Interior), in Guatemala (aimed at prosecutors), and in Bolivia.

Outside Latin America, AECID has also carried out a multi-disciplinary project to combat trafficking for sexual exploitation, and to help victims in the sub-region of the Mekong to integrate. This is part of tackling the eradication of trafficking and sexual exploitation in the area and making it easier for victims to be rehabilitated and reinserted into society by reinforcing government and non-governmental policies and strategies on trafficking at a national and regional level.


 

Sweden

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

Turkey

Project

The project aims at strengthening the capacity of the judicial system including the Ministry of justice and the Bar Association to give assistance to women who are victims of trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Lawyers have been trained and a network of lawyers working against trafficking has been formed. The project also has an awareness raising component which has contributed to increased public awareness about the problem.

 

IOM who has in turn cooperated with the Ministry of justice, the Bar Association in Turkey, Ankara and other bar associations in the Black Sea Region and Europe and NGOs.

200607-201012

3,48 MSEK

Turkey

 

Project

Legal assistance to women who are victims of trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

IOM

200712-201012

2,730 MSEK

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden

 

 

Project to support a development of a MOU.

Overarching international coordination concerning the creation of a MoU between CBSS member states.

 

Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS)

201011-201111

300.000 SEK


 

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Belarus and Ukraine

 

Project

DEFLECT; Data Collection and Education on Forced Labour Exploitation and Counter Trafficking. The project aims to build local capacity to counter trafficking in human beings

for forced labour and collect comparable data.

Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS)

201012-201312

1 MSEK

Kosovo

Project support

Transnational Action against Child Trafficking, TACT, consisted of preventive work, identification of children at risk of trafficking and dissemination of information.  TACT directly targeted children and their families, schools and local social workers in close cooperation with municipalities and ministries. Child protection units have been created in five larger cities and a handbook on protection of children to be used in schools has been produced.

Terre des Hommes

200701-201009

3 MSEK


 

Ukraine

 

Project support

IOM has worked together with several ministries, government agencies and NGOs to improve protection, reintegration and support to victims of trafficking returning to Ukraine, to raise awareness among the public and government authorities, and to improve prosecution and criminalization through supporting law enforcement and judiciary structures to perform effective actions against human trafficking related crimes. Among the results are; increased number of victims assisted (3800 during the project period), an Anti-Trafficking Division within the Ministry of Interior has been established, identification of victims improved.

IOM

200610-201106, (phase out)

15 MSEK

Russia

Project

The project gathers government representatives, authorities, academia and civil society to improve cooperation and coordination between authorities, build capacity among key actors to fight trafficking, and to increase prosecution through awareness raising and legal changes.

IOM

200604-201012

8 MSEK


 

Belarus

Project

The project is the fourth project phase, which aims at prevention and prosecution of trafficking in human beings, through awareness-raising and legal change, as well as through support and reintegration of victims. Among the results are: More than 30 Belarusian NGOs have participated in the MoI-civil society partnership programme, a large number of victims have received extended support and have been reintegrated into society, an increasing number of victims are willing to witness against traffickers, an improved legislation and a national programme on anti-trafficking have been adopted, a more effective approach on prevention and combating trafficking has been elaborated, co-ordination between competent Belarusian authorities with their counterparts in EU and CIS countries has been established and improved, an international Anti-Trafficking Training Centre has been established at the MoI Academy, an anti-trafficking specialisation programme has been founded and developed at the Gomel State University Law Faculty.

IOM

200908-201206

11 MSEK


 

Regional South East Asia: Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam

Project which resulted in MoU and Plans of Action through the Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking, COMMIT

The ”UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking i Greater Mekong Sub-Region” Phase III addresses all forms of trafficking in human being with a holistic approach. Project components include 1) Training and Capacity Building e.g. training of government representatives, police, NGOs, journalists 2) National Plans of Action, 3) Multilateral and Bilateral Partnerships, 4) Legal Frameworks, Law Enforcement, and Justice

5) Victim Identification, Protection, Recovery and Reintegration e.g. economic opportunities such as VET and micro credits 6) Preventive Measures 7) Cooperation

With the Tourism Sector.

 

UNDP/UNIAP

200903-201206 (last phase of many years of support)

18 MSEK


 

Kenya

Thematic support to UNICEF’s work on child protection.[9]

The programme aims to establish a national Child Protection System that prevents and responds to violence, abuse, exploitation of children and family separation and have it operational in 20 districts by 2013. The four outputs contributing to the overall Child Protection result by 2013 are: i) a strengthened legal and policy framework for child protection; ii) a strengthened national protective services system to respond to cases of violence and exploitation of children expanded to at least 20 selected districts; iii) 500,000 most vulnerable girls and boys in at least 40 districts will be retained or reintegrated with and adequately cared for by their family or alternative family-based care; and iv) the establishment of community-based mechanisms to prevent violence against children, family separations, and HIV infections of girls and boys in the same 40 districts. Minor activities on trafficking.

UNICEF

200709-201306

99,5 MSEK (for the entire programme)


 

Mali

Core support to UNICEF

UNICEF’s work with child protection includes some activities against trafficking: Actions have been undertaken by the Ministry of Promotion of Woman, Child and Family. It consists of setting up an orientation procedure for victims according to the following process: Identification; reception of child victims of traffic; listening and accommodation; search for the family; return in family; social reinsertion; monitoring and evaluation.

UNICEF

200506-201106

18 097 000 SEK (for the entire programme)

Burkina Faso

Project

Support to the NGO TON through programme support to Diakonia. TON works to prevent children from being trafficked to other countries and sees to return and reintegrate them into their families, villages and schools.

Diakonia

200906-201112

~1 MSEK to TON

Bolivia

Core support

One of five components of UNICEFs programme in the country deals with child protection where some activities on awareness raising on trafficking in children are included.

UNICEF

201001-201306

50 MSEK (for entire programme)


 

Global

International training programmes for partners in Sweden and in partner country

4-5 week training programme on human rights and gender equality including gender mainstreaming, GBV, gender analysis, CEDAW, gender budgeting and statistics. The programme included a component on trafficking in women for the purposes of sexual exploitation which can be categorised as an introduction to the problem and needed responses.

Implementing partner: SIPU International AB

2010-2012

44,6 MSEK (for entire programme)

Global

Non earmarked support to the international secretariat

Support to ECPAT International for monitoring of the world congresses on commercial sexual exploitation of children which includes 70 reports on the work against commercial sexual exploitation of children in 70 countries. An international conference was held in October in Bangkok for follow up of WCIII.

ECPAT INTERNATIONAL

2009-2011

12MSEK


 

Global

Programme support (not earmarked)

The programme focuses on prevention of abuse, violence and exploitation of children and on establishment of national mechanisms for child protection. UNICEF’s upstream work in combating child trafficking is evidence of its leveraging and influencing role in establishing strong systems of protection; in 2009, a total of 41 Country Offices engaged in policy advocacy and the development of legal frameworks to combat adult and child trafficking. At the global level, UNICEF worked with 13 other UN and international organizations to co-author the International Framework for Action to Implement the Trafficking in Persons Protocol – a technical tool that provides a step by step implementation guide for Member States to fulfil their commitment to the Trafficking in Persons Protocol, including operational indicators to monitor progress

UNICEF

200909-201205

35 MSEK (for entire programme)

 

 

Example of best practice among the above actions:

 

UNIAP ’s multi-partner and multi-sectoral approach has proved to be successful in raising awareness about the problem in the region, mobilising governments, multilateral partners and civil society into concrete action and cooperation and building capacity, facilitating legal change and

prosecution of offenders, and protection and rehabilitation of victims. Several countries now have specific national laws on human trafficking in place: Cambodia (2008), Myanmar (2005), and Thailand (2008) , and there is growing recognition on the need for appropriate laws to be complemented by strong legal processes governing issues such as victim/witness support and protection, criminal procedures, as well as clarity and standards of evidence. With regard to law enforcement, specialist anti-trafficking police units have been established in many of the GMS Countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Thailand), and the heads of these units meet intermittently to share case information and intelligence.


United Kingdom

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legislation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EU Directive Human Trafficking

 

The UK Government intends to apply to opt in to the EU Directive on Human Trafficking. On 22 March the Minister for Immigration wrote to the Parliamentary Scrutiny Committees in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, seeking their views. Both Houses have now cleared the Directive from scrutiny, and we will shortly be applying to the European Commission to opt in.

 

If our application is successful, we will work closely with the Commission on implementation. There is some flexibility in how we achieve the aims of the Directive and we will look at the best ways of doing this. Our current assessment is that we would be required to:

·      widen one existing offence of trafficking for forced labour;

·      amend existing trafficking offences to confer extra-territorial jurisdiction over UK nationals who commit trafficking offences anywhere in the world;

·      make mandatory some measures which are currently good practice (for example, appointing special representatives to support child witnesses during police investigations and criminal trials);

·      set out the rights of victims to assistance and support.

 

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 March 2011 - ongoing

 

 

 

 

 

 

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK (London) and Romania

Joint investigation

 

Operation Golf

 

Operation Golf was set up as a direct result of Metropolitan Police Service (MET) investigations finding 200 Romanian Roma children involved in crime across London in 2007.  These were identified as part of a larger group of 1107 victims suspected of being trafficked across Europe by one organised criminal network (OCN).

 

Following Romania’s accession to the EU the Romanian National Police investigated the trafficking of Roma children into forced criminality across Europe.  From 2006/7 they identified 1107 children had been trafficked from Tandarei in southeast Romania into Western Europe.  The OCN operated mainly in the UK, France, Spain and Italy.  Children were trafficked mainly to beg and steal in various European countries.

 

The need for joint police work between the UK and Romania led to the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) being set up on September 1 2008.  This gave a co-ordinated and focused approach between the police forces of both countries to disrupt the criminal activities of the Romanian gang, arrest the offenders and rescue the victims.

 

The MET assisted the Romanian National Police in arresting and prosecuting 26 suspects of the criminal gang by providing evidence of offences in 41 police force areas and the circumstances around the forced criminality of identified children.  181 trafficked children were identified as a result. 

 

Up to December 2010 police investigations in the UK led to the arrest of 146 suspects charged for a variety of crimes including human trafficking into the UK; trafficking within the UK; money laundering; benefit fraud, child neglect; perverting the course of justice; theft and handling stolen goods.  Over 80 people to date have been convicted in the UK and one case if undetected could have seen a loss of £12.6 million through fraud.

 

As part of Operation Golf, the launch of Operation Norman on 12 October 2010 on 16 premises safeguarded 41 children and arrested 8 adults.  The operation was jointly planned with Redbridge Council and the local health trust.  After being assessed for risk of harm and welfare needs, 40 children were returned to their families and one girl was placed temporarily with foster carers.  Local authority children’s services support will assist any of the children should an assessment require this.

 

Romanian National Police

1 Sept 2008 – 31 Dec 2010

0.5million Euros (2010)

 

UK

Preventative action

RALON

 

The UK Border Agency’s Risk and Liaison Overseas Network (RALON) works in more than 50 locations worldwide to identify and mitigate threats to the UK border.

 

As part of this work, RALON officers work with airlines and local border control authorities to ensure passengers hold the right travel documents before they travel to the UK. Last year the network prevented over 68,000 people with incorrect, counterfeit or fraudulently obtained passports or visas from travelling to the UK.

 

RALON officers have provided training to carriers on routes that are commonly used by traffickers to enable them to identify potential traffickers and their victims.

 

Airlines and local border control authorities

Ongoing

n/a

UK

Partnership working with source and transit countries

CEOP

 

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency (CEOP) is continuing to form and enhance partnerships in the main source and transit countries to obtain more information on recruitment, routes trafficked, modus operandis and joint investigation practices between law enforcement agencies. 

 

CEOP contributes to the Home Office Threat Assessment and UKBA’s Strategic Threat Assessment to highlight intelligence requirements and to share data.  By working together in partnership and taking advantage of SOCA’s existing links and CEOP’s International Child Protection Network (ICPN) in source and transit countries, intelligence gaps can be better addressed. 

 

By combining CEOP and local expertise in child protection, the ICPN works with existing infrastructure in source countries to identify and protect potential child victims of trafficking.  

 

Main source and transit countries

Ongoing

n/a

UK

Government Strategy

Human Trafficking Strategy

 

The Government will publish a new strategy to tackle Human Trafficking in the Summer. This was announced by the Minister for Immigration on14th October 2010 during debate on Anti-Slavery day. The Strategy will set out what steps we will take across four key areas:

1.     Disrupting trafficking networks before they reach the UK

2.     Smarter multi-agency working at the border

3.     More co-ordination of our law enforcement efforts in the UK.

4.     Improved victim care arrangements.

 

Through the human trafficking strategy we want to maintain the focus on supporting victims, while signalling a greater emphasis on using a range of enforcement approaches to prevent people becoming victims and trafficked into the UK. 

 

The strategy’s overall aim is to minimise trafficking into the UK, by making it a significantly more difficult environment for traffickers to operate in.

As the Minister for Immigration set out in his speech on Anti-Slavery Day, the Government wants to see more activity to tackle the problem in source countries, smarter multi-agency working at the border, more co-ordination of our law enforcement efforts in the UK and improved victim care.

 

In particular, we want to raise the risks traffickers face and decrease their profits so we drive them out of this horrendous crime.

 

n/a

To be published Summer 2011

n/a


 

Eurojust

European Body

 

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

Funding in EUR

 

Russian Federation

Negotiations on a Cooperation Agreement ongoing

Negotiation meetings took place on the following dates (after November 2009):

11-12 February 2010

29-30 March 2010

21-22 October 2010

23-25 March 2011

 

Negotiations started on 11 May 2006.

-

Liechtenstein

Negotiations on a Cooperation Agreement ongoing

Negotiation meetings took place on the following dates:

21 January 2011

 

Negotiations started on 29 October 2010

-

Ukraine

Negotiations on a Cooperation Agreement ongoing

Negotiation meetings took place on the following dates (after November 2009):

17 December 2010

 

Negotiations started on 1 June 2006

-

Switzerland

Cooperation Agreement

The purpose of this Agreement is to enhance the co-operation between Switzerland and Eurojust in the combating of serious forms of international crime.

 

The agreement was signed on 27 November 2008. Entry into force is pending.

-


 

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYROM)

Cooperation Agreement

The purpose of this Agreement is to enhance the co-operation between fYROM and Eurojust in the combating of serious forms of transnational crime including terrorism. They co-operate in the fields of activity as set forth in Articles 6 and 7 of the Eurojust Decision within the competences of Eurojust as set forth in Article 4 of the Eurojust Decision.

 

The agreement was signed on 28 November 2008 and entered into force on 23 June 2010.

-

Moldova

Contacts aimed at starting negotiations on a Cooperation Agreement

Meetings aimed at starting negotiations (after November 2009):

19 April 2010

Meeting on Data Protection on 21-22 June 2010 in Moldova.

 

 

-

Israel

Contacts aimed at starting negotiations on a Cooperation Agreement

Meetings aimed at starting negotiations (after November 2009):

5 July 2010.

 

 

 

-

Serbia

Contacts aimed at starting negotiations on a Cooperation Agreement

Meetings aimed at starting negotiations (after November 2009):

31 May 2010.

 

 

 

-

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Contacts aimed at starting negotiations on a Cooperation Agreement

Meetings aimed at starting negotiations (after November 2009):

14 September 2010.

 

 

 

-


 

Albania

Contacts aimed at starting negotiations on a Cooperation Agreement

Meetings aimed at starting negotiations (after November 2009):

28 September 2010.

 

 

 

-

Cape Verde

Contacts aimed at starting negotiations on a Cooperation Agreement

Meetings aimed at starting negotiations (after November 2009):

10-11 November 2010.

 

 

 

-

Montenegro

Contacts aimed at starting negotiations on a Cooperation Agreement

Meetings aimed at starting negotiations (after November 2009):

6 December 2010.

 

 

 

-

UNODC

Memorandum of Understanding

The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding is to facilitate the co-operation between the Parties with a view to reinforcing the fight against serious crime.

 

The MoU was signed on 26 February 2010.

-

GRECO

Contacts aimed at starting negotiations on a possible Memorandum of Understanding

Contacts aimed at exploring the possibility to initiate negotiations on going.

 

 

-

Interpol

Contacts aimed at starting negotiations on a possible Memorandum of Understanding

Contacts aimed at exploring the possibility to initiate negotiations on going.

 

 

-


 

EULEX Kosovo

Contacts aimed at possibly initiating negotiations aimed at the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding

From 22 to 26 November 2010 the Eurojust External Relations Team conducted a fact-finding mission in Pristina. This mission, organised in collaboration with the European Commission and financed by TAIEX, aimed at gaining a better understanding of the legal and judicial system of Kosovo, exploring the possibility of establishing formal contacts with EULEX and informal contacts with local judicial and prosecutorial authorities.

 

 

 

 

-

International Criminal Court (ICC)

 

A letter of intent was signed between Eurojust and ICC in 2006.

In February 2010 both organisations agreed to nominate contact points in order to enhance contacts and exchange experiences of a non-operational nature.

 

 

-

 

International Law Enforcement Coordination Units (ILECUs) Project

 

Project supported by Eurojust

 

The ILECUs Project aims at improving police cooperation and timely information exchange in international investigations. Eurojust contributes to this project through participation in seminars, workshops, awareness visits, implementation meetings, training and also by holding study visits and explaining the role of Eurojust and its main activities with third States.

 

 

 

On going

-


 

 

Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe

 

Project supported by Eurojust

 

The project contributes to a more efficient fight against organised crime and other forms of cross-border crime in the Southeast European region. It also serves the purpose of providing advice on the experience gathered so far in the field of Joint Investigation Teams (JITs).

 

 

On going

-

 


 

EUROPOL

Progress overview on the conclusion of cooperation agreements with third partners

 

 

The progress overview on the conclusion of cooperation agreements with third partners is up-to-date as of 18 April 2011.

 

 

Part A: State of play ongoing agreements (in alphabetical order)

 

  I.      Operational Agreements

 

1.     Albania

 

The process for the conclusion of the agreement was initiated in December 2007 when the data protection questionnaire was sent to Albania. The completed questionnaire was received from Albania in January 2008. The reply from Albania to additional questions from Europol was received in October 2008. The finalisation of the paper-based scrutiny of the data protection legislation was on hold pending additional questions identified by Europol, replies to which were received in June 2010. After a first scrutiny, Europol has sent a list of additional questions in preparation for a data protection study visit to Albania. This visit is scheduled for the second week of June 2011.

 

2.     Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

The process for the conclusion of the agreement was initiated in the first quarter of 2009 when the data protection questionnaire was sent to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The answers were received in April 2009. Following an initial scrutiny of the data protection legislation, Europol is working on a list of additional questions which will be sent to Bosnia and Herzegovina shortly after which a data protection study visit can be considered (3nd Quarter of 2011).

 

3.     Colombia

 

The operational agreement was signed by the Director on 20 September 2010 in Colombia. Europol is awaiting the finalisation of the ratification process by Colombia, which is anticipated to occur during 2011, after which the agreement will enter into force.


 

4.     Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

 

The negotiations for an operational cooperation agreement took place in The Hague on 15-17 December 2009. During the MB meeting on 3-4 February 2010 it was decided to change the closing formula, which referred to the language of the agreement. Following bilateral talks with the Ambassador of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in The Hague on 17 March 2010, an alternative solution was found which was accepted by the MB of 23-24 March 2010. The MB agreed to recommend the Council to authorise the conclusion of the agreement. Council authorised signature in July 2010. The signing ceremony, scheduled for 13 September 2010 was cancelled at short notice by the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia due to advice from the Council Legal Service (CLS) confirming that the way of exchanging signatures proposed by the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was not in line with EU policy. In close cooperation with different units of the COM, a meeting between Europol representatives (G3) and the deputy Head of Mission of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the EU took place on 20 April with the aim of finding a solution acceptable to all parties.

 

5.         Israel

 

At the MB in October 2010, agreement was reached on a text for revised versions of Articles 7 and 8 of the draft agreement. The proposal has been sent to the Israeli Ministry of Justice. Europol organised a meeting in March 2010 with representatives of the Embassy of Israel in The Hague in which the Israeli position towards the Europol proposals for Article 7, 8 and 15 was clarified. Whilst the proposal for Article 7 and 15 are in principle acceptable for the Israeli authorities, a compromise solution for Article 8, safeguarding the principles agreed on by the MB, is currently under discussion. The competent services of the European Commission will be closely involved.

 

 

6.         Liechtenstein

 

The process for the conclusion of an operational agreement was initiated in the third quarter of 2008 when the data protection questionnaire was sent to Liechtenstein. Europol has received a reply and copies of the relevant laws in May 2009. A first scrutiny of the data protection legislation took place and additional questions were sent to Liechtenstein on 15 March 2010. Additional answers were received in June 2010. Europol has sent a list of additional questions in preparation for a data protection study visit to Liechtenstein. This visit is scheduled for the last week of May 2011.

 

7.         Moldova

 

The process for the conclusion of an agreement was initiated in the first quarter of 2009 when the data protection questionnaire was sent to Moldova. A first reply was sent to Europol in May 2009. An update of the questionnaire and additional set of documentation was sent to Europol in April 2010. Europol completed its first scrutiny of the material received and sent additional questions to Moldova in January 2011. Awaiting the reply from Moldova, Europol will further proceed with the assessment of the data protection legislation in Moldova. Should Europol come to the conclusion that it is suitable to assess Moldova’s data protection framework in practice, the data protection visit could be scheduled for the second half of 2011.


 

8.         Monaco

 

The Council authorised the Director to sign the operational agreement. The agreement will be signed in Monaco on 6 May 2011 and will enter into force on the day Monaco notifies Europol that it has ratified the agreement, which is expected to follow shortly after the signing ceremony.

 

 

9.         OLAF

 

Europol and OLAF initiated the process for the conclusion of a working arrangement allowing for the exchange of personal data in line with Article 22 of the Europol Decision. A first negotiation meeting was held at OLAF on 09 April 2010 during which a draft Chapter on information exchange was discussed. Negotiations were then discontinued awaiting the appointment of the new OLAF Director. However, in accordance with Article 22(3) of the Europol Decision, Europol is at present - prior to the entry into force of the arrangement - able to directly transmit personal data to OLAF. OLAF has been invited for a further negotiation meeting, on the basis of the new approved model agreement. Different opinions exist in relation to the use of the model agreement for the establishment of the working arrangement. Europol is awaiting the reply from OLAF

 

10.      Russian Federation

 

The MB authorised the Director to enter into negotiations with the Russian Federation at its meeting in May 2010. As part of this process, Europol held a Conference on open data protection questions with participants from the Russian Federation, the JSB, the COM, the General Secretariat of the Council and Member States on 19-20 October 2010, followed by a first round of bilateral negotiations on 21-22 October 2010. The outcome of this conference was made available, inter alia, to the JSB. A second round of negotiations was held on 4-6 April 2011 during which a considerable part of the text was provisionally agreed upon. In preparation for a third round of negotiations provisionally planned for June 2011, further exchanges of text proposals are ongoing.

 

11.      Serbia

 

Initiating steps towards the negotiation of an operational agreement have been taken with Serbia, with an initial reply to the data protection questionnaire received in September 2009. Based on a number of developments in the data protection framework by Serbia, the data-protection questionnaire was re-submitted to Serbia in August 2010, and replies received in September 2010. The first scrutiny of the data protection legislation in Serbia was completed in January 2011 and additional set of questions was sent on 07 March 2011. Europol is awaiting the reply from Serbia.

 


 

12.      Turkey

 

Europol has sent for information purposes a data protection questionnaire in February 2006 and has sent a letter with information about the steps to be taken for concluding an operational agreement in June 2008. No answer has been received to date. The Turkish Ambassador to the Netherlands, in a meeting with the Director of Europol on 19 April 2010, reported that a new data protection legislation is currently before the national parliament and is likely to be adopted later this year, which will allow the next steps towards an agreement with Europol to be taken. The Ambassador confirmed the interest of Turkey in concluding an operational agreement with Europol. No further update is currently available.

 

 

 

13.      Ukraine

 

The strategic agreement was signed during the EU-Ukraine summit in Kiev on 4 December 2009 and ratified by the parliament in November 2010. The formal notification thereof was provided to Europol during the visit of the Ukrainian Minister of the Interior on 16 November 2010 triggering the entry into force of the strategic agreement.

Ukraine expressed its interest to move forward towards an operational agreement and insists on initiating the process for that. A meeting between with the Counsellor for Political Affairs and Europol took place in the Embassy of Ukraine in the Netherlands on 12 April 2011, during which Europol explained the different steps and requirements for the drafting of a data protection report which is the major step in the establishment of an operational cooperation agreement. Considering that the national data protection supervisory body is not operative yet, Europol suggested postponing the initiation of the process and to send the questionnaire in the second half of 2011. Ukraine is currently reflecting upon this proposal.

 

 

II.      Strategic Agreements

 

1.     ECDC (European Centre for Disease Control)

 

The negotiations on a strategic agreement between the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the Europol took place in Stockholm on 22 - 23 February 2011 and were based upon the new model agreement for strategic cooperation which was adjusted to the specific nature of the agency ECDC (EU agency) and the specific nature of the cooperation between Europol and ECDC (threats to public health emanating from terrorist or criminal activity). The draft agreement was submitted to the ECDC Management Board in March 2011. However, the draft agreement was not approved due to a scrutiny reservation from the COM representative in the ECDC MB. The draft agreement which was also tabled for the Europol MB of March was therefore removed from the agenda. Europol is in contact with the COM in order to find a suitable solution for the problems identified by the COM after which the draft agreement could be resubmitted for adoption to the respective MBs.


 

2.         China

 

First contacts have been made by the Chinese Mission to the EU. The Defence Advisor visited the Director on 4 November 2009. The process on reaching an agreement was explained by Europol but it was made clear that for the time being China does not intend to ask for a cooperation agreement with Europol.

 

 

3.         Morocco

 

First contacts were initiated by means of a meeting with representatives from the Moroccan Embassy in November 2008. An information letter was sent in April 2009 and an official invitation to initiate negotiations was sent in July 2009.

At its meeting on 8 July 2009, the MB decided that for the time being, Europol should negotiate a strategic agreement with Morocco. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Morocco responded by letter of 06 October 2009 positively to Europol’s request to initiate the process of negotiating a strategic cooperation agreement between Morocco and Europol. A letter was sent on 28 October 2009 explaining Morocco the different steps to be followed for the establishment of the strategic cooperation agreement. No reply has yet been received from Morocco.

 

 

III.      Countries recently added to the Council list

 

1.         India

 

On 26 February 2009, the Council decided to add India on the “Council list” of third parties with which Europol may negotiate a cooperation agreement. At its meeting on 8 July 2009, the MB decided that for the time being, Europol should negotiate a strategic agreement with India. On 6 October 2009, the Director sent a letter to the Indian mission to the EU together with a model strategic agreement for Indian’s information. The Central Information Bureau (CBI) in New Delhi has made a first series of comments on the model agreement. India expressed its willingness to sign the cooperation agreement during the EU-India summit in October 2010. However, despite two scheduled dates for negotiations in June and July 2010, with India cancelling both at the last moment, no further reply has been received since then, despite numerous attempts from Europol’s side to obtain such information. In November 2010, Europol was (again) informed by its Indian contact point that instructions from New Delhi are still pending. It is envisaged to propose to India to hold a seminar on the possibilities and benefits which would result from the cooperation between India and Europol.


Part B:                                                                                                                                  Cooperation agreements in force

 

 

I. OPERATIONAL AGREEMENTS

DP report finalised

DP report MB Approval

DP report Council approval

Draft Agreement Finalised

MB approval

Council approval

Signature / Ratification

Entry into force

Interpol

24.03.00

22.06.00

28.09.00

05.04.01

18.05.01

28.06.01

05.11.01

05.12.01

Norway

03.04.00

26.10.00

15.03.01

08.03.01

18.05.01

28.06.01

28.06.01 / 24.12.01

24.12.01

Iceland

13.06.00

26.10.00

15.03.01

16.03.01

18.05.01

28.06.01

28.06.01 / 06.09.01

06.09.01

USA[10]

n/a

n/a

n/a

27.10.02

29.10.02

19.12.02

20.12.02 / 20.12.02

21.12.02

1.1.1.        Eurojust

n/a

n/a

n/a

yes

yes

n/a

01.10.09

01.10.09

Canada

21.05.02

05.09.02

14.10.02

27.05.04

13.07.05

07.11.05

21.11.05 / 21.11.05

21.11.05

Switzerland

01.12.00

27.02.01

28.05.01

18.09.01

12.12.01

19.07.04

24.09.04

01.03.06

Croatia

11.05.04

16.07.04

25.10.04

08.11.04

30.08.05

01.-02.12.05

13.01.06

16.08.06

Australia

12.09.05

20.01.06

21.02.06

12.10.06

29.12.06

15.02.07

20.02.07

27.09.07

 

 

 

II. STRATEGIC AGREEMENTS

Draft Agreement finalised

MB approval

Council approval

Signature/Ratification

Entry into force

1.2.             EMCDDA

12.09.01

24.10.01

n/a

19.11.01

20.11.01

USA

04.10.01

24.10.01

06.12.01

06.12.01

07.12.01

1.3.             ECB

12.09.01

24.10.01

n/a

13.12.01

14.12.01

WCO

18.10.01

12.12.01

13.06.02

23.09.02

23.09.02

1.4.             Commission

31.01.02

26.02.02

n/a

18.02.03

19.02.03

Russia

23.10.02

16.09.03

03.10.03

06.11.03

06.11.03

UNODC

11.04.03

14.11.03

19.02.04

16.03.04

16.03.04

II. STRATEGIC AGREEMENTS

Draft Agreement finalised

MB approval

Council approval

Signature/Ratification

Entry into force

1.4.1.        OLAF

12.01.04

Chair informed

n/a

08.04.04

08.04.04

Turkey

28.04.03

14.11.03

19.02.04

18.05.04/28.07.04

28.07.04

Colombia

23.04.03

16.09.03

27.11.03

09.02.04/10.02.04

10.12.04

SitCen

 

 

n/a

26.10.05

26.10.05

Bosnia & Herzegovina

06.03.06

11.07.06

18.12.06

26.01.07/27.01.07

27.01.07

Albania

20.07.06

27.09.06

18.12.06

05.02.07/ 26.03.07

10.05.07

Moldova

07.07.06

27.09.06

18.12.06

12.02.07/ 26.07.07

22.08.07

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

05.05.06

11.07.06

18.12.06

16.01.07/ 06.03.08

14.03.08

FRONTEX

26.02.08

19.03.08

n/a

28.03.08

29.03.08

CEPOL

28.02.07

20.03.07

n/a

19.10.07

20.10.07

With GCS concerning ESDP civilian missions

06.03.08

19.03.08

Taken note of by Coreper on 25.06.08

By exchange of letters - Letter received from the SG of the Council on 01.08.08. Reply letter by Mr. Ratzel dated 25.08.08

25.08.08

Serbia

24.04.08

05.2008

06.2008

18.09.08 / 14.05.09

16.06.09

Montenegro

24.04.08

05.2008

08.2008

19.09.08

25.09.09

Ukraine

15.04.09

05.2009

10.2009

04.12.09

16.11.10

 

 

 


Frontex

 

Country/

region or organisation at international level

Form or structure of actions and activities

 

Description of actions and activities

Partner organisation

Duration

(start/end date)

 

 

Russian Federation

 

Working Arrangement signed

 

 

Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation

 

14.09.06 (ToR)

 

Ukraine

 

Working Arrangement signed

 

 

Administration of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

 

11.06.07

 

Croatia

 

Working Arrangement signed

 

 

Ministry of the Interior, Border Police Directorate of the General Police Directorate

 

15.04.08

 

Moldova

 

 

Working Arrangement signed

 

 

Border Guard Service of the Republic of Moldova

 

12.08.08

 

Georgia

 

 

Working Arrangement signed

 

 

Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), Border Police of Georgia

 

04.12.08

 

fYROM

 

Working Arrangement signed

 

 

Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), Directorate for Border Affairs and Migration of the Bureau for Public Safety of MIA

 

19-01-09

(Exch. Letters procedure)

 

Serbia

 

 

Working Arrangement signed

 

 

Ministry of the Interior,

Border Police Directorate of the Ministry of Interior

 

17-2-09

Belgrade

 

 

Albania

 

Working Arrangement signed

 

 

Ministry of Interior, Department of Border and Migration of the State Police

 

19-2-09

(Tirana)

 

BiH

 

Working Arrangement signed

 

 

Ministry of Security, Directorate of Border Police

 

 

3.04.09 Warsaw

 

U.S.A.

 

Working Arrangement signed

 

 

US Department of Homeland Security, Secretariat for Policy of DHS

 

28.04.09 Prague at EU-USA Troika

 

Montenegro

 

 

Working Arrangement signed

 

 

Police Directorate, Directorate for State Border and Border Affairs.

 

18.06.09 Warsaw

 

Belarus

 

 

Working Arrangement signed

 

 

State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus

 

21.10.09

LT-BY border

 

Canada

 

Working Arrangement signed

 

 

Border Services Agency (CBSA)

21 Oct 2010, Warsaw

 

Cape Verde

 

Working Arrangement signed

 

 

National Police

14 Jan 2011 Brussels

 

 

 

 

 

CEPOL (European Police College)

Cooperation Arrangement