Ljubljana, March 2020
On 3 March 2020, a meeting of the Network of Anti-Trafficking Coordinators of South-East Europe was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in the margins of the Brdo Ministerial Meeting. This meeting marks the 10th anniversary of the Network.
The Meeting was organised by the Anti-Trafficking Office of Slovenia with support from the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in its role as the Network’s Secretariat.
The meeting was opened by H.E. Boštjan Poklukar, Minister of the Interior, Republic of Slovenia. “Trafficking in human beings is a global phenomenon, which is also unfortunately present in the region of Southeast Europe. For this reason, the need for regional integration was recognized many years ago, "said the Minister, stressing that "he is particularly proud that, with the expert support of the International Center for Policy Development, the network has become recognized as one of the most important forums for cooperation in the field of combating trafficking in human beings in the region.”
The main topic of the meeting was the developed Strategy Paper 2020-2024 and the way forward. Ms. Melita Gruevska-Graham presented the Strategy Paper followed by discussion of the future setting of the Network: financial framework, choosing chairing country for 2020, and the possible cooperation with other organisations in the region.
The National Anti-trafficking coordinators concluded the meeting by reporting on the latest developments in the field of combating trafficking in human beings in the SEE region.
The Strategy Paper 2020-2024 was endorsed by the ministers of interior of the Brdo Process member states at the Ministerial Meeting held on 4 March 2020.
Brdo, March 2018
Nine ministers of Interior from South-Eastern Europe (SEE) met at the Brdo Process Ministerial Meeting, 16 March 2018, to adopt a joint-ministerial declaration on regional cooperation to combat trafficking in human beings. ICMPD, as the Secretariat of the Meetings of the Network of National Anti-trafficking Coordinators in SEE, supported participating states draft the declaration and continues to facilitate regional cooperation against trafficking.
The joint ministerial declaration marks the continuation of sustained focus by governments in the region to work in partnership to combat trafficking in human beings. As well as reaffirming commitment to protection of victims, prosecution of perpetrators and prevention of trafficking, the declaration commits adopting countries to establish formal compensation mechanisms for victims, acknowledge the importance of reducing demand for trafficked services, and to devote attention to the relevance of internet-based technologies to combat trafficking. The declaration also makes note of ICMPD’s role in providing expertise and supporting the Network of National Anti-trafficking Coordinators in SEE. The conference was also attended by National Anti-Trafficking Coordinators, senior officials from the European Commission and International Organisations working in SEE.
Skopje, November 2017
On 13-15 November 2017, a Meeting of the National Anti-Trafficking Coordinators (NATCs) of South Eastern Europe (SEE) was held in Skopje, Macedonia. The meeting was hosted by the NATC of Macedonia. The meeting was co-organised by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in its role as Secretariat of the NATCs SEE Network, the Permanent Mission of the French Republic to the International Organisations in Vienna and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The meeting benefited from the attendance of Sweden’s Ambassador at large on the fight against THB, France’s Ambassador at large on transnational organised crime, and the French regional expert on THB.
Outcomes of the meeting included identification of potential support to and involvement of the Network under the forthcoming Bulgarian presidency, the proposal to have a declaration on THB during the next Brdo Process Ministerial Meeting planned for March 2018, as well as a summary of conclusions and recommendations for strengthening Prosecution, National Referral Mechanisms, and International Cooperation within the region.
Vienna, April 2017
On 3 April 2017, the Network of National Anti-trafficking Coordinators in South Eastern Europe met in Vienna, Austria to discuss a joint strategic agenda for the years 2017 – 2018. The meeting was attended by representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Romania and the Slovenian Chair, as well as the ICMPD Secretariat. The meeting focused on clarification of the format of the year over the coming years, agreeing clear priorities for strengthening the role of the Network in both political and capacity development spheres, and pursuing closer involvement from the private sector in the SEE region in combating trafficking.
Tirana, May 2016
On 12 May 2016, the National Anti-Trafficking Coordinators (NATC) from South-Eastern Europe (SEE) discussed the current and the future challenges in the fight against trafficking in human beings (THB), specifically taking into consideration the impact of the current refugee crisis on the vulnerability to THB and exploitation among unaccompanied and separated children in the SEE region. They highlighted the good practices and ongoing anti- initiatives on unaccompanied and separated children in the SEE region, assessed opportunities for future transnational cooperation specifically between SEE countries and other relevant countries outside the region and developed adequate recommendations. The meeting was kindly hosted by the Albanian Ministry of Interior and co-organised by ICMPD (as Secretariat) and OSCE mission in Albania in Tirana, Albania.
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Stockholm, November 2015
The National Anti-Trafficking Coordinators (NATCs) of South Eastern Europe (SEE) and Sweden gathered on 3-4 November in Stockholm, Sweden, to discuss the current and the future challenges in the fight against trafficking in human beings, specifically taking into consideration the impact of the current refugee crisis on the vulnerability of the displaced people to trafficking and exploitation. The meeting was hosted by the County Administrative Board of Stockholm (CABS) and co-organised by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in the framework of the project “Development of a Transnational Referral Mechanism for Sweden (SE-TRM II) - Targeted support to CABS”.
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Presentation - THB & Prositution in Sweden
Presentation - Policy to Action: Against THB
Presentation - BIH NRM
Presentation - BIH JIT
Vienna, March 2015
For the first time, representatives from Central Europe and the UK joined the meeting of National Anti-Trafficking Coordinators organised by ICMPD on 30-31 March 2015. Fifteen European countries met to explore and highlight common priorities and shared challenges, such as effective data sharing and exchange processes between national authorities, in order to further develop a regional response to trafficking in human beings. The UK's recently appointed Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Mr Kevin Hyland, gave a keynote speech and child protection experts from terre des hommes and the UK's NSPCC made presentations about trends and practices of trafficking among vulnerable children in Europe. Ms Petya Nestorova, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Council of Europe Convention on Trafficking also spoke on the role of transnational referral mechanisms.
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Istanbul, June 2014
On 25–26 June 2014, the National Anti-Trafficking Coordinators from South-Eastern Europe met in Istanbul, Turkey, to share information about efforts to combat trafficking in human beings, as well as to discuss the latest THB trends in the SEE and EU regions with a special focus on national reporting and monitoring mechanisms. Representatives from the Turkish Directorate General for Migration Management joined the meeting.
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Sarajevo, September 2013
On 19 September 2013 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the National Anti-Trafficking Coordinators from South-Eastern Europe discussed the coordinated policies and good practices related to combating trafficking in human beings at the EU level, as well as the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. The EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, Ms Myria Vassiliadou, and the Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, Ms Petya Nestorova, attended as guest speakers.
Sofia, March 2013
The National Anti-Trafficking Coordinators from South-Eastern Europe met on 11 and 12 March 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria, to share information about their efforts to combat trafficking in human beings, as well as to discuss their experience in implementing Directive 2011/36/EU.
Ljubljana, October 2012
The National Anti-Trafficking Coordinators from South-Eastern Europe gathered in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 4 October 2012 to discuss how they can contribute to the implementation of the EU strategy. On the occasion of the 6th EU Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October 2012, the NATCs agreed upon a joint declaration, which outlines their priorities.
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Bucharest, February 2012
A working lunch of the National Anti-Trafficking Coordinators from South-Eastern Europe took place on 28 February 2012 in Bucharest, Romania, in the framework of the final seminar of the project 'Enhancing Transnational Cooperation on Trafficking Cases in South-Eastern Europe (TRM-II)'. For more information on the main topics of discussion during the working lunch and the seminar, see the documents below.
Belgrade, June 2011
The first meeting of the National Anti-Trafficking Coordinators from South-Eastern Europe took place on 8 June 2011 in Belgrade, Serbia. The latest trends in THB were discussed with a special focus on street children.