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EU strategy against human trafficking

The European Commission has adopted the EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings (2012-2012), a set of concrete and practical measures to be implemented over the next five years.

These include the establishment of national law enforcement units specialised in human trafficking and the creation of joint European investigation teams to prosecute cross-border trafficking cases.

"Unfortunately slavery hasn't yet been left to the history books. It is appalling to see that in our times human beings are still being put up for sale and being trafficked into forced labour or prostitution,” said Cecilia Malmström, Home Affairs Commissioner. “Ensuring that victims can get support and bringing traffickers to justice is at the heart of our actions. We are far from there yet, but we can have only one aim: to eradicate trafficking in human beings".

The strategy includes prevention, protection and support of the victims, as well as prosecution of the traffickers. .

In adopting this strategy, the Commission is focusing on concrete actions that will support and complement the implementation of EU legislation on trafficking (whose deadline for transposition is April 2013).


June 2012


  • Long leases bill (date added: 28 June 2012)
  • Consultation on reform of insurance law (date added: 26 June 2012)
  • New Managing Partner and Chairman for Dundas & Wilson (date added: 25 June 2012)
  • A ‘more open and just’ justice system (date added: 21 June 2012)
  • Appointment of new Lord Justice Clerk (date added: 20 June 2012)
  • EU strategy against human trafficking (date added: 19 June 2012)
  • More efficient workplace dispute resolution (date added: 15 June 2012)
  • Commissioner issues first decisions (date added: 13 June 2012)
  • Changes to the international patent system (date added: 11 June 2012)
  • Appointment of Lord President and Senators (date added: 08 June 2012)
  • Scrapping metal theft (date added: 06 June 2012)
  • Proposed new EU Regulation re electronic ID schemes (date added: 05 June 2012)