First meeting of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA)

The first meeting of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) will take place on 24-27 February 2009 at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. At this first meeting GRETA will prepare and adopt its internal rules of procedure and elect its President and Vice-President. GRETA will also hold an exchange of views on the evaluation procedure for monitoring the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by the parties in preparation for the first monitoring cycle of the Convention.

Thirteen independent experts were elected by the Committee of the Parties for the first composition of GRETA for a term of office of four years :

    Vessela Banova (Bulgarian)
    Louise Calleja (Maltese)
    Josie Christodoulou (Cypriot)
    Davor Derencinovic (Croatian)
    Vladimir Gilca (Moldovan)
    Hanne Sophie Greve (Norwegian)
    Nicolas Le Coz (French)
    Alexandra Malangone (Slovak)
    Nell Rasmussen (Danish)
    Leonor Maria Da Conceição Cruz Rodrigues (Portuguese)
    Gulnara Shahinian (Armenian)
    Robert Stratoberdha (Albanian)
    Diana-Florentina Tudorache (Romanian)

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1st meeting of the Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

At its first meeting on 5 and 8 December, the Committee of the Parties adopted its rules of procedure and elected Ambassador Pēteris Kārlis Elferts, Permanent Representative of Latvia to the Council of Europe, as Chair, and Ambassador Bruno Gain, Permanent Representative of France to the Council of Europe, as Vice-Chair, for a first term of office of one year. The Committee also elected a total of 13 members for the first composition of GRETA, the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (more on the Committee of the Parties….).

United Kingdom 20th state to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings entered into force on 1 February 2008. On 17 December 2008 the United Kingdom became the 20th state to ratify the Convention. For the United Kingdom the Convention will enter into force on 1 April 2009.

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Georgia, Latvia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and the United Kingdom are the first 20 states to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Action against trafficking in Human Beings.

The Convention has been signed by 20 other Council of Europe member states: Andorra, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and Ukraine.

From http://www.coe.int/t/dg2/trafficking/campaign/default_en.asp

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