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ACT

Commission Decision 2007/675/EC of 17 October 2007 setting up the Group of Experts on Trafficking in Human Beings [See amending act(s)].

 

SUMMARY

The decision sets up a "Group of Experts on Trafficking in Human Beings", which the Commission may consult on any matter relating to the combating of trafficking in human beings.

In particular, the terms of reference of the group consist of:

  • establishing cooperation between European Union (EU) countries, inter-governmental, international and non-governmental organisations and the Commission regarding human trafficking;
  • issuing opinions and ensuring a coherent approach to the subject;
  • helping the Commission in assessing the evolution of policy in the field at national, European and international levels and in identifying possible relevant measures at European and national levels across the range of the anti-trafficking policy.

The group is composed of 21 members taken from:

  • administrations of EU countries (up to 11 members);
  • inter-governmental, international and non-governmental organisations active at European level in the area of trafficking in human beings (up to 9 members);
  • social partners and employers' associations operating at European level (up to 4 members);
  • Europol (1 member);
  • experts from public or private universities or institutes in EU countries (up to 2 members).

The members of the group are appointed by the Commission, apart from the member from Europol. Their term of office lasts for a renewable period of 3 years.

The group adopts its rules of procedure and elects a chairperson and two vice-chairpersons from among its members. Sub-groups may be set up to examine specific questions. The group and its sub-groups meet on Commission premises and the latter provides secretarial services for their meetings.

The Commission may invite experts or observers from outside the group with specific competence in a subject to attend meetings.

Neither the members of the group nor the experts and observers are remunerated for their services.

Background

This decision repeals Decision 2003/209/EC, which set up the first "Experts Group on Trafficking in Human Beings". Since 2003, the work of this group has enabled the Commission to develop its anti-trafficking policy. For example, the EU action plan on best practices, standards and procedures for combating and preventing trafficking in human beings, adopted in 2005, was largely based on the report drawn up by the experts group at the end of 2004.

This decision takes account of the EU enlargement and extends the scope of the first experts group to adapt it to the developments in the area of trafficking in human beings.

 

REFERENCES

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Decision 2007/675/EC

17.10.2007

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OJ L 277 of 20.10.2007

Amending act(s)

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Decision 2008/604/EC

23.7.2008

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OJ L 194 of 23.7.2008

Successive amendments and corrections to Decision 2007/675/EC have been incorporated in the basic text. This consolidated version is for reference purposes only.

Last updated: 11.03.2011

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