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The ministerial high-level conference aimed to develop initiatives at EU level to combat trafficking in human beings. The discussions made reference to the Stockholm Programme which will define the framework for EU police and customs cooperation, rescue services, criminal and civil law cooperation, asylum, migration and visa policy for the period 2010-2014, the Action Oriented Paper on Trafficking in human beings, and the Framework Decision on combating trafficking in human beings - a law recently proposed by the European Parliament designed to grant victims the necessary assistance and support by Member States in the framework of criminal proceedings.
The conference brought together almost 600 participants, including Ministers and Deputy Ministers from the 27 EU Member States and beyond, inter-governmental organisations, civil society organisations and media representatives.
The conference was organised by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), along with the Swedish Presidency of the EU (Ministry of Justice of Sweden) in cooperation with the International Organisation for Migration, Vienna, the Prevention of and Fight Against Crime Programme 2008, and the European Commission - Directorate-General Justice, Freedom and Security. The FRA presented the recommendations of the FRA Study on Child Trafficking published recently.
The Final Declaration of the conference proposes, inter alia, establishing an EU coordination mechanism involving the FRA, to tackle the issue of trafficking in human beings in a more collaborative manner, as well as highlighting the importance of a human rights based approach to the issue.
More information about the conference on the Swedish presidency website.