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Directors of seven EU agencies, including the FRA, committed to coordinate efforts in partnership with EU Member States, EU institutions and other partners, including civil society organisations, to create a Europe-wide approach to the eradication of human trafficking. This approach will pay particular attention to ensuring the rights of victims are fully respected and protected, in line with EU and international norms.
The event entitled "Together Against Trafficking in Human Beings", allowed participants to exchange views on strengthening cooperation between EU agencies and other stakeholders in addressing trafficking in human beings. It brought together the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator and the EU Agencies: the police training college (CEPOL), the EU Asylum Support Office (EASO), the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), Europol, Eurojust, the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and the EU external borders agency (Frontex). Representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations, international organisations and academia involved in the field also took part.
The event featured a debate between the directors of the EU agencies, moderated by the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, under the title "EU Member States and Agencies jointly addressing human trafficking and victim protection. During the day, the FRA also co-chaired a victim protection workshop alongside the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), and the newly-created EU Asylum Support Office (EASO). In addition, there were workshops on the prevention of trafficking, and the investigation and prosecution of perpetrators.