COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL Reporting on the follow-up to the EU Strategy towards the Eradication of trafficking in human beings and identifying further concrete actions

1. Trafficking in Human Beings (THB) is a severe violation of fundamental rights, prohibited by Article 5 of the European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. It is also a serious form of organised crime, driven by very high profits and high demand for the services unwillingly provided by its victims. It affects adults and children of both genders from within the EU and from non-EU countries, causing profound and often life-long harm.

2. The EU Directive on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting its Victims, Directive 2011/36/EU, (‘the anti-trafficking Directive’) sets out minimum standards to be applied in the EU in preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims.

3. The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty reinforced the Commission’s role in coordinating and steering the EU response. In addition to the Commission’s anti-trafficking Directive in 2011, a European Strategy against Trafficking 2012-2016 was issued shortly after. The strategy is complemented by a number of other policy documents which, taken as a whole, set out the EU’s approach to fight human trafficking. The Commission has not detailed if and when it will develop a full post-2016 anti-trafficking strategy.

Topic  Justice & Home Affairs 
Department  Home Office 
Council Reference  15438/17 
COM Reference  COM(728) 
SEC Reference   
PE Cons   
JOIN   
SWD   
C Reference   

Associated file(s)


  1. Document 15438/17 - 464 KB - pdf
  2. EM 15438/17 - 3 MB - pdf

Search by reference numbers or topic