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New Directive on Human Trafficking

The new Directive 2011/36/EU on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims has been published in the Official Journal. The directive repeals the old Council Framework Decision 2002/629/JHA.

The directive adopts a broader concept of what should be considered trafficking in human beings and includes additional forms of exploitation. These include forced begging, exploitation of criminal activities, etc.

Second Amendment of the Cotonou Agreement

The second amendment of the Cotonou Agreement with the African, Caribbean and Pacific states has been signed. The Cotonou Agreement constitutes the foundation of the special relationship between the EU and ACP nations. It is aimed at reducing and eventually eradicating poverty as well as at sustainable development and the gradual integration of the ACP states into the world economy.

The changes include strengthened provisions against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, as well as provisions against organized crime and trafficking of human beings, drugs and weapons. There are new procedures for assistance to ACP states for adapting to global warming and for integrating climate change into their development strategies, as well as improved support to the aquaculture and fisheries sectors in ACP states and to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

For a critical assessment see the briefing paper of the CONCORD Cotonou Working Group.

New Directives on Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children

The Commission has proposed the adoption of two new directives – a directive on on combating sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, and a directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting victims.

Both directives will repeal prior framework decisions and will be adopted under the new rules of the Treaty of Lisbon – that means the co-decision procedure – adoption by the Council AND the European Parliament.

As the Commission points out, the two proposals will allow it to monitor and sanction poor implementation of the directives.