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Parliamentary questions
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21 November 2018
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004473/2018

Τhe Commission is not in a position to comment individual cases. To the extent this case might concern trafficking in human beings, the Commission is monitoring compliance by Member States with the directive 2011/36/EU (Anti-Trafficking Directive) in Member States(1) and may take appropriate actions, including the initiation of infringement procedures, where necessary.

Organ trafficking and trafficking in human beings for the purpose of organ removal are two distinct legal phenomena, governed by different legal instruments. The initiatives of the Commission against trafficking in human beings are conducted as per the Anti-Trafficking Directive 2011/36/EU and in line with the EU policy priorities in this field(2).

The EU dimension of trafficking in organs is addressed through horizontal measures regarding the fight against organised crime.

The Anti-Trafficking Directive provides for assistance and support to victims of trafficking and in certain cases (children) to their family members.

(1)To this effect the Commission has published a ‘Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council assessing the extent to which Member States have taken the necessary measures in order to comply with Directive 2011/36/EU on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims in accordance with Article 23 (1) ’, (Brussels, 2.12.2016 COM(2016) 722 final).
(2)Including the EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings of 2012-2016, COM (2012) 286 final, 19.06.2012, at: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/organised-crime-and-human-trafficking/index_en.htm and Commission Communication ‘Reporting on the follow-up to the EU Strategy towards the Eradication of trafficking in human beings and identifying further concrete actions’ COM(2017) 728 final at: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=COM:2017:0728:FIN

Last updated: 22 November 2018Legal notice