Anti-trafficking Directive - vote on provisional agreement

15-02-2024 - 13:50
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On Thursday, 15 February 2024, Members of the FEMM and LIBE committees voted on the provisional agreement on the Directive on "Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims".

The European Commission had proposed on 19 December 2022 to amend Directive 2011/36/EU on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims. After long negotiations between the Parliament, the Council Presidency and the Commission, a deal was reached on 23 January between the EU co-legislators, which addresses new forms of exploitation, the online dimension of the crime, the use of services provided by victims, and strengthen penalties for legal entities. The text is victim-oriented through better prevention, assistance, support, protection and compensation to victims.

This agreement has now been endorsed by LIBE-FEMM Members on 15 February, then in plenary.