20 May 2015 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out an evaluation visit to the Republic of Moldova from 11 to 15 May 2015. The visit provided an opportunity to assess progress in the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings since the first evaluation by GRETA in 2011.
During the visit, the GRETA delegation met Ms Natalia Gherman, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration and Chairperson of the National Committee for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, as well as Mr Nicolae Eșanu, Deputy Minister of Justice. Discussions were also held with Ms Ecaterina Berejan, Secretary of the National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and officials from relevant ministries and public bodies, including the General Prosecutor's Office, the Labour Inspectorate, and the Transplantation Agency.
Further, the GRETA delegation met with the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ms Liliana Palihovici, the Chair of the Committee for human rights and inter-ethnic relations, Mr Vladimir Ţurcan, and the Chair of the Legal Committee for appointments and immunities, Ms Raisa Apolschii.
The GRETA delegation travelled to Bălţi and Sîngerei where it met representatives of the Territorial Commissions and Multidisciplinary Teams for combating trafficking in human beings, including representatives of law enforcement agencies and relevant local authorities.
Separate meetings were held with representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and with officials from the local offices of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
In the course of the visit, the GRETA delegation visited a centre for assistance and protection of victims and potential victims of human trafficking in Chisinau, as well as a family crisis centre and a temporary placement and rehabilitation centre for children in Bălţi.
The visit was carried out by Ms Kateryna Levchenko and Ms Gulnara Shahinian, members of GRETA, who were accompanied by Mr Markus Lehner of the Secretariat of the Convention.
Following the visit, GRETA will prepare a draft report which will be sent to the Moldovan authorities for comments. GRETA will subsequently adopt a final report which will be made public.
Sursa: Consiliul Europei