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Brussels, 24 November

Commissioner Malmström welcomes political agreement on the Directive on trafficking in human beings

The negotiators of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission found a political consensus on the text of the Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protection of victims (COM/2010/0095), which was proposed by the Commission in March this year.

Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs, said:"I welcome this agreement which confirms the EU's commitment to fight human trafficking, by protecting the victims and punishing the criminals behind this repelling crime. The agreed text is a balanced compromise between the institutions. I am confident that the Directive can now be adopted swiftly, creating an ambitious common legal framework to combat trafficking in human beings. It will be the basis for further actions, and it will strengthen judicial and law enforcement cooperation across our internal borders''.

Next steps:

The European Parliament and the Council will now vote on the Directive, to formally adopt it.

For more information of the Commission proposal see IP/10/380 and Memo/10/108

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