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 Hungary from 8 to 11 July 2014. The visit was organised in the context of the first round of evaluation of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

During the visit, the GRETA delegation met Ms Krisztina Berta, Deputy State Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior and National Anti-trafficking Co-ordinator. The delegation also held consultations with officials from the Ministry of Human Resources, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Office of Immigration and Nationality, the Office of the Prosecutor General, the National Office of the Judiciary, the National Police, the National Bureau of Investigation, the Victim Support Department of the Office of Public Administration and Justice, and the National Labour Office. The delegation also met representatives of the Hungarian office of the European Employment Services (EURES).

In addition, the delegation met representatives of NGOs, trade unions and academics and officials from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

In the course of the visit, the GRETA delegation visited a shelter providing accommodation and assistance to victims of trafficking, a crisis centre offering short-term accommodation to victims of trafficking and a centre for unaccompanied minors.

The visit was carried out by Ms Siobhán Mullally and Mr Jan van Dijk, members of GRETA, who were accompanied by Mr Gerald Dunn of the Secretariat of the Convention.

On the basis of the information gathered during the visit and the reply from the Hungarian authorities to GRETA’s questionnaire, GRETA will prepare a draft report containing an analysis of the implementation of the Convention by Hungary and suggestions for further action. This draft report will be transmitted to the Hungarian authorities for comments, which will be taken into account by GRETA when establishing its final report. GRETA’s final report will be made public, together with possible final comments by the Hungarian authorities.

Source: http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/monitoring/trafficking/Docs/News/HUN_web_art_en.asp