Romania, evaluated for implementation of anti-traffic commitments of OS CE

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State Secretary for strategic affairs Bogdan Aurescu met with the Special Representative of OSCE and the Coordinator for Combating Human Trafficking, Eva Biaudet, who is currently paying a visit to Romania, in order to evaluate the way in which Romania is implementing the anti-traffic commitments of the OSCE, informed on Thursday the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Biaudat, who is in Romania over Sept 22-24, said that the organization she is representing is interested in an evaluation of the way in which there is an exchange of knowledge and good practices in the identification of the challenges and the possible deficiencies existing at national level of the anti-traffic commitments of the OSCE. In parallel, along with Romania, an evaluation of Spain is underway in human trafficking.

The purpose of the two reports, stressed Biaudet, is the consolidation of the dialogue among all the countries participating in the OSCE for a more substantial reaction as regards human trafficking. The purpose of the two reports, stressed Biaudet, is the consolidation of the dialogue among all the states participating in the OSCE for a more substantial reaction regarding human trafficking.

According to the Foreign Ministry, Biaudet appreciated the efforts of Romania, as part of its priority objective for combating human trafficking, as well as for the adoption of some national strategies in the field, for 2006-20-2010, of the plans of national action, for 2006-2007 and 2008- 2009, and for the setting up of the National Strategy against Human Trafficking.

Aurescu reiterated the firm political support of Romania for the activity of OSCE in combating human trafficking. Along with the moves initiated by the international organization, for a very comprehensive and efficient approach in fighting human trafficking, Aurescu stressed the need of cross-border cooperation, at various levels and among various institutions with prerogatives in the field, as a ‘common and shared responsibility’ among the source countries and the target ones.

So, human trafficking can be efficiently fought both by a better cooperation among all the parties involved on the basis of the good practices developed by some states, like Romania, as well as by the implementation of the national legislation and the international law in the field. In this respect, agreed was a series of common actions with the Special Representative of OSCE, that will be implemented in 2010.

In the context in which the special representative of OSCE will finalize the monitoring reports on human trafficking for Romania and Spain, the representative of the Foreign Ministry appreciated the initiative of the high commissioner to continue the drawing up of these studies also for other countries in Europe and Central Asia, where the problem of human trafficking is central.

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