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Monitoring Serbia in the EU accession process

Where is the anti-trafficking area in the process of Serbia’s accession to the European Union?
What can we learn from the EU’s experience, legislative framework and anti-trafficking mechanisms?
What should we monitor at the national level and which EU policies can help us to improve the framework of anti-trafficking public policies, laws and other regulations in Serbia?
Below are some of the questions to which ASTRA provides answers and recommendations by monitoring process of Serbia’s accession to the EU, especially in:
  • Chapter 23 – Justice and fundamental rights,
  • Chapter 24 – Justice, freedom and security (fight against organized crime and trafficking in human beings as a form of organized crime), and when opened, also
  • Chapter 19 – Social policy and employment (among else, due to labour exploitation as a form of trafficking in human beings).
ASTRA monitors events related to the implementation of some of the most important EU decisions, such as the EU Anti-Trafficking Directive: 2011/36 / EU Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings, effective prosecution of offenders and better protection of victims, in accordance with the highest European standards, as binding on all Member States, then the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (2005), as well as important reports and recommendations regarding these and other acts.
We also follow developments regarding umbrella public policies, such as the EU Strategy for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (announced for the first quarter of 2021).
ASTRA monitors public policies and laws in Serbia, as well as their implementation, legal, institutional and operational framework, achievements and challenges, all in order to identify areas that can be improved, harmonized with good practices and cases from the EU, and as a result improve the position of persons at risk and victims of human trafficking in Serbia.
On its path to the EU, Serbia is committed to adapting its laws and policies to meet the standards of EU membership.
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