A project on combating trafficking in human beings will be launched on 29 June 2015 from 10 to 11 AM in Serdica Meeting Room in Grand Hotel Sofia. The project is implemented by the European Institute Foundation and is financed under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.
The press conference will be attended by Mrs. Meglena Kuneva, Deputy Prime Minister for European Policies Coordination and Institutional Affairs, Mrs. Kamelia Dimitrova, Secretary of the National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Mr. Geir Sjøberg, Chargé d’Affaires at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Sofia.
The project “Multidisciplinary Approach for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings by Transferring Knowledge and Good Practices from Schengen Member States, More Specifically from Norwegian Experience” aims at training a large number of civil servants from law enforcement and judicial institutions, as well as institutions in the field of security.
The fight against trafficking in human beings as an element of the fight against organized crime is a top priority of the Schengen member states. Trafficking in human beings as a cross-border phenomenon affects Bulgaria, which is primarily a country of origin for victims of trafficking, but due to its strategic geographical location it is also a transit country, vulnerable in regard to illegal channels not only for trafficking in human beings but also for illegal migrants. This serious problem, especially for our country, will be discussed during the press conference, as it requires pooling the efforts of all relevant institutions and organizations at national, regional and international level, especially in the context of today’s dynamic and challenging environment.