The second series of multidisciplinary trainings on a project on combating trafficking in human beings, implemented by European Institute and financed under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism, will be held in the period 9-13 November 2015 in “St. Ivan Rilski” SPA Hotel in Bansko. The trainings are targeted at civil servants from law enforcement, judicial and institutions in the field of security. They will be attended by expert trainers with proven experience in the field of the fight against trafficking in human beings in the Netherlands, Norway and Bulgaria.
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 to enhance the knowledge of Bulgarian civil servants in the field of the Schengen cooperation and the fight against cross-border and organized crime, including trafficking in human beings, and to exchange good practices with the relevant institutions for combating trafficking in human beings and organizations in Norway and the Netherlands.
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, especially in the context of the current refugee crisis.
Topics such as the national policy for the fight against trafficking in human beings, European standards for combatting trafficking in human beings, police and judicial cooperation in the EU, interaction on cases at national and international level, as well as various cases of Norway and the Netherlands’ practice will be discussed during the multidisciplinary trainings. Operational police officers from the National Police of the Netherlands will share their experience. The trainings will be attended by officials of the Ministry of Interior (CDCOC, Directorate “Border Police”, Directorate “Migration” and Chief Directorate “National Police”), representatives of the Prosecutor’s Office, the National Investigation Service and the District Courts of Plovdiv, Pazardzhik, Blagoevgrad and Montana.