Conference Agenda


Towards  New European and International Partnership and Cooperation in Protecting Victims,  Combating and Preventing Trafficking in Human Beings


A Conference organised by PAYOKE under the auspices of the European Commission DG Home Affairs in cooperation with the Danube University of Krems and the Centre for European and International Policy Action (CEIPA)


Time: 6 March 2014, 09:00- 17:00

Venue: Egmont Palace, Arenberg Room

Address: Rue des Petits Carmes/Karmelietenstraat, Entrance 8 bis.  

Chair and Moderator: Mr Peter von Bethlenfalvy

This event will shed light on the results of an EC/ISEC co-funded project “Joint efforts of Police and Health Authorities in the EU-Member States and Third Countries to Combat and Prevent Trafficking in Human Beings and Protect and Assist Victims of Trafficking” focusing on new ways of cooperation between governments, academia and NGOs. The particular aim of this project has been the development of cooperation between law enforcement and the health sector in over 15 countries.

Preliminary Agenda

09:00-09:30: Registration and welcome coffee in the Foyer of the Arenberg Room


09:30 – 09:40: Presentation of the Awareness Raising Film Spot made by Payoke and the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

  • Ms Patsy Sörensen, Director Payoke


09:40 - 10:10: Opening and welcome address

  • Mr Elio Di Rupo, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium, address delivered by Ms Yasmine Kherbache, Chief of Cabinet of the Prime Minister
  • Mr Serge Brammertz, United Nations Under Secretary General and Chief Prosecutor International Criminal Tribunal for FYROM
  • dr Krisztina Berta, Deputy State Secretary for EU and International Relations, Ministry of Interior, Hungary
  • Ms Corinne Dettmeijer-Vermeulen, National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children, The Netherlands
  • Ms Myria Vasiliadou, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, European Commission


10:10 – 11:30: PANEL 1: Victim Protection from the Perspective of Human Rights and Gender Equality

  • Ms Michèle Coninsx, President, EUROJUST
  • Ms Corinne Dettmeijer-VermeulenNational Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Dr Gudrun Biffl, Dean, Faculty of Migration and Globalisation, University Krems
  • Dr Tom GoffinProfessor Biomedical Ethics and Law, Catholic University of Leuven. Representative of  the Medical Council of Belgium
  • Baroness Sophie Jekeler, Director, Samilia Foundation

The debate will focus on

Human and minority rights in the countries of origin and destination,

Gender and cultural issues,

Improving the treatment of victims by law enforcement and the health sector,

Enhancing the role of NGOs in combating discrimination against victims of THB.


Followed by plenary discussion.


11:30 – 12:30: PANEL 2: Preventing Trafficking in Human Beings by Way of Public Awareness and Increased Involvement of the Health Sector

  • Mr Henrik Sjölinder, Director, Ministry of Justice, Sweden
  • Mr Gerald Tatzgern, Federal Criminal Police, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Austria
  • Mr Willem Debeuckelaere, President, Privacy Council, Belgium
  • Mr Emilio Nuzzolese, Forensic Expert, University of Magna Grazia, Italy


The debate will focus on

The medical secrecy as a possible obstacle in the multi-disciplinary approach,

Commitment and knowledge of the medical field in protecting the victims of THB,

Expectations of the law enforcement from the medical professionals in taking an active role in identification, prosecution and integration of trafficked victims.


Followed by plenary discussion.


12:30-13:30: Sandwich Lunch in the Royal Hall of Mirrors


13:30-15:00: PANEL3: The Role of National and European Institutions in Forging New Partnerships between NGOs, the Health Sector and the Law Enforcement

  • Dr Helga Konrad, Executive Director, Austrian Institute for International Affairs
  • Mr Nicholas Le Coz, President GRETA, Council of Europe
  • Mr Duco van Heel, Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, FRONTEX
  • Ms Diana Muntean, Director, Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family, Republic of Moldova
  • Mr Steve Harvey, Law Enforcement Expert, United Kingdom


The debate will focus on

The future European policies furthering synergies between all stakeholders in the fight against THB,

The role of national governments in providing sustainable support for multi-disciplinary cooperation,

Setting priorities for the EU and National Action Plans and the role of EU Agencies and National Coordinator.


Followed by plenary discussion.


15:00 – 15:15: Summary and recommendations of the Conference

  • Ms Jelena von Helldorff, Project Quality Evaluator


15:15 - 15:30: Concluding remarks focusing on Progress and Setbacks in Policy Action Furthering the Combat against Trafficking in Human Beings in Europe within the framework of the “Joint Efforts” project


15:30-16:30: Networking event with refreshments in the Hall of Mirrors


17:00 End of Conference


Project partners

8 Month Evaluation Report 

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   With the support of the European Commission.