The mission took place in order to strengthen the cooperation and cohesion within the 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” and set the next steps preparing activities described in the plan of action of the project in Albania.
The mission has also been planned with the aim to strengthen the partnership with Albania, discuss with the partners and potential partners future cooperation and identify fields of activities reinforcing the project impact in the field of police, justice, health, labour, social and educational fields.
Patsy Sörensen and Peter von Bethlenfalvy have reported on their mission to Albania which was envisaged in the plan of action of the project. The participants have taken note of the fact that Albania has made a considerable progress as regards the jurisdiction and the development of new administrative structures on the level of central government. A number of well described publications prepared by the relevant ministries and international organisations in Tirana give a clear account of development such as the creation of THB focal points in the ministries of interior, health, social and labour, education, etc. The horizontal approach in administrative adjustment in Albania will be subject for extensive discussion during the third expert meeting in the Hague 25 and 26 June 2012.
In particular the mission discussed extensively the elaboration of material for the project curricula, the manual and the standard operational procedures relating to the interaction of law enforcement and health authorities. In cooperation with the Mediterranean and European University of Albania it has been agreed that the training course to be compiled and prepared for specific purposes in Albania by University of Krems will take place between 14 and 16 March 2013.
The mission also concentrated on specific priorities of Albania when tackling the issues of victim protection, preventing of THB and specifics in combating THB with the input of EU legislation and standards.