The Center for Security Studies (KE.ME.A.) hosted in Athens, on 27th and 28th of January 2022, the kick-off meeting of the European Research Project: "Enhancing prevention and multi-agency cooperation against Trafficking – ERADICATING”. The duration of the project is 24 months and it is conducted within the thematic unit ISFP (Internal Security Fund Police) / THB (Trafficking in Human Beings).
The Center for Security Studies (ΚΕ.ΜΕ.Α.) participates as a partner and consortium coordinator of ERADICATING project, which aims at enhancing the prevention and early identification mechanisms of victims, with an emphasis on trafficking in sexual and labor exploitation. In addition, it focuses on strengthening the capacity of Law Enforcement Agencies and improving the provision of their services.
The kick-off meeting, held at KE.ME.A. premises, was attended (in a hybrid form -physically and virtually- due to Covid-19 restrictions) by all partners of the consortium from Greece, Bulgaria and Germany. The opening speech was made by the Police Major and head of the Anti-crime Policy Sector of KE.ME.A., Mr. Vassilios Roussakis. Afterward, a welcoming speech was addressed by the DG Home EU Project Officer, miss Coralia Kontou, who presented the grant procedures of the project. The Research Associate of KEMEA and Coordinator of the ERADICATING project, Dr. Antonia Pothoulaki presented the general overview and the individual objectives of the project. On behalf of KEMEA’s team, the Research Associates Ms. Andriani Retzepi and Ms. Vagia Poutouroudi, participated with their knowledge and experience in the coordination of this discussion as well as in the presentation of Work Package 3 of the project, which is also led by KE.ME.A. The WP3 is related to the training and simulation exercises with the participation of all the relevant actors.
Representatives of Hellenic Police, as a consortium member, participated physically in those working activities and presented the role of HP in the implementation of ERADICATING objectives.
This event was funded by the European Union's Internal Security Fund – Police