To support the Macedonian authorities in tackling trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation, today the Council of Europe convened an expert round-table meeting on engaging the private sector and trade unions to prevent and combat human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation. The meeting gathered representatives of public bodies, private enterprises, agency labour providers, trade unions, civil society and international organisations, as well as academic institutions. The aim of the meeting was to provide a forum for professional exchange on countering human trafficking through business and to present promising practices.
“Private investment is key for the economic and social development, and private companies that promote corporate social responsibility should be encouraged to enhance efforts and share their experience with others” – stated Zoran Shapuric, Minister without Portfolio in charge of Regulations for Improvement of the Investment Climate for Domestic Companies.
“The National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings will engage with the private business and trade unions with the aim to strengthen the fight against human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation” - said Magdalena Nestorovska, the National Anti-trafficking Co-ordinator.
Ivana Krstevska, representative of the Macedonian Chamber of Commerce, highlighted that the Chamber supports activities related to the regulation of the private sector as well as initiatives undertaken by its members with regard to corporate social responsibility. She also stressed the Chamber’s willingness to take an active role in national actions and policies for preventing and combating human trafficking.
This activity was organised within the framework of the “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, a joint co-operation framework of the European Union and Council of Europe that seeks to assist beneficiaries in South-East Europe to comply with Council of Europe standards and European Union acquis in the framework of the enlargement process.