European Union

Trafficking in human beings in EU


The trends in the statistical data for the period 2013-2014
– In total there were 15 846 ‘registered victims’ (both identified and presumed) of trafficking in the EU.
– Trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation is still the most widespread form (67 % of registered victims), followed by labour exploitation (21 % of registered victims). The
other 12% were registered as victims of trafficking for other forms of exploitation.
– Over three quarters of the registered victims were women (76 %).
– At least 15% of the registered victims were children.
65% of registered victims were EU citizens.
-The top five EU countries of citizenship for registered victims in 2013-2014 were Romania, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Poland. These are the same countries as for the years 2010-2012.
-The top five non-EU countries of citizenship were Nigeria, China, Albania, Vietnam and Morocco.
6 324 people had formal contact with the police or the criminal justice system in connection with the crime of trafficking in human beings.
– In total, 4 079 prosecutions and 3 129 convictions for trafficking in human beings were reported in the EU.

Report on the progress made in the fight against trafficking in human beings
Brussels, 19.5.2016


Good bye UK!

Great Britain voted to leave European Union. What’s next is the big question!?


The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union by 52% to 48%. Leave won the majority of votes in England and Wales, while every council in Scotland saw Remain majorities.

EU referendum


OTC markets in Europe

When the Markets of Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) came into force in 2007,  there was a concern that a rising proportion of European equity trading would move  to over-the-counter (OTC) markets. More than two years later, this does not seem to have materialised.

In 2009, the European market share of OTC equities trading amounted  to 37.4%, down from 38.2% in 2008, with Germany displaying the highest share in 2009  at 44.2% and the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries the lowest one at 15.8% .

Source: CESR 2009 Report