Public hearing on drug policy in the European Union

On February 23, ENCOD organises a public hearing on drug policy in the European Union. There will be a roundtable with Members of the European Parliament and speeches by ENCOD members and MEP Michail Tremopoulos.

This public hearing is a reaction to the “Report on Global Illicit Drug Markets 1998 – 2007", an extensive report that concluded the failure of the EU drug policies in the past years. The authors of the report have not been asked to produce any recommendations. According to DCU (Drugs Coordination Unit ) representatives, the report “does not contain sufficient data to be called an evaluation”. Thus, it seems likely that the report, the result of one year of scientific research will soon be forgotten.

From 8 to 12 March 2010, the next annual meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs will be held in Vienna, Austria. On this meeting, the European Union representatives will defend common viewpoints on the future course of global drug policies. Like last year, ENCOD and The International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD) will demonstrate at the Vienna meeting.

see the ENCOD website for the programme and more detailed information.