Greek Parliament set to vote on new bill establishing Supervised Drug Consumption Sites-The contribution of civil society organizations

The debate over the recent draft law entitled “Private Clinics Statutory Framework, Modernization and Reformative recommendations, The National Public Health Organization establishment, the National Institute of Neoplasms and the other provisions establishment” is in the homestretch. The proposed draft bill, submitted by the Health Ministry, includes – among others-  various amendments of the Law 4139/2013 on drugs as well as a specific provision for the legal establishment of supervised drug consumption sites in Greece. 

On February 20, 2019, a hearing meeting of the Standing Committee on Social Affairs of the Hellenic Parliament took place, during which the proposed Draft Law was discussed. Mrs. Galinaki Sofia, Advocacy Officer of Diogenis and representative of the greek Organizations’ Platform for psychoactive substances, participated in the hearing, during which in cooperation with other Platform’s member-organizations presented a series of proposals aiming to improve this legislative initiative.

Α relevant proposals’ memorandum was submitted on behalf of the Platform to the Committee and the Minister of Health, Mr A. Xanthos.

Next Tuesday, 26/2/2019, the second reading of the draft law by the Committee is expected to take place, so that later be introduced  in plenary for voting.