Cooperation between law enforcement and social and health services in the field of drugs.
On June 5 and 6 a seminar organized by the Association Diogenis as part of the program “New approaches and interventions in drug policy” took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. The meeting was attended by about 25 people from the 10 countries of Southeast Europe, Germany and Cyprus. The seminar was co-hosted by the Center for the Study of Democracy that is based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Read more
This report of the seminar organised by Diogenis Association on 5-6 June 2014 focuses primarily on a discussion on innovative methods of cooperation between the police and social service agencies, aspiring to achieve evidence-based, successful, and effective prevention, especially of HIV and other infectious diseases among injecting drug-users, sex workers, and other vulnerable social groups. The report contains information about experiences of NGOs with the police in the countries of South Eastern Europe and concludes with recommendations on effective cooperation and joint programmes, as well as the development and implementation of best relevant practices in the South-Eastern European countries.
The Joint ministerial Forum of Ministers of Justice and Home affairs of the EU and the countries of the Western Balkans, adopted on 19-20 December 2013, in Budva, Montenegro a Joint Declaration on enhancing cooperation on drugs and renew the commitments of the EU-Western Balkans Action plan on drugs (2009-2013). The Action plan on Drugs between the EU and the countries in the Western Balkans has been adopted during the Greek Presidency of the EU by the Council of the European Union in June 2003. The action plan aimed at creating a cohesive framework for cooperation between the EU, the candidate Member States and the Western Balkan States, to implement a number of EU programs on strengthening security and stability in the region. In June 2008, the European Council reaffirmed its full support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans. The European Commission and the member states agreed to update the Action plan and in July 2009 the Council approved the new Action Plan 2009-2013. Among others, this plan prioritised the participation of civil society in policy making and other activities especially in the field of Demand reduction.
The Association Diogenis, issued a volume containing reports of ten countries of the South East European Region on drug policy and drug legislation. The volume was published by the publishing house “Legal Library” in Athens. The country reports are published separately on this website. The volume has been issued in the framework of the Project “Drug Law Reform in South East Europe”
The reports per country describe the current National Strategy on Drugs, the national substantive criminal law, the national drug laws and institutions, Drug law enforcement in practice, sentencing levels and the prison situation, initiatives for drug law reform undertaken by the government(s) and/or parliament(s) in recent years and proposals and recommendations for further research and advocacy work.
The expert seminar on “Developments and trends in Drug Legislation in South East Europe” has been held in Thessaloniki, Greece on April 4th and 5th, 2013. The aim of the seminar was to exchange opinions, experiences and ideas among policy officials, civil servants, academic researchers, and non-governmental experts in the field of illicit drugs and evaluate recent initiatives on drug control legislation in South East Europe (SEE).
The seminar aimed also to substantiate concrete recommendations and to facilitate civil society participation in policy making at the national and regional level. Experts and researchers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia, as well as an expert from EMCDDA, participated at the expert seminar.The program of the seminar consisted of three sessions and of general discussion on developments trends in drug policy in South East Europe.
You can read the report, here.