From 1-2 November 2012 a meeting took place in Thessaloniki, Greece with the researches who have cooperated with the Drug Law Reform Project and have written a country-profile report. The country reports are an overview of the drug strategies and actions plans, the drug legislation in the SEE countries and of the opinions of stakeholders (responsible authorities, agencies, institutions and non-governmental organizations working in the areas of prevention, treatment and social (re) integration and in the area of law enforcement) concerning shortcomings of the current policy and future prospects.
Researchers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia wrote the reports. The reports for the countries of South East Europe were the main topic on the agenda. The researchers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Romania were not able to attend the meeting.
The report reflects the discussions that have taken place on the two main items on the agenda:
1.The Drug Law Reform Project, comparative research, and answers
2.The Drug Law Reform Project and future plans. The meeting started with an introduction to the program and a presentation of the participants.
This session was followed by the discussion of the paper “Drug Law Reform Project; Comparative Research and answers”. This paper was based on the first comparative study of the country reports, focusing on five thematic areas.
1. National strategy on Drugs;
2. National substantive criminal law;
3. National drug laws and institutions;
4. Drug law enforcement in practice;
5. Sentencing levels and the prison situation.
For each area, comparative conclusions and comments were presented and discussed with the participants.
The last session of the meeting included an open discussion on the paper “Drug Law Reform Project – The way forward”. The paper referred to the proposals and recommendations of the relevant departments, institutions, agencies, and the NGOs, mentioned in the country reports, and to suggestions for the further development of the program. Delegates suggested continuing the program and made proposals for future activities.
You can read the final report here.