Meeting of the National Drug Planning and Coordination Committee

The first meeting of the National Drug Planning and Coordination Committee for 2018 was held yesterday, Monday 22/1/2018. The meeting was attended by: the Minister of Health, the Deputy Secretary General, representatives of the Ministries of Labor, Education, Justice, Home Affairs, KETHEA, OKANA, 18ANO, the Department of Addictions of the Ministry of Health, the Fiscal Criminal Investigative Corps, the Greek Police and the Coast Guard.

The competence of this Committee, as described in Article 50 of Law 4139/2013, is to draw up the National Action Plan on Drugs, to design and develop the country’s international co-operation, to coordinate and promote the necessary measures, actions by the competent Ministries in the framework of the National Action Plan, as well as the monitoring of their implementation.

The Committee has set as a key priority the issue of the institutional framework for the licensing, operation and control of private centers operating in the field of dependencies, based on the recent findings of the Health and Welfare Services Inspectors’ Corps.

The Minister of Health, Mr. Andreas Xanthos, stated as the main objective of the ministry the remodeling and the modernization of the institutional framework governing the field of dependencies (L.4139.2013).

Finally, the National Coordinator for Drugs, Dr. Christina Papoutsopoulou-Diamantopoulou stressed that “the Commission will work on the priorities set by the Minister. The aim of the Committee is to draw up a national strategy and national action plan”

For more information, read the Relevant Press Release (in Greek) published today by the Press Office of the Ministry of Health