Where: Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: European Commission
Presentation of first joint EU drug markets report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and Europol. The analysis offered by the report is unique, combining insights from the EMCDDA’s monitoring and data analysis of Europe’s drug phenomenon in the global context with Europol’s operational understanding of trends in organised crime.
In the report, they describe a market which is increasingly dynamic, innovative and quick to react to challenges and one which requires an equally dynamic, innovative and agile response across Europe. The report unveils the ‘changing face of organised crime in Europe’: while, historically, the EU drug market has focused on specific drugs trafficked by specialised operators along well-defined routes, the contemporary market is more ‘fluid’, with new routes and multi-substance consignments becoming more common.
Also detailed in the report is Europe’s role as a key global source of the precursor chemical used to manufacture heroin and as an important player in the packaging, marketing and promotion of products containing new psychoactive substances. According to its findings, globalisation is an important driver of developments, with more countries now used as transit, storage or production points. Furthermore, the Internet is having a profound impact, both as communication tool and online marketplace.
The EU dug market report is the result of cooperation between Europol and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). For the first time, it provides to the law enforcement community, policymakers, the academic sphere and public at large a comprehensive picture of all illegal drug markets at EU level.
Joint press conference in the Berlaymont pressroom with EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, Europol Director Rob Wainwright and Wolfgang Götz, Director of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (time to be confirmed).
IP and MEMO will be available on the day.