The International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) and the Government Delegation for the Spanish National Plan on Drugs with the collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina and the Secretary on Comprehensive Drugs Policies of Argentina (SEDRONAR), organised last week in Buenos Aires the 2nd Annual Conference: “Tackling two important challenges for drugs policy: Internet illegal drug markets & Synthetic drugs”.

This international meeting has become an unavoidable event for the policy makers from the EU (European Union) and CELAC (The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) to exchange information, as well as to strengthen coordination and stablish cooperation between countries from both regions, between them and with the multilateral organisations that operate in such regions.

The Conference was opened by Roberto Moro, Secretary of State, Secretary on Comprehensive Drugs Policies of Argentina (SEDRONAR) and Gastón Schulmeister, National Director, Security Regional and International Cooperation, Ministry of Security, in the name of Argentina, and Herman Mulafrom the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security of Malta, as the representatives of the countries who shared this year the Co-presidency of the EU-CELAC Coordination and Cooperation Mechanism on Drugs. Together with the Director of COPOLAD, Teresa Salvador-Llivina, and Martin Pouliot, Head of Commercial and Economic Sector of the EU Delegation to Argentina and Sofía Aragón, Deputy Director of Institutional Relations at the Spanish Government Delegation for the National Drug Plan (DGPNSD).

High representatives and competent authorities responsible for policies on drugs in both CELAC and EU countries have presented, during these days, several examples on how the effective responses to the challenges posed by the new virtual drug markets and synthetic drugs can be optimised. Delegations from all Latin American countries discuss the increasing use of Internet and other new market options for illegal drug selling: while Caribbean countries doubled its presence compared with 2016 edition held in The Hague, 15 European countries, along with 10 international organisations, also joined the dialogue with CELAC countries.

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