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This EC-funded project is led by the Transnational Institute in collaboration with IDPC, Forum Droghe and Diogenis. It aims to strengthen European drug policy making by expanding the knowledge base and exchanging best practices on a number of key policy dilemmas related to demand reduction, drug use prevention and harm reduction strategies.
More specifically, the objectives of the project are to:
- Bring technical expertise into the policy debate to ensure that choices are evidence-based and outcomes pragmatic and constructive.
- Strengthen collaboration between authorities, public services and NGOs in the region and to facilitate civil society involvement in the implementation of the EU Drug Strategy and Action Plan.
The project runs from January 2013 until December 2014, and includes the organisation of expert seminars and informal drug policy dialogues that bring together experts from academia, governmental agencies, international organisations and NGOs to address some of the most challenging drug policy dilemmas on the European agenda. These include:
- The European stimulants market, the development of appropriate harm reduction strategies, and the development of policy responses to better manage new psychoactive substances.
- The changing landscape of EU drug policy making following the Lisbon treaty.
- Options to redefine the role of law enforcement in synergy with a health and harm reduction framework.
- The costs and benefits of existing and potential future cannabis regulation models.
The NADPI project is a continuation of an earlier EC-funded initiative by IDPC and TNI entitled 'Evaluation and Prospects of International Drug Control', which ran from 2010 until 2011.