In South East Europe, penalties for drug offences remain high, although some efforts are being made to reduce penalties for drug use and possession. More recently however, governments have responded to increasing levels of NPS use with strong law enforcement efforts. In parallel, the economic crisis has had a devastating effect on the availability of harm reduction programmes.
The Working Group of the South East European NGO Network will meet to discuss further consolidation of the Network, its formal structure and the action plan for 2010-2011. The meeting will be followed by a seminar co-organised by IDPC, which will focus on harm reduction, civil society engagement with national governments and NGO work with Roma communities.
This magazine features interviews with police officers from South East Europe and Eurasia who express their views on their countries’ law enforcement strategies, which often focus on arresting drug users for possession of small amounts of illegal drugs.
NGO Veza organised a study visit to Slovenia from 11th to 14th April 2010 for 22 representatives of institutions and civil society organisations working with drug users in Serbia. The main goal of this study visit was to enable participants to learn about the treatment and harm reduction services…
Brett Davidson (Open Society Institute’s Public Health Programme, Cape Town) interviewed István Gábor Takács, from the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU). István has produced more than 200 short advocacy videos as part of HCLU’s successful video advocacy programme.
On the 19th and 20th March, 2010, the Andreas Papandreou Foundation (APF) and IDPC co-hosted the first informal policy dialogue for the South East European region. A report from the meeting's discussions is now available online.
The EMCDDA’s 10th scientific monograph, entitled Harm reduction: evidence, impacts and challenges provides a comprehensive overview of the harm reduction field. The core audience of the monograph comprises policymakers, healthcare professionals working with drug users, as well as the wider…
On the 19-20 March 2010, APF and IDPC co-hosted the first informal policy dialogue for the South East European region. The dialogue was attended by NGO presentatives and policy makers from 8 countries in the region.
In 2005, the 27 member states of the European Union agreed a drug strategy that runs from 2005 to 2012, with a mid-term review of progress in 2008. This advocacy note gives the IDPC perspective on this progress review, and makes recommendations for the action plan for the remaining 4 years of the…
There have been two primary sources of information for the evaluation of progress against the set of objectives and actions listed in the action plan - the latest Annual Report of the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction..
The European Commission has circulated a draft of the next action plan to member states for their comments This document is due to be debated by member states' representatives at two meetings of the Horizontal Working Group on Drugs (HDG) held, respectively, on 29 September, and 13/14 October 2008.