EU institutions and agencies
The EMCDDA works closely with the European Union institutions and agencies. This active cooperation means that the Centre can provide constant assistance in defining a drug strategy by supplying the Member States and the Community with more reliable and comparable information. In return, the Centre’s contributions in the field of information on drugs is broadly disseminated at European level.
The EMCDDA coordinates and relies on a network of some 30 national monitoring centres (the Reitox network) to gather and analyse country data according to common data-collection standards and tools. The results of this national monitoring process are fed to the Centre for analysis and are ultimately released in the Annual report on the state of the drugs problem in Europe and many other outputs.
The EMCDDA collaborates with numerous international partners, often within the framework of formal cooperation agreements supplemented by practical joint work programmes. Cooperation ranges from the exchange of information and methodologies, via ad hoc technical collaboration on specific supranational projects, to close participation in the EMCDDA’s routine data collection activities. The overall objective of this cooperation is to develop a better understanding of the changing drugs phenomenon worldwide.
The EMCDDA cooperates with candidate and potential countries as part of their accession process to the EU, with neighbouring countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy and with other non-EU countries on the basis of bilateral agreements. Cooperation ranges from implementation of technical assistance projects to ad-hoc training or consultative support. The overall objective of this cooperation is to share the EMCDDA monitoring practices, guidelines, data collection tools, and to support the countries in setting-up their national drug information systems.