The European Commission embodies and upholds the general interests of the Union and is the driving force in the Union's institutional system. Its four main roles are to propose legislation to Parliament and the Council, to administer and implement Community policies, to enforce Community law (jointly with the Court of Justice) and to negotiate international agreements, mainly those relating to trade and cooperation.
Collaboration and cooperation between the EMCDDA and the European Commission include:
To facilitate the systematic and regular exchange of information between the Commission and the EMCDDA, officials from the respective organisations meet regularly in coordination meetings and exchange information daily on their areas of work. The Commission set up a Focal point at the DG Justice, which coordinates the Commission services working in the field of drugs. The EMCDDA has been granted observer status at the Inter-service group on drugs within the Directorate. The EMCDDA has also specific contacts with the following European Commission Directorates-General:
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