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Maritime Analysis and Operation Centre–Narcotics (MAOC-N)

The Maritime Analysis and Operation Centre – Narcotics (MAOC-N) is an inter-governmental working group or taskforce comprising seven EU Member States: Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and the UK set up to tackle maritime drug smuggling in Europe.

MAOC-N–EMCDDA cooperation

The mission of MAOC-N is to enhance criminal intelligence and coordinate police action on the high seas, with a view to intercepting vessels carrying cocaine and cannabis. Naval and law-enforcement bodies (police, customs) participate in MAOC-N, although the latter will lead the operations. Therefore this relatively new institution, set up only in 2007, is an important partner for the EMCDDA in its work in the field of drug supply and supply reduction.

The first MAOC-N meeting organised in March 2007 was hosted by the EMCDDA. Since then, several high level and technical meetings took place in order to plan future cooperation and activities related to law enforcement. In the future, the EMCDDA will invite MAOC-N to take part in discussions on the revision of seizures data collection with Europol, as well as to collaborate with the development of the EMCDDA’s work in the field of supply reduction.

The organisations meet regularly at seminars and conferences organised by other international bodies, such as the WCO and Interpol.

Upon invitation of MAOC-N, and since September 2010, the EMCDDA participates as an observer in its Executive Board meetings.

Contact information



Phone: +351 218686111
Fax: +351 218686112
Email: gabinete.informacao@maoc.eu

About the EMCDDA

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) is the reference point on drugs and drug addiction information in Europe. Inaugurated in Lisbon in 1995, it is one of the EU's decentralised agencies. Read more >>

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Page last updated: Wednesday, 10 October 2012