EMCDDA's work with neighbouring countries and Russia

The EMCDDA has been cooperating with countries in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) area and Russia for many years. It is currently managing the EU4Monitoring Drugs (EU4MD) project which will run from 2019 until the end of 2021 and will involve ENP countries.

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Introduction

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) aims to forge closer ties with countries to the South and East of the European Union (EU). This ENP framework is proposed to the EU's 16 closest neighbours – Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine. In March 2007 the Council of the EU agreed on the gradual participation of ENP partner countries in the work of EU agencies to encourage regulatory and administrative reform and to promote convergence of ENP partners’ policies with EU norms, standards and best practices.

Russia is the EU's largest neighbour, brought even closer by the EU’s 2004 and 2007 enlargements. A Strategic Partnership based on four Common Spaces is the framework for relations with Russia, which is not part of the ENP.

In this context, and in line with the EMCDDA strategy on international cooperation with third countries adopted by the EMCDDA Management board in July 2009, the EMCDDA cooperates with ENP countries and Russia to exchange data and methodologies for monitoring the drug situation and organising joint training activities. In the long term, when bilateral agreements have been negotiated with the European Commission on behalf of the European Union, the countries will also be invited to participate in the work of the EMCDDA.

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