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Drugnet Europe News from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction — October–December 2007

EMCDDA and Russian drugs service sign MoU

The European Union and the Russian Federation will be sharing information on drugs more systematically in future thanks to an accord signed on 26 October by the EMCDDA and the Federal Service of the Russian Federation for Narcotics Traffic and Control (FDCS).

EMCDDA Director Wolfgang Götz and FDCS Director Viktor Cherkesov at signing ceremony

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in the margins of the EU–Russia summit taking place in Mafra under the Portuguese Presidency of the EU. The signatories were EMCDDA Director Wolfgang Götz and FDCS Director Viktor Cherkesov. Present at the signing ceremony were: President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Portugal José Sócrates, President of the European Commission José Manuel Durão Barroso and EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana.

The new agreement will allow for an exchange of information and expertise in a number of areas, including: illicit drug use and trafficking in the EU Member States and the Russian Federation; new drug types and emerging drug use trends; technologies for the production of illicit drugs and newly emerging trafficking methods.

The MoU is the fruit of bilateral talks initiated in Lisbon in 2004 and of subsequent working sessions between the EMCDDA and FDCS in 2006. Among others, it foresees: developing or improving joint indicators to assess the drug situation; participation of FDCS experts in EMCDDA meetings and vice versa and mutual access to statistical information and exchange of scientific research results.

Commenting on the MoU, Wolfgang Götz said: 'The Russian Federation is the EU’s largest neighbour following the 2004 enlargement, and expansion of our common borders brings with it both common challenges and opportunities for cooperation. Among these challenges are drug use and its health consequences, drug trafficking and related illegal activities. We look forward with enthusiasm to close and collegial relations with the FDCS on the
broad range of issues which characterise our drug problems today'.

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