An EU twinning project aimed at strengthening the Turkish Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (TUBIM), was successfully completed in February after a 24-month implementation period (1). Turkey’s main partner in the project was the Institute of Therapy Research (IFT) — which hosts the German national focal point (NFP) — with the Greek focal point participating as junior partner. Other short-term expertise and input was provided by the Czech, French and Polish NFPs. The project focused on five components (2).
As a national centre for drug monitoring, coordination and prevention, TUBIM’s capacity increased in many aspects, especially organisational structure. Thanks to the project: media awareness was raised; interest of universities in the field was enhanced; TUBIM’s capacity for conducting and coordinating scientific studies, data collection and reporting increased; and experience during joint activities with EU experts in prevention and treatment was shared.
(1) The EU twinning programme, launched in 1998, aims to help countries develop modern and efficient administrations needed to implement the EU acquis.
(2) See list at the project website.
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