Illicit drugs are big business. They are one of the main profit-generating activities of organised crime and are estimated to represent around one-fifth of global crime proceeds. The negative impacts of illicit drug markets are multifaceted and far-reaching, which is why they remain a key threat to the security of the European Union and the safety of its citizens.
Next month, ahead of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS), two EU agencies — the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and Europol — will release their latest state-of-the-art report on the EU drug market, providing a detailed analysis of this important policy-relevant field.
The 2016 EU Drug Markets Report — In-depth Analysis will be launched at a press conference in Brussels on 5 April by Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship. The Commissioner will be joined by EMCDDA Director Alexis Goosdeel and Europol Director Rob Wainwright.
The report — with its companion Strategic Overview summarising key findings — combines the analytical power of the EMCDDA’s drug monitoring system with Europol’s operational intelligence on trends in organised crime.
The first part of the report explores the wide-ranging ramifications of the illicit drug market, including: its impact on the licit economy; links to other forms of criminal activity; corruption and the strain on governments. The drivers of change are also examined, providing a unique strategic and action-orientated analysis to inform policy development at EU and national level.
Individual chapters then focus on markets for: cannabis; heroin and other opioids; cocaine; amphetamine, methamphetamine and MDMA; and new psychoactive substances. The report ends with an overview of the main structures, policies and strategies in the EU for addressing drug supply reduction and highlights some of the operational actions undertaken by the EU, its Member States and international partners.
Launch date: Tuesday 5 April 2016
Time: 13:30 (Central European Time)
Press conference: European Commission, press room, Berlaymont, Brussels.
Contact: (Spokespersons’ service): Tove Ernst (32) 2 298 67 64; Markus Lammert (32) 2 298 04 23.
For the Report and Overview (English) and news release (EU languages), see: http://europa.eu/newsroom/index_en.htm (embargo 5.4.2016 at 13.00)
Experts at the EMCDDA and Europol will be available for interviews (see contacts below).
The first EU Drug Markets Report was published by the agencies in 2013.