CRIMJUST highlights the importance of strategic programming at the EU Expert Meeting on Drugs

11-12 September 2018 - The Expert Meeting on Drugs organized by the European Commission was held on 11 and 12 September 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

Recognizing the importance of cooperation in addressing a transnational threat such as drug trafficking, the meeting brought together Coordinators of relevant cooperation programmes working on drugs (with a particular focus on drug supply reduction), EU Agencies, as well as EU Member States' authorities to present the outlines of the mechanisms contributing to effectively address drug trafficking.

The aim of the meeting focused on the promotion of exchanging information, best practices and challenges regarding the activities carried out in the framework of the implementation of the drugs priority of the EU  Policy Cycle For Organised And Serious International Crime For The  Period 2018-202.

Under this context, several Programmes implemented by UNODC contributed to the thematic sessions. Under the umbrella of the Cocaine Route Programme (EU CRP), the Airport Communication Programme (AIRCOP) and Strengthening criminal investigation and criminal justice cooperation along the cocaine route in Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa (CRIMJUST Programme) delivered presentations regarding the concrete and tangible results at operational and strategic level, particularly based on aligned efforts towards addressing drug trafficking and related organized crime covering Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and The Middle East. 

Under the framework of the CRIMJUST project funded by EU Cocaine Route Programme, UNODC and its partners (INTERPOL and TI) aim to assist Member States to enhance their capacity and integrity of criminal justice institutions to detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate illicit cocaine trafficking cases, and to foster cooperation at the interregional level for effective action to tackle drug trafficking and related organized crime.

For more information:

-   European Union "Cocaine Route Programme"

-   Transparency International