Drugs action plan to reduce both demand and supply

The EU action plan against drugs adopts a multidisciplinary approach combining demand reduction, supply reduction and the fight against international drug traffickers. 

The Commission presented its Communication on the Drugs Action Plan for 2005-2008 in February 2005. The Council will endorse the action plan on 27 June 2005.

This action plan succeeds the EU drugs action plan 2000-2004 and is the first of the two plans which will implement the Council Drugs Strategy for 2004-2012. 

The action plan lays down a series of actions (more than 100) to reach a set of strategic aims in the EU’s fight against drugs. It gives a timetable for the measures to be implemented at EU level and defines the share of responsibilities between member states and the Commission. 

Further, to ensure proper evaluation of the implementation, the plan sets out precise assessment tools and indicators for the proposed actions.   

The EU has up to two million problem drug users and over 8,000 deaths caused by drug abuse every year. The use of drugs, particularly among young people, is at historically high levels. The incidence of HIV/AIDS among drug users is also causing increasing concern. 

The European Council adopted, in December 2004, the EU Drug Strategy (2005-2012) which sets the framework, objectives and priorities for the period 2005-2012. This strategy is part of the multiannual "Hague Programme" for strengthening freedom, security and justice in the EU from 2005 to 2012. 

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drugs Addiction (EMCDDA), has been based in Lisbon since 1993.

  • The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, established by the United Nations in 1987, took place on 26 June. 
  • The Commission has issued a communication on the results of the final evaluation of the EU Drugs Strategy and Action Plan 2000-2004.
  • The Commission will carry out an impact assessment of the 2005-2008 action plan in 2008 with view to proposing a second action plan for 2009-2012.
  • The final evaluation of the overall drugs strategy and action plans will be carried out by the Commission in 2012.

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