Joint press conference by Cecilia Malmström, Rob Wainwright and Wolfgang Götz on the findings of the first joint EU drug markets report, produced by the EMCDDA and Europol
Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, and Wolfgang Götz, Director of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), gave a joint press conference on the first joint EU drug markets report, produced by the EMCDDA, on one part, and Europol, on the other part. The two EU agencies joined forces to provide the first strategic analysis of the European illicit drug market in its entirety. In the report, they describe a market which is increasingly dynamic, innovative and quick to react to challenges and one which requires an equally dynamic, innovative and agile response across Europe. The report unveils the ‘changing face of organised crime in Europe’: while, historically, the EU drug market has focused on specific drugs trafficked by specialised operators along well-defined routes, the contemporary market is more ‘fluid’, with new routes and multi-substance consignments becoming more common.