Extracts from the common press conference by Cecilia Malmström, Rob Wainwright and Wolfgang Götz on EU drug market - new strategic analysis
Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, held a common press conference with Wolfgang Götz, Director of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), and Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, on 31 January 2013 in Brussels, on the first joint EU drug markets report from the EMCDDA and Europol.
According to the report, Europe is entering an important new era in the supply and demand for illicit drugs, a development which is challenging current policies and responses. The report describes 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. PHOTOSHOTLISTLINKLINK