Extracts from the common press conference by Cecilia Malmström, Rob Wainwright and Wolfgang Götz on EU drug market - new strategic analysis

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-076032   Duration: 10:02:25  Lieu:
End production: 31/01/2013   First transmission: 31/01/2013
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.

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10:00:05 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:03
10:00:08 SOUNDBITE by Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, (in ENGLISH) saying that the analysis offered by this report is unique; the report has drawn together an unparalleled amount of information about the structure and operation of European drug markets and placed this information within the broader context of an understanding of the drugs phenomenon; this new analysis allows to draw some very important conclusions which have clear implications for EU policies and actions; as the report shows, globalisation and technology have transformed the modern European drug market and we are now faced with new challenges in addressing a more innovative, joined up, and fast moving market. 00:00:35
10:00:43 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:03
10:00:46 SOUNDBITE by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH) saying that the introduction of mobile production units has increased the mobility of production; the low cost and short time required to set up a professional production unit, plus the use of timing devices, reduce the time required for the producer to be physically present during the production process; therefore, co-operation at EU level is crucial. 00:00:23
10:01:09 Cutaway 00:00:03
10:01:12 SOUNDBITE by Wolfgang Götz, Director of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), (in ENGLISH) saying that, on a positive note, the combination of vigorous demand and supplies actions has resulted in the decline of the heroin problem across Europe; this is a good rebuttal to those who say that current drug policies have no impact; but, stimulants, including cocaine and synthetic substances, are now more important players on the European drug scene; patterns of drug use have become more fluid, with consumers often using multiple substances or substituting one drug for another, depending on availability, price or perceived quality. 00:00:35
10:01:48 Cutaway 00:00:03
10:01:52 SOUNDBITE by Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, (in ENGLISH) saying that he is also concerned by the extent to which it generates such huge amounts of illicit income that it sustains a booming serious criminal market in Europe; it's the principal source of revenue for large sophisticated very dangerous organized crime syndicates in Europe that carry out a range of other activities as well contributing therefore to the overall harm on business, on governments, on citizens that organized crime is responsible for in Europe. 00:00:33
10:02:25 Speakers leaving the press room 00:00:07
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