Launch of the 2nd edition of the report on the impact of EU drug markets on society: extracts from the common press conference by Dimitris Avramopoulos, Rob Wainwright, and Alexis Goosdeel

Type: Press conference - summary   Référence: I118934   Durée:  Lieu: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 5 April 2016, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member of the EC in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, and Alexis Goosdeel, Director of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), gave a press conference on the publication of the 2016 EU Drug Markets Report.


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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels 00:00:05
00:00:10 Arrival of Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member of the EC in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, and Alexis Goosdeel, Director of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) (2 shots) 00:00:10
00:00:20 SOUNDBITE by Dimitris Avramopoulos (in ENGLISH): Drugs damage our communities. They damage public health. They lead to violent crime. They corrupt officials. They distort economies. They can even destroy our environment. I am pleased that Europol and the Drugs Agency have joined forces to give a new state-of-the-art analysis of the European drug market. 00:00:32
00:00:52 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
00:00:57 SOUNDBITE by Dimitris Avramopoulos (in ENGLISH): The link between drugs and terrorism became painfully obvious in the Brussels attacks two weeks ago. Many of the terrorists involved had drug crimes on their CVs. They took a clear downward path in society from petty crimes to drugs, radicalisation to violent extremism and the murder of innocent people. 00:00:26
00:01:24 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
00:01:29 SOUNDBITE by Dimitris Avramopoulos (in ENGLISH): The EU's presence in international fora is key in promoting the European model of drugs policy, a model based on evidence on the reduction of harm, public health and human rights. The drug phenomenon must be treated comprehensively as a global multi-dimensional threat. 00:00:23
00:01:52 SOUNDBITE by Rob Wainwright (in ENGLISH): The illicit drug production and trafficking remains one of the most innovative, profitable, largest criminal markets in Europe and it is an important priority for all of us as we try to contain the effects of that on society. It is indeed a key threat to the internal security of the EU. 00:00:28
00:02:21 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
00:02:26 SOUNDBITE by Rob Wainwright (in ENGLISH): In relation to terrorism there are some links. We are concerned in Europol of what seems to be the emergence of a different kind of international terrorists these days typically with the profile of some who have grown up in the criminal underworld being engaged in low level criminalities including committing drug offences. 00:00:24
00:02:50 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:05
00:02:55 SOUNDBITE by Rob Wainwright (in ENGLISH): It is essential to this task as we try to contain the effects of the drug market that we increase the level of cooperation, of information exchange, the number of joint operations carried out against organised criminal groups, in particular on the European states because of the different manifestations as a European phenomenon but as a global one as well. 00:00:26
00:03:21 SOUNDBITE by Alexis Goosdeel (in ENGLISH): The report describes also four main different ways in which drug markets impact on societies. First through other kinds of criminal activities and terrorism even if it is more in an opportunistic way as was mentioned by Rob and I think it is important to put the highlight that there is no direct link or direct association. The second is the effect on legal businesses and the wider economy. The third is the growing corruption of the governments and institutions and finally the negative effects on the wider society. 00:00:37
00:03:58 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:05
00:04:03 SOUNDBITE by Alexis Goosdeel (in ENGLISH): The main goals of the drug market are basically the same like all markets; it is profit and power. Understanding this and especially the way it operates and the wider impact of drug markets on the society is critical if we are to reduce drug related hard. Knowledge is also essential for the development of new strategies for tackling crime and safeguarding the health, security and prosperity of our citizens. 00:00:27
00:04:30 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
00:04:35 SOUNDBITE by Alexis Goosdeel (in ENGLISH): Today we are facing competing priorities; terrorism until even in the heart of Europe but also Member States coping with mass migration, increased instability and conflicts in zones near the EU with a direct or potentially impact on the EU. Look at the last 3 years what happened in Ukraine, Syria but also more recently in Southern Caucasus or in the Sub-Saharan region. These factors create the perfect storm that threatens to undermine the successful drug policies in place in Europe and this is why this report is an important and timely reminder that we cannot and we will not lose the focus on the drug situation. 00:00:48
00:05:23 Departure of the Speakers 00:00:12
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