The involvement of civil society is one of the cornerstones of European drugs policy as presented in the Commission's Green Paper of 26 June 2006 on the role of civil society in drugs policy in the European Union.
The Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSF) is a broad platform for a structured dialogue between the Commission and the European civil society which supports policy formulation and implementation through practical advice.
The CSF, whose constituency changes every 2 or 3 years with the possibility of new candidates, has around 40 members, representing different stakeholders and different policy options. The members of the Forum have drug-related activities as the core focus of their agenda, covering different aspects (e.g. treatment, prevention, social reintegration...). Most of them are established in the form of transnational networks covering a number of eligible countries. Both the geographical balance and the balance between different areas of activities in the drugs field are ensured by the network.
The forum is chaired by the Commission, which finances and organises its meetings and ensures continuity of its work. A "core group" contributes to the preparation of documents, agendas of the meetings and animates discussions and coordinates the work of members, also in between the meetings. The work is divided between working groups; the present Forum has four working groups: on quality standards on drugs demand reduction, institutional relations with the EU and international structures, input in EU drug strategy and action plan and civil society engagement in national drug policies.
The CSF meets once a year, while the core group assembles several times a year.