Components of COPOLAD
The four components of Copolad are:
1. Consolidation of the EU-Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) coordination and cooperation mechanism on drugs through policy support and dialogue
In the face of the global drug phenomenon it is crucial to set up a platform for EU and LAC national drug coordination bodies which are the principal actors in drugs policy-making, so that they can exchange experiences, good practices and information.
This reinforced cooperation between the national drug coordination bodies will be a key element for the consolidation of the Mechanism.
The platform will not only enable a direct dialogue on policy issues of common interest; it will permit to discuss the drugs problems from a point of view of global and balanced policy and shared responsibility. It will also boost the role of national drug coordination agencies and observatories in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and strategies.
2. Consolidation of the national drugs observatories
To be in the position to define and evaluate coherent policies, the national coordinating agencies need to access adequate, up-to-date and trustworthy information on the problems related to drugs as a whole. The information must also be compatible and comparable at the sub-regional, regional and international levels.
Since all Latin American countries are currently in the process of establishing their own national observatories it is finally possible to create an integrated system of drug information collecting comparable indicators on production, consumption, trafficking, associated crime, policies to reduce supply and demand, the diverting of chemical precursors and money-laundering.
3. Capacity-building in the reduction of demand
This component is focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and harm reduction related to consumption, as these aspects are an essential element of global drugs policies.
4. Capacity-building in the reduction of supply.
This component aims to coordinate with existing initiatives of LAC countries, other donors and related European Commission cooperation projects, in the areas of law enforcement and alternative development. The project takes into account lessons learned from existing initiatives which are relevant for national coordination agencies and observatories.