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The EU drugs agency, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, and Europol work in partnership with the European Commission and EU countries to support the implementation of EU drugs policy.
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) is Europe's reference point on drugs. It provides the EU and its Member States with a factual overview of European drug problems and a solid evidence base to support the drugs debate. The Agency offers policymakers the data they need for drawing up informed drug laws and strategies. It also helps professionals and practitioners working in the field pinpoint best practice and new areas of research.
At the heart of the agency's work is the promotion of scientific excellence. To provide sound and comparable information on drugs in Europe, the EMCDDA has developed the infrastructure and tools needed to collect country data in a harmonised way. These data are then fed by national drug monitoring centres (Reitox network) to the Lisbon agency for analysis, resulting in a variety of information products conveying the broader European picture.
Other agencies work in partnership with the European Commission, the EU countries and the EMCDDA to support EU drugs policy:
Europol is the European law enforcement organisation. It aims to improve cooperation of the competent authorities in the EU countries in preventing and combating terrorism, unlawful drug trafficking and other serious forms of international organised crime. Europol is a key EMCDDA partner within the early warning system on new drugs (EWS) and an integral part of the work on the scientific risk assessment of new substances .
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
The ECDC's mission is to identify, assess and communicate on current and emerging threats to human health from infectious diseases. Key areas of activity are providing scientific advice, strengthening Europe-wide disease surveillance and supporting preparedness and responses to disease outbreaks.
European Medicines Agency
EMA is the EU's decentralised body responsible for coordinating the existing scientific resources put at its disposal by EU countries for the evaluation, supervision and pharmacovigilance of medicinal products.
Together with the EMCDDA, EMA is one of the key partners within the early warning system on new drugs (EWS) and an integral part of the scientific risk assessment of new substances .
Eurojust is a judicial cooperation body which facilitates investigations and prosecutions of serious crimes, including drug trafficking, money laundering, computer crime, crime against property or public goods including fraud and corruption.
European Police College
CEPOL brings together senior police officers from police forces in Europe - essentially to support the development of a network. By organising training activities and research, it encourages cross-border cooperation in the fight against crime and, in maintaining public security, law and order.