Representatives of the Justice Affairs Directorate of the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU will visit the EMCDDA on 4 February where they will meet the agency’s Director Alexis Goosdeel and staff. Discussions will focus on the EMCDDA’s long-term strategy (2025); priorities arising from the work programme 2016; key issues relating to the detection of new drugs via the EU Early Warning System and ongoing and future cooperation.
The visitors will include: Nathalie Pensaert (Director for Justice); Ralph Kaessner (Head of unit — Fundamental Rights, Data Protection and Drugs Policies); and Pawel Nalewajko and Jurga Valanciute (Political administrators).
The Horizontal Working Party on Drugs (HDG), the principal platform for information sharing and political decision-making on EU drug policy falls under the responsibility of the General Secretariat, as does the Internal Security Committee (COSI), which promotes and strengthens coordination between the EU Member States in the field of internal security. The EMCDDA provides regular insight and evidence-based information on the drug phenomenon to these two fora.