Conservative candidate Ivan Duque has won Colombia’s presidential runoff election on 17 June 2018. Duque’s presidential agenda included next to the peace deal also narco-trafficking. Colombia’s production of cocaine has increased, and armed groups are fighting each other for control of routes once controlled by FARC. The cocaine kingpin, Edgar Valdez Villarreal, known as “La […]
The European Drug Report 2018, released on 7 June by the EMCDDA, mentioned that the purity of street cocaine across Europe is at its highest level in a decade and that the number of people seeking treatment for cocaine addiction has risen. Solution to fight illegal drugs can be country-specific, as the 3-year Mexico-Filipino cooperation […]
The European Drug Report 2018: Trends and Developments launched on 7 June in Brussels by Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and the Director of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) Alexis Goosdeel, offers a comprehensive view of the latest drug trends across Europe. • Cocaine: increased availability […]
The twelfth edition of the European Development Days was held in Brussels on 5 and 6 June 2018 and aimed to bring together the European Union’s commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The main thread of this edition, ‘Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: […]
On May 26, Guatemala’s National Civil Police announced the discovery and destruction of almost one hectare of coca, calling it ‘’the first-ever evidence of cocaine production in the country’’. The discovery may be a sign that drug trafficking groups are looking to cut risks and transport costs while expanding experiments growing drug crops in Central […]
This year the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has several opportunities to revisit, rethink and reinvigorate the fight against organised crime in the region. The organisation is poised to significantly boost its role as a regional framework for policy development and action on serious issues, among which various forms of illicit trafficking, including […]
The lunchtime conference titled “EU trans-regional responses to drug trafficking and organised crime” took place on 17 May 2018 organised in the margins of the fourth Cocaine Route Programme (CRP) Steering Committee. The event offered a comprehensive view on the combined efforts of different EU programmes in a concerted response of the EU to […]
In its efforts to support strengthening partner countries’ capacity to counter drug trafficking and organised crime, from 22 to 24 March, CRIMJUST delivered a specialized workshop in Bolivia aimed at supporting and enhancing the implementation of confiscation on assets from drug trafficking.
The Commission on Narcotics Drugs (CND), the responsible UN body providing guidance for the implementation of the international drug conventions, convened the week of 12 March for its 61st annual session in Vienna, bringing together policy makers and experts from UN Member States, international organisations and civil society.
The European Union and Portugal co-hosted a side event during the 61st session of the Commission on Narcotic drugs in Vienna, titled “European trans-regional responses to drug trafficking and organised crime”. The side event showcased the EU’s efforts in promoting a comprehensive, rights- and evidence-based capacity building model with partner countries in addressing the drugs problem. The Cocaine Route Programme (CRP) was part of the side event which included presentations on its ongoing components – namely AIRCOP, CRIMJUST, CORMS and SEACOP.