Office in International Fora
The international representation in the various bodies with responsibility in the fight against drugs and drug addiction, particularly following the preparation of international meetings, integrating the Portuguese representation in organizations and activities relating to this issue, as the result of the work of the various Working Groups Council of the European Union, the Council of Europe, the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction, the United Nations and other fora;
Council of the European Union
– Horizontal Drugs Group –
This working group of the council created in February 1997, aims to ensure multi-disciplinary coordination and Council action transpilar in the fight against drugs playing an important role in the definition and implementation of EU policies in this field.
It’s mandate covers a large number of issues, which are handled in accordance with the priorities of the Presidency. This mandate was expanded in 1999 to coordinate cooperation with third countries in the fight against drugs and in 2002, police cooperation against drug trafficking (with the extinction of the Drug Trafficking Group) meets monthly in Brussels, being the RTD ensure national representation, without prejudice to the participation or other national departments depending on the issues at hand.
Council of Europe
– Pompidou Group –
Portugal participates continuously in the General Meeting Parliamentary Council of Europe, notably in it’s Social Cohesion Committee. Within the Council of Euro, it’s been a Partial Agreement on Cooperation in Fight Against Matters Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs, called Pompidou Group. The work program of the Pompidou Group, includes the following areas:
Research and Epidemiology, Prevention, Education and Training, Treatment, Rehabilitation and Social Aspects of Addiction, Legal Aspects, Penal, Regulatory and Control. The development of this Work Programme is designed annually, and takes the form of programs, seminars, and coordination meetings. The Portuguese representation is ensured by IDT, which coordinated the participation of several national services.
European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)
– The EMCDDA based in Lisbon –
Is one of 11 decentralized agencies and initiated functions at the end of 1995. The EMCDDA has been created in order to provide the Community and the Member States’ objective, reliable and comparable information at European level concerning drugs and drug addiction and their consequences. Portugal is represented on the Board of Directors and the EMCDDA Scientific Committee.
– Commission on Narcotic Drugs –
Build in 1946, is one of six technical committees of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and consists of representatives of 53 Member States (Portugal is a member up end up 2003).
Within the United Nations system, plays the role of agency director responsible for all matters concerning the fight against drugs, collaborates with the Economic and Social Council in supervising the application of the Conventions and International Agreements relating to narcotic drugs and substances psychotropic analyzes amendments to the international level to ensure control of the drug and may establish new international conventions and instruments.
You can also adopt, upon recommendation of WHO, decisions related to the substances that should be subject to international control. It should be noted the systematic participation of the RTD at the annual meetings of the CND and it’s intersessional work, being responsible for defining and coordinating the national delegation.
- International Commission for Drug Abuse Control (CICAD) – Commission established in 1984 by the Organization of the General Assembly of American States (OAS) is to promote and facilitate multilaterally cooperation between Member States in the field of drug control, combating trafficking, illicit production and consumption. It comprises 34 Member States and Portugal have observer status, attending the IDT in it’s work.
- Group of Dublin informal Group of consultation and coordination – set up in 1990 by the US initiative and formed by them, by the Fifteen and the Commission, Norway, Canada, Australia, and Japan. It covers the development of actions the resolution of problems caused by the production, trafficking and demand of illicit drugs in the various producing the transit regions. This Group has achieved great momentum through the Mini – Dublin Groups, which meet at the level of Ambassadors, for the exchange of information. The RTD participate in the biannual meetings.