EU drugs agency boosts cooperation with Georgian Ministry of Justice (05/11/2015)

The director of the EU drugs agency – the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) – and the Georgian Minister of Justice met in Tbilisi on 4 November to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to boost cooperation between the two bodies in monitoring the drugs problem and to facilitate the collection, processing and dissemination of information.

The accord includes steps to enhance the partners’ monitoring and knowledge base on the drug situation and responses to it. Special attention will be given to the regular exchange of information on the emergence and use of new psychotropic substances, as well as the technologies employed in their production.

The MoU provides for the exchange of technical expertise between the two institutions, and pooling of resources to launch joint programmes. The Ministry of Justice will present the EMCDDA an annual report on the drug situation in Georgia, while the agency will facilitate training and the exchange of experts.

 This is the fifth MoU to be signed with an EU Neighbourhood country: agreements already exist with Armenia, Israel, Moldova and Ukraine.

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