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The current drugs situation in the EU requires comprehensive and multisector responses across security, health and social policy covering the law enforcement, scientific, environmental, socio-political, technological and international dimensions of the issue. A people-centred and human rights-oriented approach are the cornerstones of EU drugs policy.

EU coordination in the fight against drugs

EU Drugs Strategy 2021-2025

In the context of the EU Security Union Strategy, the Commission adopted the EU Agenda and Action Plan on Drugs 2021-2025 to set out the Commission’s priorities for action in the field of drugs. Based on this document, the Council of the EU approved the EU Drugs Strategy 2021-2025.

The Strategy aims to:

  • protect and improve the well-being of society and of the individual
  • protect and promote public health
  • offer a high level of security and well-being for the general public
  • increase health literacy.

The Strategy takes an evidence-based, integrated, balanced and multidisciplinary approach to the drugs phenomenon at national, EU and international level. It also incorporates a gender equality and health equity perspective.

The Strategy is structured around three policy areas that will contribute to achieving its aim, and three cross-cutting themes in support of the policy areas. Altogether, the Strategy encompasses 11 strategic priorities.

The three policy areas and corresponding strategic priorities are:

The three cross-cutting themes and corresponding strategic priorities are:

The EU Drugs Strategy is accompanied by an Action Plan covering concrete operational steps and activities.

Rules on new psychoactive substances (NPS)

EU Agencies and initiatives working in the field of drugs

Civil society involvement

Civil society, in particular non-governmental organisations (NGOs), is an important partner in the implementation of EU drugs policy. The Commission has set up an Expert Group - the Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSFD), which supports policy formulation and implementation through practical advice.

EU financial programmes for drug-related projects

International cooperation

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