20 April 2016, New York – Intervention on behalf of the European Union at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS) Roundtable 2: Supply reduction and related measures; responses to drug-related crime; and countering money-laundering and promoting judicial cooperation (“drugs and crime), delivered by H.E. Ambassador Mr. Didier Lenoir, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the International Organisations in Vienna
Thank you, Mr. President, Executive Director, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
The EU Drugs Market Report released a few weeks ago indicates that the drug market remains one of the biggest criminal markets. This is a highly dynamic market, where multidrug trafficking takes place and new technologies play an important role. The European Union is a market of destination as well as an area for illicit production and transit of drugs to other destinations.
To have a more systematic response to countering serious and organised crime, including drug trafficking, European Union leaders established six years ago a new methodological instrument, the EU policy cycle for the fight against serious and organised crime. This instrument allows us to base cooperation on this cross-border crime phenomenon at EU level on the concept of intelligence-led policing and brings all the existing initiatives and all the EU Member States and bodies together. A strong emphasis is made on evaluation of the results achieved. The current policy cycle for the period 2014-2017 concentrates on cocaine, heroin and synthetic drug trafficking.
This instrument would not be possible without Europol – the European Union’s agency for law enforcement cooperation which supports its Member States in preventing and combating all forms of serious international and organised crime and terrorism. Europol’s analytical findings are translated into political priorities, strategic goals and operational action plans.
We are happy to see that the UNGASS outcome document outlines an extensive list of operational recommendations to tackle supply reduction.
We welcome that these recommendations include promoting preventive measures to address the vulnerabilities that drive, enable and perpetuate organised crime, and strengthening cooperation in criminal matters, including judicial cooperation in the areas of extradition, mutual legal assistance and transfer of proceedings as well as enhancing capacity to prevent and counter money-laundering. We also welcome the recommendation to focus on individuals and organisations responsible for illicit activities of a larger scale or more serious nature.
Also, we note with appreciation that extensive recommendations are listed for addressing drug trafficking links with organised crime, especially as concerns the financing of terrorism with drug money.
We sincerely hope that the implementation of these recommendations will prove to be an efficient measure in responding to this large-scale challenge and will make us less exposed to drugs.
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