Madrid Summit: EU, Latin America and Caribbean agree to strengthen cooperation in the fight against drugs.
The government delegate for the Spanish national drugs plan, Carmen Moya
This Tuesday, the EU and the Latin American and Caribbean countries undertook to strengthen bi-regional cooperation policies in the fight against drugs in the Madrid Declaration, which for the first time includes the social rehabilitation of former users.
The declaration received the backing of all those taking part in the 12th High-Level Meeting of the European Union-Latin America and Caribbean Coordination and Cooperation Mechanism on Drugs, which has been held under the Spanish Presidency of the EU and co-chaired by Uruguay, the country in charge of coordinating the American states.
The government delegate for the Spanish national drugs plan, Carmen Moya, pointed out the importance of ‘the mutual cooperation which there must be on policies in the area of drugs, both to reduce supply and to reduce demand’.
In this regard, she emphasised the consensus reached by those taking part regarding the declaration’s 34 points, which include cooperation projects and initiatives and anti-money laundering measures.
‘It is a declaration which has tried to be brief, but which covers all the aspects which affect and concern both the EU and the Latin American and Caribbean countries,’ Ms Moya said.
‘In Europe, there is a trend which is beginning to be broken, above all with regard to cocaine, but new substances are also being talked about which are appearing on the European market,’ Ms Moya pointed out.
With regard to the Latin American countries, ‘they recognise that some of them could be drug-producing countries, but they also recognise that consumption is becoming more and more evident, which requires them to strengthen their polices for preventing drug use and not just for preventing drug trafficking’, she stated.
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