Press Release: Health Security Workshop looks at improving preparedness for mass casualties from the deliberate release of opioids

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Agenda: Customs Union Working Party (29 January 2020)

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Press Release: Cocaine caravans immobilised: 12 arrests in big bust against drug traffickers in the Canary Islands

A large-scale drug trafficking organisation linked to Colombian and Peruvian cartels was dismantled in Spain and Colombia in an international law enforcement operation. Europol supported the two-year-long investigation, led by the Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) in close collaboration with the National Police of Colombia and the US DEA.

EU Organised Threat Assessment 2009 (OCTA)

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Press Release: EMCDDA and CICAD give seal of approval on latest joint work programme activities

EMCDDA Director Alexis Goosdeel is in Washington today where he will meet Ambassador Adam Namm, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD). The purpose of the visit is to discuss ongoing EMCDDA–CICAD cooperation and review the topics to be addressed under the joint work programme (2020–2024). Respectively, the two organisations lead the regional drug information systems of Europe and the Americas and, in so doing, make a valuable contribution to evidence-based information on drugs at global level.

Press Release: 48 arrests and 6 organised crime groups dismantled in medicine-trafficking operation

Europol supported a pan-European operation targeting the illicit online and offline trafficking of misused and counterfeit medicines. The operation was led by Finnish Customs (Tulli) and the Central office against environmental and public health crime  of the French National Gendarmerie (Gendarmerie Nationale, Office central de lutte contre les atteintes à l’environnement et à la santé publique) and involved law enforcement authorities from 11* EU Member States, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). The operation took place between 15 and 18 October 2019, the results of which can only be released now for operational reasons.

Press Release: Over EUR 2.8 billion worth of drugs in Eurojust-supported cases in 2019

With the support of Eurojust, EU Member States last year tackled illicit drug trafficking worth over EUR 2.8 billion. Approximately EUR 2 billion in criminal assets were frozen and over a thousand weapons, mobile phones, laptops and cars were seized. A total of 2 686 suspects were arrested or surrendered to other Member States, through action days, coordination meetings and other judicial support provided by Eurojust. These first operational achievements were presented today to European Commissioner for Justice Mr Didier Reynders by Eurojust President Mr Ladislav Hamran.

Press Release: Canada – edible cannabis products may now be sold in Canada

From 16 December 2019, edible cannabis products are permitted to be sold in Canada. These must comply with new regulations for edible, inhalable and topical products, designed to reduce the risk of accidental consumption or overconsumption. Edible products are not individually approved for sale, but the regulations instruct manufacturers to provide Health Canada with a written notice of the product – including class of product, description and expected date of offering for sale – then wait 60 days before sale, to give the authorities time to raise any concerns. As the new regulations came into force on 17 October 2019, the earliest date for the sale of edible cannabis products was therefore 16 December 2019. Herbal cannabis products and cannabis oils have been on sale in licensed shops in Canada since 17 October 2018.

Agenda: EP LIBE Committee Meeting (27 – 28 January 2020)

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Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU on the addition to the list of substances in Table I of the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary: Oral question – 3D-printed illicit objects (16 January 2020)

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Agenda: EU-CELAC Technical Committee (22 January 2020)

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Agenda: Horizontal Working Party on Drugs (21 – 22 January 2020)

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Official Journal (L Series): Decision of the Management Board of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drugs Addiction of 28 June 2019 on internal rules concerning restrictions of certain rights of data subjects in relation to processing of personal data in the framework of the functioning of the EMCDDA

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UPDATED – Agenda: EP ENVI Committee Meeting (2 & 3 December 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Customs Cooperation Working Party (17 January 2020)

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Final Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (13-16 January 2020)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP LIBE Committee – Mission to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), Lisbon (Portugal), 30-31 October 2019 (9 January 2020)

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Agenda: 2nd Meeting of the CETA Regulatory Cooperation Forum (3-4 February 2020, Ottawa)

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Mission Report for EP LIBE Committee following the delegation to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in Lisbon, Portugal, 30-31 October 2019

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Question for Oral Answer to the Commission: 3D‑printed illicit objects

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Agenda: EP LIBE Committee Meeting (9 January 2020)

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Agenda: Customs Union Working Party (10 January 2020)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – AOB: Fitness check on water and the REFIT check on urban waste water treatments (19 December 2019)

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