Preparations for the 22nd ECAD Mayors Conference hosted by Swieqi Local Council, Malta are in the full swing. Save May 10-12, 2015 for professional networking in Malta!
Conference programme is being set up at the moment and ECAD will continuously update you on the latest details.

The Grand Hotel Excelsior, a 5-star hotel in Valetta is the Conference Venue. The hotel is situated in the capital of Malta, the city of Valetta which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It can boast with magnificent accomodation, breathtaking views of Marsamxett harbour and Manoel Island and also allows for easy travel to all parts of the Maltese islands.

 Programme Highlights (PDF)

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 Hotel Booking Form (Word)

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ECAD has been Europe's leading network organization of cities countering drug abuse for more than 20 years. We offer lectures in drug policy debate, with particular emphasis on cannabis, drug trafficking, and the societal effects of drug crime.  

To hire ECAD for a lecture, please get in touch directly with our Secretary General, Erik Leijonmarck: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
In February the EMCDDA published its 2015 annual work programme, which sets out the objectives for the final year of the agency’s 2013–15 strategy (1) and promises to build a solid bridge between current priorities and those defined for the next three years (2016–18).

Among the new features in 2015 will be the transformation in the way in which the agency presents statistics online. Changes will include: a clearer distinction between data and analysis; improved documentation of methods; and a better web interface. This will be one of the highlights of the 2015 European Drug Report package (June), for which delivery on the web will remain a central theme.

In the course of the year, the agency will publish four in-depth reviews in its Insights series on: psychiatric comorbidities; hepatitis C treatment; wastewater analysis; and the Internet and drug markets. A review on the drug policies of large cities will also be produced, as well as a joint EMCDDA–Europol threat assessment on methamphetamine. Evidence-based decision making will continue to be supported by the recently revamped Best practice portal.

To read the Annual Work Programme for 2015 in its entirety, click here.
How many new drugs were detected in Europe over the last year? Is cannabis getting stronger? How many Europeans have ever used an illicit drug? What are the latest drug policy developments in the region? These are just some of the questions explored in the European Drug Report: Trends and developments. This report provides a top-level overview of the long-term drug-related trends and developments at European level, while homing in on emerging problems in specific countries. Such a perspective is valuable, as it allows differing national experiences to be understood within the broader European context.

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) presents its annual overview of the European drug situation on 27 May in a multilingual, multimedia information package focusing on today’s rapidly shifting drug phenomenon.  In its annual review of the drugs problem, the EMCDDA again describes an overall stable situation, with some positive signs in relation to the more established drugs. But this is counter-balanced by new threats posed by synthetic drugs, including stimulants, new psychoactive substances and medicinal products, all of which are becoming more prominent in a changing European drug market.

European Drug Report 2014: Trends and developments

European Drug Report
ECAD recently attended the 58th session of the Commision on Narcotic Drugs (CND), at which Dr. Lochan Naidoo, President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) made a speech on behalf of the Special segment on preparations for the special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem (UNGASS) to be held in 2016.

As preparations for UNGASS are underway, it's time to think about topics related to the objectives of drug control: health and welfare, availability of internationally controlled substances for medical purposes, socioeconomic factors, decriminalisation, respect for human rights, and the role of enforcement.  All of these are covered in Dr. Naidoo's statement.

"UNGASS provides an opportunity to re-think what we have been doing over the last 50 years. The world has changed, and world drug policy has also evolved. But have the objectives of the drug treaties, which are to ensure the health and welfare of our populations, really become outdated?" 


ECAD's activities from year to year culminate in the annual ECAD Mayors Conference, hosted by a distinct ECAD member city every summer. Councillors and other politicians and policymakers convene with academics and civil society organizations to participate in seminars and study visits, discussing the latest developments in drug prevention efforts throughout Europe.

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and 6th World Forum Against Drugs

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Conference materials

Kevin Sabet, PhD, Director, Drug Policy Institute, University of Florida, President, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), USA
Speech at the WFAD /ECAD 25th Mayors Conference, Gothenburg, May 15, 2018 (Video 5min.)

Supply reduction in Peril?  A lot of the worlds`s drug supply emanates from a war-torn Columbia.
Dr. Michael Jonsson, FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency

Text to the slides (PDF)
In Columbia, a peace deal has been struck, which gives hope for a closure of insurgency and violence. (PDF)

Thomas Pietschmann, Dr, Drug Research Section, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs
The International drug control system, global/regional and national drug patterns and trends, and supply reduction efforts at the international level (PDF)


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Annual Mayors` Conference and the 6th World Forum Against Drugs will take off on May 14-15 in Gothenburg this year.
This joint event will address a growing interest to the effective prevention practices, full recovery and alternatives to incarceration and to life-long dependency on drug treatment.
The conference will create a room for elaborating a practical guide to how a recovery city will look like, this will be grounded on the recent evidence-based research.
Sheffield Hallam University (UK), Ghent University (Belgium) and the City of Gothenburg have already started working on this guide in practice.

In order to find out more and to register please visit a joint webpage here.

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ECAD 24th Mayors` Conference materials

On June 12-13, the city of Kaunas hosted ECAD 24th Annual Mayors`s Conference 2017

Safe Cities Without Drugs. Preventing, Protecting, Policing

Key-note speakers:

David W. Spencer, Field intelligence Manager, Drug Enforcement Agency, European Region

Supply reduction and dismantling drug trafficking organizations: In what ways can local communities benefit (PDF)

Kim Nilvall, Swedish National Bureau of Investigation, Intelligence section, Organized crime

Police work in socially disadvantaged areas in Sweden: Impact of drugs on urban crime (PDF)

 Torsten Stodiek, Deputy Head, Strategic Police Matters Unit, Community Policing Advisor, Transnational Threats Department, OSCE

Preventing terrorism and countering violent extremism and radicalisation that lead to terrorism:

A community and intelligence led policing approach (PDF)

Jon Sigfusson, Director for Icelandic Centre of Social Research and Analysis, Reykjavik University, ICSRA

Youth in Europe and Planet Youth (PDF)

Laimonas Vasiliauskas, Senior Specialist, Serious and Organized Crime Department, EUROPOL

European Illicit Drug Market (PDF)

 Antonio Boscini, Health Director, San Patrignano Community, Rimini, Italy

Recovery and social reinsertion: San Patrignano Community model extended (PDF)

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Kaunas Castle
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Warm welcome to Kaunas, Lithuania!

Archives of ECAD's mailed newsletters from 2003 until 2013. To subscribe to ECAD's new email-based newsletter, click here.
Official ECAD mission statements in six different European languages.
The ECAD Resolution, crafted at a conference to increase cooperation between cities, provides inspiration and hope for areas with particularly difficult drug problems. The signatories to the resolution will affirm their decision to fight against the spread of drugs.