Participants concluded that coordinated actions at both national and international level were important for tackling drug abuse and ultimately creating a safer and healthier society in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The aim of the conference was to discuss drug problems in Bosnia and Herzegovina related to demand and supply reduction, gathering relevant actors pertaining to both areas.

Head of the Rule of Law Section with the EU Delegation to BiH Richard Wood reminded that drug markets remained the largest criminal markets in the EU, as more than a third of criminal groups active in the Union are involved in the production, trafficking or distribution of various types of narcotics.

Wood emphasized the need to address these threats with a clear plan of action through international cooperation at the national, regional and international levels, centered on a comprehensive counternarcotic strategy.

One of the EU’s priorities in this field is to make sure that the Union’s support focuses on capacity building on both supply and demand reduction and evidence-based, effective and balanced drug policies - through strengthened cooperation, including sharing of the best EU practices and participation, where appropriate, in EU agencies, such as the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), Europol and Eurojust.

In this regard, Wood once again called upon authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to do their part in order to swiftly sign an agreement with Eurojust and to appoint a National Contact Point for cooperation with Europol.

On the drug demand side, the conference focused on prevention, treatment and support of drug addicts. The discussion focused in particular on the absence of long lasting recovery plans based on individual needs, which could only be implemented through better coordination among all institutions involved.

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