FINAL REPORT ON THE INVESTIGATION DRUGS AND DIPLOMACY
Please find herewith the final report of a research on the participation of associations representing drug users in the design and implementation of policies that directly affect their lives: drug policies.
Concretely the research has looked into the way this participation takes place on a local level (in the Drug Plans of the Autonomous Community of Euskadi – Basque Country, Spain) and on a European level (the European Union Drug Action Plans).
The research was carried out between October 2008 and January 2009, by the European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies (ENCOD), in collaboration with various of its members in the Basque Country (Ganjazz, Ekimen 2000 and Iker Giraldo Cuadrado), and in the rest of Spain: FAC and FAUDAS. We wish to express our gratitude to all drug users, representatives of drug user organizations, health workers and experts who gave their time and energy to this research.
The recommendations of this report have already been offered to the Basque Government, in a meeting on 11 February, and to the authorities of the European Union, during the last Civil Society Forum on 3 and 4 March.
We hope you will find this report interesting and that it will be useful to improve the dialogue between authorities and drug users, and that this dialogue will lead to more effective and just drug policies.
Thanks very much for leaving your comments here.
On behalf of Encod,
Virginia Montañes Sánchez, President