Moldova joins the EU-US Global Coalition to address synthetic drugs

Several studies show an alarming increase in the rates of traffic and use of synthetic drugs. The trends are global, which is why US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson initiated today the creation of an international community to boost counteraction – the Global Coalition to Address Synthetic Drugs Threat.

Minister of Internal Affairs, Ana Revenco, attended the first meeting of the Coalition, together with more than 240 participants, representatives of the relevant authorities from France, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Italy, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, and others.

Ana Revenco mentioned about the importance of the Republic of Moldova’s accession to the European early warning mechanism, which would allow the exchange of information between key actors directly or indirectly involved in the fight against drug use.

To achieve this objective, the Republic of Moldova will, in the first phase, improve the appropriate regulatory framework, including rules facilitating the connection of the Republic of Moldova to the European Early Warning System (EWS) for the gathering and exchange of information’ stressed Minister Revenco. ‘We must remain vigilant, report suspicious activity, and support initiatives aimed at eliminating synthetic drugs from our communities. By acting together, we are sending a strong message that we will not tolerate the harm caused by these substances in our community’ said the Minister of Internal Affairs.

Our country’s active contribution to the fight against drug trafficking and consumption is already appreciated at the European level, a fact noted by the Director of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Alexis Goosdeel, during a recent meeting with Ana Revenco.

On the other hand, our country’s accession to the European Early Warning System will ensure a continuous and qualitative process of reviewing the legal provisions regulating the list of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, and their precursors subject to state control.