GIUSTO CATANIA, MEP: EUROPEAN MONITORING CENTRE SHOWS THE FAILURE OF THE REPRESSIVE STRATEGY
"If in Europe the consumption of cocaine is increasing constantly, if 20 % of the population consumes cannabis, if the production and distribution of all substances has augmented and the price has severely diminished, we can but conclude that the repressive strategies on drugs that were elaborated in the past years in Europe have failed. It is necessary to change approach completely."
This is declared by Giusto Catania, member of the European Parliament for the United European Left and rapporteur on the EU Drugs Strategy 2005-2012, commenting the annual report of the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction that was presented in Brussels today.
"It is obvious that we need to insist on the change of UN Conventions: the data of the EMCDDA in Lisbon are indisputable and show in a clear way that the criminalisation of consumption does not help to reduce international drugs trafficking which continues to increase its profits"
"Prohibition has a criminal nature", continues Catania, "and probably the EMCDDA should have more courage to not only limit itself to presenting the data, but take a position that reveals itself, and claim the need to modify the European and the global strategy".
"During the past years, the European Commission and the Member States have chosen to ignore the resolutions of the European Parliament that were adopted in December 2004 and the effects of this approach are now visible for everyone."