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.


 “Safe Cities Without Drugs. Preventing, Protecting, Policing”:

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On June 12-13, the city of Kaunas hosts ECAD Annual Mayors`s Conference 2017.

Please register before May 1, 2017 by filling in the Booking Form and returning it back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Best Western Santaka Hotel and The Kaunas Hotel are available for ECAD conference guests at a special negotiated price by May 1, 2017.

You book your accomodation yourself, contact your chosen hotel and state that yours is an ECAD booking.

It is very convenient to use both hotels` shuttle service offer to get to Kaunas if you arrive at Vilnius airport. The proximity between these 2 cities is around 100 km. The shuttle service costs 80 € and you will receive this offer when your booking is received and approved by the hotel you choose.

Kaunas in summer is a wonderful place to be, the old city is often called a "Paris in a miniature" and the city has been announced as the European capital of culture.
Use this opportunity to get to know more about Kaunas and the ways of preventing, protecting and policing safe cities this June!

Conference Booking Form

@ Rokas Tenys, the Kaunas Castle

Kaunas Castle
Picture: @Rokas Tenys

Warm welcome to Kaunas, Lithuania!

ECAD are happy to announce the next Mayors` Conference:

Together we stand stronger. International experience in tackling drug abuse,

hosted by the city of Moscow, Russia, May 13-15, 2013.
Conference Venue: Moscow Government House, 36/9 Novy Arbat Street

Conference language is English (simultaneous translation to/from Russian will be provided).

Read Invitation to the Conference
from Mayor Sergey Sobyanin (below) and pay attention to visa and conference registration details.

We and our Russian partners will support you all the way to make your conference attendence as smooth and pleasant as possible. We will be shortly publishing Conference Booking Form and a selection of hotels for you.

Download your 
Moscow Conference Programme (PDF) here

ECAD has received lots of positive feedback recently from those who participated in our annual Mayors` Conference in Killarney.

Therefore we would like to share the most interestiRead more: XIX Mayors` Conference Materialsng conference materials with you. Please check the speeches we have published so far under Conference Papers in the Menu to the left.

ECAD Lifetime Achievement Award issued for the first time was given to His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland. President of Iceland, Patron of pan-European Drug Prevention Programme Youth in Europe, has since many years been committed to the fight against drugs and to drug prevention. The impressive and successful development in Iceland regarding the decrease in drug abuse was not a coincidence, but a result of dedication and skills among the whole society—led by His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.

(Receiving the Award from ECAD Chaiman Cllr Jim Corr in the picture)

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19th ECAD Mayors' Conference in Killarney: May 9-12, 2012Read more: 19th ECAD Mayors´ Conference
Venue: Malton Hotel
The conference in Killarney had some140 participants from 58 cities in 18 countries.

Conference Programme (PDF)
Conference Speakers (PDF)

Minutes of ECAD Advisory Board in Killarney, May 9, 2012 (PDF)
Minutes of ECAD Plenary Session, May 10, 2012 (PDF)

Speeches and Presentations:


XIXth Mayors´ Conference in Killarney, co-hosted by the Swedish municipality of Staffanstorp, will be remembered by ECAD members with warmest gratitude and by all other conference participants hopefully as a great success.

His Excellency
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland and the Patron of pan-European drug prevention programme Youth in Europe honoured the conference with his presence and accepted ECAD Lifetime Achievement Award. His Excellency has since many years been committed to the fight against drugs and to drug prevention. 

President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson spoke bluntly about primary victims of the most profitable industry in the world, young people in each city, every day subject to killings by illicit drug industry  and its´ servants.
 ECAD Annual Award (2011) went to SanPatrignano Recovery Community in Italy, gracefully accepted by Monica Luppi (picture below), one of the excellent speakers at the conference. 

Conference Materials will be published on in the nearest days. Please return for updates!

Conference hosts and organizers with the President of Iceland. In the front row (sitting left to right):
Michael Sandin, Mayor of Staffanstorp,
ÓlafurRagnarGrímsson, President of Iceland, Sean Counihan, Mayor of Killarney and Jim Corr,  ECAD Chairman. 

Read more: XIXth ECAD Mayors´ Conference in Killarney

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Dear Conference participants,
we hope you have booked your flights and reserved hotel by now, as a very interesting programme awaits all who comes to the 19th Mayors´ Conference.
We have invited high-skilled professionals and researchers, a whole conference day will be devoted to cannabis discussions, you will enjoy beautiful surroundings and lots of genuine Irish music.

Download Conference Programme (PDF)