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.

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and 6th World Forum Against Drugs

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Conference materials

Kevin Sabet, PhD, Director, Drug Policy Institute, University of Florida, President, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), USA
Speech at the WFAD /ECAD 25th Mayors Conference, Gothenburg, May 15, 2018 (Video 5min.)

Supply reduction in Peril?  A lot of the worlds`s drug supply emanates from a war-torn Columbia.
Dr. Michael Jonsson, FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency

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In Columbia, a peace deal has been struck, which gives hope for a closure of insurgency and violence. (PDF)

Thomas Pietschmann, Dr, Drug Research Section, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs
The International drug control system, global/regional and national drug patterns and trends, and supply reduction efforts at the international level (PDF)


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Annual Mayors` Conference and the 6th World Forum Against Drugs will take off on May 14-15 in Gothenburg this year.
This joint event will address a growing interest to the effective prevention practices, full recovery and alternatives to incarceration and to life-long dependency on drug treatment.
The conference will create a room for elaborating a practical guide to how a recovery city will look like, this will be grounded on the recent evidence-based research.
Sheffield Hallam University (UK), Ghent University (Belgium) and the City of Gothenburg have already started working on this guide in practice.

In order to find out more and to register please visit a joint webpage here.

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ECAD 24th Mayors` Conference materials

On June 12-13, the city of Kaunas hosted ECAD 24th Annual Mayors`s Conference 2017

Safe Cities Without Drugs. Preventing, Protecting, Policing

Key-note speakers:

David W. Spencer, Field intelligence Manager, Drug Enforcement Agency, European Region

Supply reduction and dismantling drug trafficking organizations: In what ways can local communities benefit (PDF)

Kim Nilvall, Swedish National Bureau of Investigation, Intelligence section, Organized crime

Police work in socially disadvantaged areas in Sweden: Impact of drugs on urban crime (PDF)

 Torsten Stodiek, Deputy Head, Strategic Police Matters Unit, Community Policing Advisor, Transnational Threats Department, OSCE

Preventing terrorism and countering violent extremism and radicalisation that lead to terrorism:

A community and intelligence led policing approach (PDF)

Jon Sigfusson, Director for Icelandic Centre of Social Research and Analysis, Reykjavik University, ICSRA

Youth in Europe and Planet Youth (PDF)

Laimonas Vasiliauskas, Senior Specialist, Serious and Organized Crime Department, EUROPOL

European Illicit Drug Market (PDF)

 Antonio Boscini, Health Director, San Patrignano Community, Rimini, Italy

Recovery and social reinsertion: San Patrignano Community model extended (PDF)

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 Conference Booking Form

@ Rokas Tenys, the Kaunas Castle

Kaunas Castle
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Warm welcome to Kaunas, Lithuania!

ECAD is working on the programme for the annual Mayors`conference in Varna, Bulgraria, May 12-14, 2011
Read more: Programme Highlights for Mayors` Conference 2011and we are glad to present the Programme Highlights already! 

Programme Highlights (pdf-file

You are welcome to join Youth in Europe seminar "Local Plans and Initiatives" on May 11th. Read more about it here.

Welcome to Varna!

It is time to book for ECAD Mayor`s Conference in Varna, May 12-14, 2011 !Read more: Book for Mayors`Conference in Varna!

Conference Invitation and General information

Conference Venue: Hotel Iberostrar Obzor Beach and Izgrev, Golden Sands
Have a look at the Conference Venue here.

You book your accomodation and register for the conference by e-mail to :This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Don`t forget to mention that your booking is for ECAD conference in all communication with the agency. Please be sure to inform on your arrival and departure. All guests will be met at the airport and transferred to and from the conference hotel on their arrival and departure.

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Youth in Europe Seminar to exchange ideas and plans related to drug prevention
Local Prevention Plans and Initiatives
All ECAD cities and other interested parties as well as those who take part in Youth in Europe project are welcome to participate in a special open seminar on May 11,  from 14.00 to 17.00. Hotel Iberostar Obzor Beach and Izgrev, Golden Sands.
Please read more about this event here.

Conference related inquiries can be sent to:
Ivan Popov, Senior Expert at Varna Municipality, + 359 52 620402 or
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Please note the deadline for hotel booking and registration: April 20th.

Norwegian ECAD city network organize one-day event Experiences on cannabis, annual conference  "Ut av tåka 2011" on February 15, 2011. It will cover actual debates on experiences in cannabis prevention and treatment in several Norwegian cities.

Read more about this under Conferences in the menu to the left.

Conference programme can be dowloaded here.

 Welcome to Kristiansand!

ECAD is pleased to announce the date of the next Mayors Conference: 12 - 14 of May 2011.
Read more: First Announcement - Welcome to Varna in 2011!
Varna municipality will host the next Annual Mayors Conference, this time in Bulgaria. Varna is one of the most active and eldest cities in ECAD network, proud to share with you its prevention and treatment work experiences and a rich historical past.

Please read the First announcement for the conference and book the date in your calendar.

More information and detailed programme will be published early in spring 2011.




17th ECAD Mayors' Conference in Malta: September 23-25, 2010
The conference was moved from April 22-24 to September 23-25 due to the traffic chaos caused by the volcanic eruption in Iceland.
Venue: Island of Gozo, Hotel Kempinski San Lawrenz

"The issue of maintaining restrictive and humane drug policies, both nationally and internationally, must remain on top of the political agenda, especially in times when our societies face tough financial challenges. Our task – creating a future without drugs for the citizens of our cities – is one of the crucial ones for democracy and well-being of our societies."
 Jörgen Svidén, ECAD Director.

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First Announcement

Read Programme (PDF, easy to print out)

Read Programme in Russian (PDF)

Read Press Release ECAD AWARD 2010