- Category: Mission Statement
- Published: 11 December 2013
The abuse of illegal drugs is a major problem all over Europe, in spite of the various actions that are being taken by the European Union, states and capitals, cities and municipalities to counteract the problems. The reality is that some organisations in Europe are actively advocating the legalisation of drugs. Such a policy undermines our European society and would lead to widespread health and social consequences.
Europe has for years become a centre for drug trafficking, distribution and consumption of drugs. The spread of drugs is a reality of life in Europe. Millions of individual persons, their families and relatives have their lives seriously impaired by drug experimentation and addiction. This situation leads to a huge increase in crime and to the quality of life of entire communities being destroyed. Society’s costs for illicit drugs are enormous.
There can be no other goal than a drug-free Europe. Such a goal is neither utopian, nor impossible. Too often decision- and policymakers seem to act according to what they think is possible to do, rather than what is necessary to do. The United Nations’ Conventions on illicit drugs are a guideline and a tool to reach this goal. All nations must pledge to adhere to the United Nations’ Conventions.
It is necessary to mobilise capitals, regional capitals, cities and municipalities all over Europe in order to exchange knowledge, good practice and experience in efforts to use existing resources as effectively as possible. We must strive to support and enhance information exchange and collaboration.
We recognize that we cannot all agree on everything, but all of us, as Signatories, must seek common ground and avoid getting sidetracked in ideological debates when there is so much vital work to be done. Ideological debates too often create unnecessary confusion and are too often misused to further policies which promote drug use. We support evaluating individual programs and policies on their own merit and we believe in a balanced and holistic approach.
(Amended May 12, 2011 in Varna)