An introductory meeting has been held between EU-ACT local team and newly established Drugs National Monitoring Centre (NMC) in Georgia.
The NMC has been set up in Georgia by the Decree of Minister of Justice in January and started to be operational from 1st of March, 2020. Two addictology specialists hired by the Interagency Council on Combatting Drug Abuse under the Ministry of Justice represent new members of the Research and Analysis Unit of the Drugs National Monitoring Centre.
EU-ACT Regional Coordinator and Local Expert have introduced the project, its objectives and already implemented activities in the country to their new partner institution. On the other hand, two specialists under the Research and Analysis Unit of the NMC, have shared information about ongoing research activities with the EMCDDA which they have started despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
The EU-ACT project implemented by FIIAPP and funded by the European Commission is the only EU funded project with a special focus on drugs and drug policy operating in Georgia since 2017. Since the launch of the project, with number of implemented activities, the key priority of the EU-ACT was to support the Government of Georgia in setting up the National Observatory on Drugs.
EU-ACT project has number of activities to implement throughout this year with the National Monitoring Centre. Once State of Emergency and national lockdown related to COVID-19 are lifted in the country, the very first workshop related to the EMCDDA Treatment Demand Indicator (TDI) is planned to be organised early this summer together with the National Monitoring Centre and the National Disease Control Centre (NCDC).