EU-ACT Project supports the development of a New National Anti-Drug Strategy for 2021-2025 in Georgia

 

EU-ACT project supports the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and the Interagency Council on Combatting Drug Abuse to develop a new National Anti-Drug Strategy for 2021-2025. The EU-ACT non-key expert from the United Kingdom, David Morgan assists the Ministry of Justice to define new policy areas, priorities and directions to improve and shape Georgia’s drug policy for next five years.

For this purpose, EU-ACT local team in Georgia has facilitated weekly long online meetings with the Ministry of Justice, Special Penitentiary Service, National Probation Agency, Revenue Service, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Prosecutor’s Office, Ministry of Education, Office of the Resource Officers of Educational Institutions, Ministry of Health, Centre for Mental Health and Prevention of Addiction and the Georgian National Drug Observatory.

NKE David Morgan also held a discussion on drug policy issues and current challenges with Mr. Mikhael Sarjveladze, Head of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee and Mr. David Sergeenko, Member of the Health and Social Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Georgia as well as the staff members of the Parliament.

The online consultation phase also covered range of meetings with the representatives of the Georgian Harm Reduction Network, Alternative Georgia and Ilia State University. The third phase of the policy discussions was organised with the external partners as EMCDDA, UNODC, DEA, ANL, EUROPOL and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia.

The EU-ACT project will finalise the Anti-Drug Strategy in early May which will be eventually adopted by the Inter-Agency Council on Combatting Drug Abuse. Previously, EU-ACT Project developed 2019-2020 and 2021-2022 Anti-Drug National Action Plans for the Government of Georgia.