Drugs and Decision-Making in the
Author: Tim Boekhout van Solinge
ISBN 90 5330 327 8
Price: € 20
Drugs are a perennial topic within the institutions of the European
Union the Commission, Council and Parliament. The "drugs
problem" is also regularly tabled on the agenda of the European
Council, the six-monthly summit of the government leaders of the
fifteen member states. The EU systematically brings drug-related
issues into virtually all political dialogues with third countries
or regional organisations. It even stresses the importance of anti-drug
measures as part of trade agreements and development cooperation.
By such means the EU has become an important player in the weird
and wonderful world of international drugs control.
European decision-making mechanisms are complex and opaque at the
best of times, and where drugs are concerned they are doubly so.
This book gives an overview of the EU's anti-drugs measures and
focuses on its decision-making process. It looks at why drugs have
acquired a prominent position on the European political agenda and
identifies the political function they serve there. This study shows
that instead of solving the drugs problem, the EU's bureaucracy
actually helps to keep it alive and well.
This book is one in a series of studies on drug policy conducted
by the Centre for Drug Research (CEDRO) of the University of Amsterdam.
It will appeal to anyone interested in international drug control,
and to those who want to look behind the scenes of European decision-making.
Also available in Dutch.