"The EU Drug Strategy has no main priorities specifically focusing on national strategies, laws and public expenditure, however, the cross-cutting theme of coordination does include an objective to: ‘Ensure that a balanced and integrated approach is reflected in national policies and in the EU approach towards third countries and in international fora’. In addition, included under the Strategy’s cross-cutting theme of evaluation, an expected result is: ‘To give clear indications about the merits and shortcoming of current actions and activities on EU level, evaluation should continue to be an integral part of an EU approach to drugs policy’.
"National Drug Strategies In Place
"Over the 2005-2012 period, EU Member States have continued to develop detailed strategies and action plans in the drugs field. As of mid 2011, two more countries have national drug policy documents than was the case in 2005, and it is reasonable to predict that more than 50 separate drug strategies and action plans will have come into force over the eight-year period of the strategy — an average of almost two per country. In terms of content, changes are difficult to assess and might have been relatively limited as the documents are still comprehensive and cover all or most areas of drug policy. On the whole, countries have not extended drug policies into the broader field of addictions, and/or towards the inclusion of licit drugs such as alcohol."
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, "EMCDDA trend report for the evaluation of the 2005–12 EU drugs strategy" (Lisbon, Portugal: EMCDDA, April 2012), pp. 7-8.