Essence of Belgian Drug Policy
"By actualising the Federal Drug Policy Note of 2001, the Communal Declaration of 2010 currently provides the structure for the Belgian drug policy. The essence of this policy remains the recognition that the drug phenomenon primarily is an issue of public health. Therefore, repression, as a last resort (ultimum remedium), is preceded by prevention and treatment. By evaluating the accomplishments of the Federal Drug Policy Note and by stipulating action points for future improvements, the Communal Declaration pursues the global and integrated approach. This document can be seen as a confirmation of the Federal Drug Policy Note, rather than as its replacement. The Communal Declaration particularly represents the integrated efforts from the different policy levels, preceded by the Federal Drug Policy Note, the cooperation agreement, the GDPC and the Interministerial Conference on Drugs."
Deprez, Nathalie, et al., "2011 National Report (2010 data) to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point" (Brussels, Belgium: OD Public Health and Surveillance, Scientific Institute of Public Health, October 2011), WIV-ISP/EPI REPORTS N° 002, p. 27.