Dr. Carel Edwards

Member of the Programme Committee.

Carel Edwards is the head of the European Commission’s Drug Policy Coordination Unit - the Directorate-General for Justice, Freedom and Security.

This unit is involved in the different aspects of the fight against drugs, notably prevention, education, research, training, precursors control, money laundering, police, customs and judicial co-operation and international co-operation. It is responsible for coordinating the implementation by the Commission's services of the EU Action Plan on Drugs and is responsible for the drafting and follow-up of the EU Action Plan on Drugs 2005-2008, which is part of the Multiannual Programme on Justice Freedom and Security. It also contributes to the coherence of the Commission's positions in the different EU and international fora where drugs issues are addressed. For all these purposes, the unit runs a Commission's interservice group on drugs.

The unit also coordinates the relations of the Commission services with the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) based in Lisbon. The unit is the Commission's focal point of the REITOX system which is the overall drugs information system of the EMCDDA.