Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

New psychoactive substances will be banned from the EU faster

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 ottobre 2017

lotta alla drogaProducing and selling them will be punished with similar penalties to other illicit drugs.Under updated legislation passed by Parliament on Tuesday, the procedure to determine the potential effects of new psychoactive substances (NPS), and to adopt control measures in the EU if needed, will be significantly shorter, in order to keep up with the fast-paced developments on the market.National authorities will have 6 months – instead of 12 – to apply an EU decision. Information exchange, via the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), will be improved.NPS are chemical substances which are traded freely and have similar effects to some other illegal drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, cannabis and ecstasy. Once banned from the market, the production, distribution and sale of the most dangerous new substances could be punishable with maximum penalties of between five and ten years imprisonment, as is the case for other illicit drugs. Europol will have a more significant role in the early-warning system and risk assessment procedure, to help determine cross-border involvement of criminal organisations. Parliament passed changes to the EMCDDA founding Regulation with 609 votes to 19 and 29 abstentions, while the modified Directive, already in second reading, was approved without a vote.

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