International effort to combat drug trafficking and other forms of crime

The Netherlands collaborates with other countries to combat international drug trafficking and organised crime.

Collaborating with other countries

The Netherlands works with other countries to investigate drug trafficking and other forms of crime, and cooperates with requests for international legal assistance. Other forms of cooperation include:

  • Rapid information sharing when a new synthetic drug is identified on the market. This may include exchanging information about the health risks involved and the treatment of users. An Early Warning System (EWS) is in place for this purpose.
  • Efforts to improve the harmonisation of penalties for drug trafficking in different countries. For instance, the maximum sentence for drug trafficking must not be any lower than has been agreed by the member states of the European Union. This does not apply to possession of cannabis for personal consumption.
  • Comparing the data on drugs that exist in the various countries of the EU in order to pursue the same line. This work is done at the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). This Centre collects, analyses and supplies information about drugs and drug use in the European Union.