European Parliament committee backs Commission proposal
The proposals to strengthen the European Union’s ability to respond to new psychoactive substances used as alternatives to illicit drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy (IP/13/837 and MEMO/13/790) made important progress today. They were backed in the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) (51 in favour, 4 against). The new rules proposed by the Commission will equip the EU with a quicker and smarter system to help protect more than 2 million people in Europe who take pills or powders sold to them as ‘legal’.
Next steps: In order to become law, the Commission's proposal needs to be adopted by the European Parliament and by the Member States in the Council, following the ordinary legislative procedure. A plenary vote in the European Parliament is expected in April.