The Dublin Ministerial Conference in 2003 introduced a new structure
of the activities based on six platforms concerning prevention,
treatment, criminal justice, research, ethics and airports.
Their main function is to satisfy the need for an exchange or transfer of new knowledge, information and opinions between
policy makers, professionals and other field workers and scientists. A further function is to promote and develop common
standards for good practice.
Most platforms meet twice a year and are chaired by one of the Permanent Correspondents.
Participants include acknowledged experts in the field covered by the platform who are nominated by
the authorities of the Member States.