Pompidou Group - Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs

The Mediterranean network for co-operation on drugs and addictions (MedNET), including alcohol and tobacco, aims to foster co-operation, exchanges and mutual transfer of knowledge between Mediterranean countries and Pompidou Group European Member States (North-South and South-North exchanges) as well as among Mediterranean countries (South-South exchanges).
Summary of the 2014 work programme
A. Activities per country

1. Egypt:
• Gender specific approach in female drug users: 2012- 2014 project comprising of a study visit to Malta on 1 and 11 April.
• An observatory creation for drugs and drug abuse studies with a scheduled visit to Norway from 2 to 8 March.
• Feasibility study regarding development of an accreditation system and certification of more consultants in addiction.

2. Jordan:
• Treatment demands project and implementation of the care centres data base.
• MedSPAD project: guidelines published in 2012 and pending Ministry of Education approval.

3. Lebanon:
• Creation of a Drug Counselling Centre for youth at high risk in cooperation with the Oum El Nour NGO.
• Implementing a Life Skills Prevention Programme in ten public and private schools in the Chiyah region of Beirut with the support of the Skoun NGO.
• Training of personnel working in Beirut night venues: a joint Lebanese and Portuguese project.

4. Morocco:
• Addictology diplomas from Casablanca and Rabat Medical Schools (September 2013-September 2014).
• 2013 MedSPAD survey data analysis.
• Support to the functioning of the Moroccan Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction.
• Prevention related material production for young students.

5. Tunisia:
• Addictology seminars: September 2013- June 2014. Certificates in Addictology from the Faculty of Medicine of Tunis.
• Analysis of the Tunis MedSPAD.
• Study visit to Morocco of low threshold care centres in May.
• September substitution study visit in Malta regarding opiate treatment.
• 26 June - Addiction Prevention Day.

B: Country profiles regarding drugs situation and politics: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan.

C. Regional activities:
Workshop on drugs in the Mediterranean airports and participation at the annual Pompidou Group meeting of the Airports Group.

D. Publication of recommendations of the working group regarding the education in addictology and the adoption of a resolution of the CND in March in Vienna.

E. Annual MedNet meeting: Strasbourg, 2 June and 18 November 2014.

Long term objectives
The main objective is to improve the quality of the drug policies implementation in all participating countries, emphasising a greater awareness of cultural factors influencing intervention policies.
The objectives related to the adhesion to the Council of Europe is the enhancing of the process of political and democratic reforms in the Mediterranean region through increasing awareness of the rights to health care, drug use and legislation reforms.
Target groups
The network is a co-operation mechanism for professionals working on the ground: doctors, social workers, representatives of NGOs and public associations, researchers, policy-makers and officials. It is geared to promoting interaction between political, practical and scientific aspects.
Development and financing
After a first conference in 1999 in Malta, where the creation of a network of cooperation in the Mediterranean region was discussed, MedSPAD (Mediterranean School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs) was launched. Started in 2006, the network has been evaluated one year later. The flexibility of operation has been acknowledged and the operation under the auspices of the Pompidou Group has been recognized. In the initial phase, the budget was funded by voluntary contributions from Netherlands and France, with a later voluntary contribution from Italy and Portugal. The budget continues being funded by voluntary contributions up till today.

A partnership with the South Program funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe in order to strengthen democratic reform in the Southern neighbourhood started in 2012.


The aim of this Newsletter is to present the main activities and results of the European Union – Council of Europe joint programme “Strengthening democratic reform in the Southern Neighbourhood”, the so called South Programme.
Participating countries
At the incipient phase the network was only addressing North African countries in cooperation with France, Netherlands and Malta. Later, it has been extended over twelve countries. Lebanon, Italy, Spain and Portugal joined in 2007, Tunisia in 2009, Jordan, Egypt and Cyprus in 2010 and Greece in 2011.

Member States: Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia.

The MedNET countries express their opinion on the impact of the cooperation activities:
During the 14th MedNET meeting in Rabat, the representatives of ten MedNET countries participating in the event spoke about the impact of the MedNET cooperation on their countries.

suite Interview by Mr. Jallal Toufiq, Morocco (French only)
suite Interview by Mr. Richard Muscat, Malta
suite Interview by Mr. Ramzi Haddad, Lebanon (French only)
suite Interview by Mr. Abdullah Al Khraisat, Jordan (Arab only)
suite Interview by Ms. Elisabetta Simeoni, Italy
suite Interview by Ms. Minerva Malliori, Greece
suite Interview by Ms. Danièle Jourdain-Menninger, France (French only)
suite Interview by Mr. Emad Hamdi-Ghoz, Egypt
suite Interview by Ms. Leda Christodoulou, Cyprus
Each country designates an authorized representative responsible for national drug politics to act on behalf of the government. The work program is drafted taking into consideration all cooperation requests made by the countries. Network members review and adopt the program accordingly. Regional activities are also proposed. The Secretariat administers and coordinates the implementation of the work program.

Added value

• Merging the Southern Mediterranean cultural context to the methodology and tools recognised and used in Europe
• Wide range of qualitative and quantitative activities and information in various fields collected envisaging a comprehensive approach to the drug problem
• Bridging role between Europe and the Southern part of the Mediterranean Region
• Exchange of knowledge and experience between the countries of the Southern Mediterranean perimeter
• Activities based on needs expressed by stakeholders in the countries concerned
• Enhance awareness and skills in the drug field through meetings of various agencies
• Flexibility in the implementation of programmes
• Regular and thorough evaluation by all stakeholders
• Cost-effectiveness
Publications and documents
Education and Training on Substance Use Disorder
Open PDF

University Diploma in Addictology in Rabat
Open PDF file (Text available in French only)

Post University Diploma in Addictology in Tunis
Open PDF file (Text available in French only)

MedNET activity report 2013

Meeting the needs for treatment and treatment centres in Egypt
(Egypt, March 2012)
Report prepared by the General Secretariat of Mental Health of the Ministry of Health and Population in the framework of the Project "Filling the Gap"
suite Report

MedNET activity report 2012

suite Report

Activity Report 2011
Adopted at the 11th MedNET meeting in Brussels on 15 November 2011
suite Report

Activity Report 2010
Adopted at the 9th MedNET meeting in Rabat on 3 December 2010
suite Report

Situational Needs Assessment 2009 (Lebanon, September 2011)
Report prepared by Skoun (Lebanese Addiction Centre) in the framework of the Project "Filling the Gap"
suite Report

Guidelines for the Mediterranean School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (MedSPAD)
suite Guidelines

Training for trainers in implementation of drug abuse prevention projects in Algeria
Trainings for trainers in Zeralda, Batna, Oran and Ghardaia in 2009
suite Publication in French version
suite Publication in Arabic version

MedNET High Level Conference
Strasbourg, 1st December 2009
suite Declaration
suite Conference report
suite Feasibility study

MedSPAD survey in Lebanon
suite Publication 2009 (pdf format)

Presentation of MedNET
suite Brochure 2013 (pdf format)

suite All documents of MedNET

suite All publications from Pompidou Group
Home page

1: Paris
2nd MedSPAD Committee
2: Paris
MedSPAD Algeria

9-10: Kyiv
Drug Prevention Parenting Skills

15-16: Strasbourg
Conference on Using drugs at the work Place

17: Paris
2nd PC Bureau Meeting

28-29: Strasbourg
Second Meeting of the Working Group on Cybercrime - Room G01 (Agora)

suite Agenda 2014
Publications & Documents

suite Our publications (ISBN)
suite Our documents (P-PG/)
At a glance
suite Our achievements