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Airports meeting addressing challenges

76 experts from 34 countries and 9 international organisations will participate in the 32 annual meeting of the Airports Group organi
sed by the Pompidou Group on 6-8 June 2017. A great variety of airport and drugs related subjects will be addressed during the event.
RILO will open the meeting with the annual review on drug seizures in airports and mail centres, followed by presentations on the use of PNR, cash control, control of passenger and package flows, swallowers, organised crime, general aviation, police dog training, controlled deliveries and risk analysis.
Experts from different countries and international organi
sations will have the opportunity to discuss practical solutions to today’s challenges in airports and build on their established network.

In 2017, MedNET is expanding its activities to address the specific issue of women and drugs

The 21st MedNET meeting was chaired by Nicolas Prisse, the new president of France's Interministerial Mission for the Fight against Drugs and Addictive Behaviours (Mildeca), in Paris on 9 May. The participants welcomed the implementation of the ambitious MedNET work programme for 2016-2018.
The network – which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016 – continues to expand its scope, focusing on women's issues in drug policies.
Its activities are constantly expanding thanks to contributions from its donors, France and Italy, and thanks to the expertise brought by all its members.
Indeed, the sharing of knowledge and experience is not confined to the network: expertise is also provided by the Pompidou Group's member states: Belgium, Croatia, Ireland and Switzerland, as well as non-member states such as Spain.
The model of cooperation set up by the network is inspiring other regions of the world such as West Africa and Latin America.
Palestine, the 14th member of MedNET which joined at the end of 2016, participated in the meeting and outlined its priorities for the years to come.

A blind spot in drug enforcement

Last week, Mr Jan Malinowski, Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group, Mr José Manuel Holgado Merion, Director General, Mr Pedro Garrido Roca, Brigadier General, Mr Pablo Martín Alonso, Lieutenant General and Mr Laurentino Ceña Coro, Lieutenant General, from the Spanish Guardia Civil opened the first two-day General Aviation conference ‘A blind spot in drug enforcement!’ in Madrid.
They welcomed over a hundred participants from ten international organisations and thirty-five countries of Europe, North and South America, Africa, The Middle East and Asia. During the past two days several speakers shared their experience in the field and ideas to improve policies and methodologies in the near future.

Juvenile justice reforms in Ukraine

Rehabilitative justice needs to balance risks and must empower young people in trouble with the law to live a meaningful, happy and law-abiding life. Both prison staff and the trainers agreed emphatically to this conclusion of the three-day workshop that took place in Kremenchug juvenile prison between 24 and 26 March 2017. It was the first training implemented by the Pompidou Group and the Dutch non-profit organisation “Friends of Pryluky” in this Ukrainian correctional institution. After Pryluky and Melitopol, Kremenchug is the third juvenile institution that opened its doors to the team of experts and trainers. Many of the boys in the institutions come from disadvantaged families where alcohol and drug use is common. The techniques discussed during the workshop enable educators and psychologists to further improve their therapeutic and analytical skills and they learned more about risk assessment and drug prevention tools. Due to criminal justice reforms, fewer juveniles are incarcerated in Ukraine and consequently many juvenile institutions will be closed. However, the Ukrainian prison administration announced this week that Kremenchug’s juvenile institution will remain and become the largest national correctional facility for boys.


  Seminar “Women and Drugs: from policy to good practice”, Rome, 26-27 June 2017, National School of Administration

This seminar is co-organised by Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe and the Italian Anti-Drugs Polic
ies Department (Dipartimento politiche antidroga).
The importance of appropriately mainstream gender in drug-related policies and programmes was recognized in the outcome document of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem. Therefore this seminar will endeavour to take into account the CND 59/5 resolution on mainstreaming a gender perspective in drug related policies and programmes.
The objective of the seminar is to highlight good practices as well as to encourage for better ones. Additionally, our intention is to identify the most common problems faced by women who suffer from addiction disorders. Policy-makers, researchers and practitioners on the field will exchange knowledge and expertise on this topic.
Representatives from 24 countries including neighbouring Mediterranean countries, Israel, Mexico and representatives of the Palestinian National Authority will participate.
Within Pompidou Group work programme, this seminar is part of the activity aiming at supporting the integration of a gender dimension in drug policy. It follows the Pompidou Group Rome seminar on “Women, violence and drugs” in December 2015
The seminar will start at 9:00 on 26 June 2017 and will end at 1 pm on the 27th.


  New PG Brochure: Criminal Justice and Drug Policy

The Pompidou Group works closely with national policy makers and practitioners to develop drug strategies and tools that focus on improving health and human rights in the criminal justice systems. This includes interventions that help to reduce crime, prison overcrowding and stigmatisation of drug-dependent persons. The brochure ‘Criminal Justice and Drug Policy’ introduces the work of the Criminal Justice and Prison Programme of the Pompidou Group – by giving a voice to both leading experts and people who have survived drug dependence and experienced related hardship in prison.

Challenges resulting from NPS for demand reducing strategies

The First Module Seminar of the 2017 Pompidou Group Executive Training took place in Israel from 28 to 30 March 2017. It brought together 35 participants from 25 countries. Drug policy managers from participating countries explored the specificities of the NPS phenomenon with the focus on existing prevention and treatment offers available in Israel. Knowhow transfer and shared experiences was provided by study visits to successful projects in the fields of drug prevention, early detection and treatment. The seminar provided examples of flexible and pragmatic responses to NPS related problems. This module was co-organised together with the Israel Anti-Drug Authority (IADA). Following three eventful days in Israel, participants unanimously agreed that the activity provided much inspiration for results-oriented approaches that put the patient’s well-being at the centre of the attention.
During the Second Module seminar planned for 30 May – 2 June in Alicante, Spain, participants will continue exploring existing measures and concepts and their applicability to NPS. They will also have an opportunity to reflect, to identify which existing demand and harm reduction approaches can be applied to NPS and how they can be implemented in practice and in national context. Already the discussion and feedback at the First Module Seminar show that the participants will deliver some highly relevant conclusions to the Pompidou Group’s Permanent Correspondents once the second module is completed.

Tbilisi Conference on Criminal Justice and Prison

Delegates at the ‘International Conference on Alternative to Punishment and Drug Treatment in Prisons’, held in Tbilisi, 21-22 March 2017, called for developing comprehensive criminal justice responses to drug dependent people who are in trouble with the law. More than 70 high-level representatives from relevant Georgian ministries, international organisations, delegations from Armenia, Belarus, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, international experts as well as local civil society representatives participated at the conference. They discussed drug treatment services in prisons and alternative sanctions for drug dependent persons in Georgia. Leading drug experts argued that prison sentences can be counterproductive in treating drug addiction and preventing drug users from reoffending after release. European good practice examples such as Therapeutic Communities (TCs), Opiate Agonist Treatment (OAT), Needle and Syringe Exchange Programmes (NSP) as well as alternatives to punishment for drug-related offences were presented and discussed. The participants agreed that the costs for society and health risks for drug using individuals can be reduced by effective drug treatment and harm reduction programmes in prisons and in the community. The conference was prepared together with the Georgian Ministry of Justice in the framework of the Pompidou Group project on ‘Criminal Justice Responses to drug dependent prisoners’ of the joint EU-Council of Europe’s Programmatic Cooperation Framework (PCF) programme.

Women and drugs in Algeria: Pompidou Group supports the International Women day

With a first seminar in Algeria on the topic on women and drugs, the Pompidou Group is contributing to the International Women Day on 8 March

Within the MedNET 2017 work programme and at the initiative and in cooperation with the Office National de Lutte contre la Drogue et la Toxicomanie of Algeria, the Pompidou Group is holding a first seminar on women and drugs in Algiers. 80 Representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health, Prison Administration, Police and Gendarmerie and the Civil Society will participate in this seminar along with experts from Egypt and Greece. 


6-8, Strasbourg
32nd Airports annual meeting of the Airports Group

16, Tunis
International day against drugs: Women, violence and addictions in Tunisia

, Rome
Seminar on “Women and Drugs: from policy to good practice”

, Rome
Working group on “Violence, women and rape drugs”

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