Risk prevention and harm reduction
Access to risk prevention and harm reduction measures constitutes a human
right and needs to be recognised as such.
If many States worldwide have made risk prevention and harm reduction an important
part of their drug and addiction policies, it is not only because it should be a right, but
because it has proved its worth in reducing the social and health consequences of
psychoactive substance use.
However, the debate over concept and definition of ‘harm reduction’ continues at
European and international levels.
Within this context, the French Presidency of the Pompidou Group initiated work on
a consensual definition of the terms, in order to provide policy makers with practical
tools and guidance for the implementation of harm reduction measures, based on
evidence. After more than two years of negotiation, this policy paper was adopted by
at the 73rd meeting of the Permanent Correspondents of the Pompidou Group on 27 November 2013.
One of the most important outcomes of the 73rd Permanent Correspondents meeting of the Pompidou Group was the adoption of the Declaration on protecting public health by ensuring essential services in drug policy under austerity measures (Athens Declaration). There is an urgent need to reverse the correlation between economic crisis, worrying public health trends and the risk of discrimination. The Athens Declaration notes that the global financial and economic crisis in Europe and the related austerity measures have already brought about and may imminently exacerbate challenges related to the health of the individual and of the population as a whole. Meni Malliori says in the interview that the meeting was a “good opportunity to share our anxieties, experiences and hopes for the future”.
Full interview with Meni Malliori, President of the Greek state-run Organization Against Drugs, OKANA about HIV prevention in Greece, austerity measures and the Athens Declaration can be found here.
Launch of European Drug Prevention Prize 2014 - Call for application of projects
On 26 November 2013, during the 73rd Permanent Correspondents Meeting of the Pompidou Group, two jurors are launching the 6th European Drug Prevention Prize in Athens. We herewith are calling for projects to apply to the Prize 2014 which will be awarded at the end of 2014.
All 47 Council of Europe member states, Israel, Morocco, observer States as well as countries from the southern rim of the Mediterranean which are members of the Pompidou Group’s Mediterranean network for co-operation on drugs and addictions (MedNET) (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia) are invited to participate.
Call for application of projects
Podcast on the launch of the call for applications 2014
Concept, rules and procedures
The 2014 Executive Training for drug policy managers is on!
Last week the Permanent Correspondents agreed on the topic ‘drug policy implementation under budgetary constraints and austerity measures’ as the theme for the 2014 Executive Training for Drug Policy Managers. Already this week the steering group of experts met to start the preparations. As in the last years the EMCDDA will provide an important input to this activity together with other international experts. Information on how to apply will be posted next week.
Webpage of EMCDDA
The MedNET countries express their opinion on the impact of the cooperation activities
During the 14th MedNET meeting in Rabat, the representatives of 10 MedNET countries participating in the event, gave an interview on the impact of MedNET cooperation in their country.
Webpage of the MedNET network
Interview by Mr. Jallal Toufiq, Marocco (French only)
Interview by Mr. Richard Muscat, Malta
Interview by Mr. Ramzi Haddad, Lebanon (French only)
Interview by Mr. Abdullah Al Khraisat, la jordanie (Arab only)
Interview by Ms. Elisabetta Simeoni, Italy
Interview by Ms. Minerva Malliori, Greece
Interview by Ms. Danièle Jourdain-Menninger, France (French only)
Interview by Mr. Emad Hamdi-Ghoz, Egypt
Interview by Ms. Leda Christodoulou, Cyprus
MedNET 2013 annual activity report now available
Since the setting up of the MedNET network, an annual
activity report is published each year.
The 2013 activity report is now
available. It gives a summary of all the activities carried
out in 2013 thanks to a funding by France, Italy and the
Joint EU/Council of Europe South Programme.
MedNET adopts its 2013 activity report and its 2014 work programme
On 12 November, during its 14th meeting, in Rabat, MedNET adopted its 2013 activity report which in comparison with 2012, showed and increase by 30 % in the budget of this network.
The 2014 work programme is even more ambitious covering even more activities to be funded by France and Italy with a contribution of the Joint EU/Council of Europe South Programme.
Executive Training 2013 - Evaluation Seminar