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

Norway elected for Presidency of the Pompidou Group

Ministers and Heads of Delegations elected Norway for the 2015-2018 Presidency of the Pompidou Group represented by Secretary of State from Norway Mrs Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg and Italy (Mrs Patrizia de Rose) for the Vice-Presidency at the 16th Ministerial Conference which took place in Strasbourg on 10-20 November. Moreover, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, congratulated Minister Malden Ćavar on Bosnia-Herzegovina joining the Pompidou Group and becoming the 37th Member State. Another highlight was the announcement of the three winning youth organisations of the European Drug Prevention Prize from France, Portugal and Croatia.

Also, Ministers from Bosnia-Herzegovina (Mr Radislav Jovicic), Georgia (Mr Archil Talakvadze) and Malta (Dr. Micahel Farrugia) as well as Secretaries of State from Portugal (Mr Fernando Leal da Costa) and Slovak Republic (Mr Viliam Čislák) attended the meeting. In their speeches the former President of Switzerland, Mrs Ruth Dreifuss, and Dirk van Eeckhout from the Belgian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe acknowledged the importance of the Pompidou Group in drug policy development in Europe and beyond. The event brought together 146 participants from 50 countries including Observer States of the Pompidou Group (Mexico) and of the Council of Europe (Holy See) as well as representatives of International Organisations such as UNODC, WHO, EMCDDA and EUROJUST.

After the election the new President of the Pompidou Group welcomed the Mexican delegation, expressed her gratitude that Mexico has recently become an Observer state of the Pompidou Group and stressed the importance of the cooperation between the Group and the Centros de Integracion Juvenile.

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  Call for tenders: Criminal Justice Responses to Drug Dependent Prisoners

The Pompidou Group calls for tenders for a long-term consultancy in the framework of the Joint Programme Eastern Partnership Programmatic Co-operation Framework (PCF) 2015-2017. The deadline to respond to the call is 12 December 2014. The project “Criminal Justice Responses to Drug Dependent Prisoners” is focussing on training for prison staff, establishing regional co-operation, and developing a strategic approach on prison overcrowding and on alternatives to imprisonment.


Cooperation in the Mediterranean forges ahead in 2014 and the pace should continue in 2015

After a successful 2014 year which saw progress in the development of national observatories, the publication of country profiles, the ongoing training of medical staff through addictology courses and MedSPAD school surveys in Morocco and Tunisia, the Mediterranean Network for Co-operation on Drugs and Addictions (MedNET) will implement an ambitious work programme aimed at improving two-way transfer cooperation and enhance drug policies in the Mediterranean region. Danielle Jourdain-Menninger, President of Pompidou Group, chaired the MedNET meeting that was held in Strasbourg on 18 November 2014. Representatives of Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal and Tunisia adopted the 2014 annual activity report and the 2015 work programme. This ambitious programme will cover both country specific activities aiming at sustaining ongoing new activities and and regional activities such as the new participation of MedNET in the Pompidou Group airport groups, and a regional conference on Opiate Substitution Treatment and Risk Reduction, and the participation in the first European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies.

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  Children see, Children act

The Pompidou Group launched its new drug prevention clip “Children see, Children act” during its workshop on Parenting Skills and Drug Prevention in Kiev, 10-12 October 2014. The clip is part of a joint drug prevention media campaign by the Pompidou Group, the Ukrainian State Drug Control Service, UNICEF and Aids Foundation East-West (AFEW). At the workshop NGO leaders, educators and prevention specialists from all regions of Ukraine discussed how to better involve parents in drug prevention activities. Over one hundred persons applied for the workshop reflecting the urgent need in Ukraine to provide training on primary drug prevention. The workshop has been jointly organised by the Pompidou Group and AFEW.

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The Expert Mission to Ukraine.

After a successful mission from 17 to 21 May, the Pompidou Group delegation and medical expert team returned safely from Ukraine. In Dnepropetrovsk, near the conflict zone in the East of Ukraine, they met with displaced Opiate Substitution Treatment (OST) patients from Crimea and Eastern Ukraine who reported patients’ rights violations and hardships which they experienced as a direct consequence of the ban of OST in Crimea and lack of Methadone supply in Eastern Ukraine. In Kiev they met the Deputy Health Minister of Ukraine who said he would support the displaced patients in close cooperation with the Pompidou Group and other International Organisations. Together with local OST coordinators and civil society organisations the Pompidou Group developed recommendations on how to react to this humanitarian emergency situation. Follow-up intervention will be coordinated with partner organisations such as UNODC, UNAIDS and WHO.

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Online prevention and treatment

Member States of the Pompidou Group discussed how the internet could be used to improve drug prevention and treatment services at the regional TAIEX (Technical Assistance Information Exchange) workshop in Tirana, 3-4 November. The workshop aimed at contributing to defining the needs on internet-based interventions in the region, offering concrete solutions based on experience from the EU and regional cooperation. The event was organised in cooperation with the Albanian Ministry of Health and gathered experts from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYROM, Kosovo*, Montenegro and Serbia as well as from Germany, the Netherlands and Slovenia. The representatives of the Ministry of Health of Albania opened the meeting underlining the importance of sharing good practices and new developments in internet-based drug prevention and treatment interventions in Europe. An exchange between EU Member States and IPA (Pre Accession Assistance) beneficiaries is crucial to harmonise drug policy and to extent concrete expertise on development of suitable internet-based tools. One of the goals of the EU Drug Strategy 2013-2020 is to expand the availability, accessibility and coverage of effective and diversified drug treatment to problem drug users.

Stopping cybercrime

From 28 to 29 October, the Working Group on Cybercrime of the Pompidou Group held a meeting dedicated to drug trafficking through virtual networks. The meeting brought together computer scientists, drug policy experts, law enforcement specialists, as well as Interpol and UNODC officials to discuss sensitive issues related to drugs markets, its functioning, its growth and decentralisation, as well as the consequences of virtual currency used in the ‘Darknet’ and in illicit drug trade. The workshop was opened by Lars Meling from the Norwegian Ministry of Justice, and Jan Kleijssen, Director of Information Society and Action against Crime. The participants called for concentrated action jointly with UNODC and Interpol to respond to the development of the Darknet and suggested setting up forensic rapid labs to check for illicit substances.


3: Tirana
Regional meeting – Publication on Treatment
18: Strasbourg
16th Plenary meeting of MedNET Network

19: Strasbourg
75th Permanent Correspondents meeting

19-20: Strasbourg
Pompidou Group Ministerial Conference

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