28th Annual Meeting of the Cooperation Group of Drug Control Services at European Airports and in General Aviation, 19-21 June 2013|
On 19-21 June, around 60 participants representing customs and law enforcement from 23 countries: 17 PG Member countries and 6 non-PG member countries including Japan and Lebanon will meet in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. With participation of international organisations such as Interpol, Regional International Intelligence Liaison Office, World Customs Organisation, UNODC West-Africa, EMCDDA and representatives of private industry, the group which meets annually will act as a forum for the exchange of practical information on problems and operational practice to improve drug detection in European airports.
Detection of drugs in post parcels and express courier consignements, synthetic drugs, drug trafficking by air freight, general aviation are specific topics of this annual session.
Regional International Intelligence Liaison Office
World Customs Organisation
New Publication on Mental Health and Addition in Prisons
The publication contains articles by experts who attended the International Conference on Mental Health and Addictions in Prisons which took place in Bucharest on 27 and 28 February 2013. The event was organised by the Pompidou Group together with the Romanian Anti-Drug Agency and the National Prison Administration. The articles in this publication reflect the main conclusions and arguments of the experts attending the conference.
Link to the publication:
Mental Health and Addiction in Prisons
New video on prevention - BEEcool
The Pompidou Group has produced a new video on prevention in collaboration with the participants of the 2012 Executive Training. It was recorded by Bence Toth (film director) in a club in Budapest, Hungary. The idea was to create a prevention video without that will not require adaptation in every country.
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72nd Permanent Correspondents Meeting, Strasbourg
On 28 May 2013, the 72nd Permanent Correspondents Meeting of the Pompidou Group took place in Strasbourg. The meeting was chaired by the French Presidency, Mrs. Danielle Jourdain-Menninger, President of the French Interministerial Mission against Drug Abuse (MILDT), and Mrs. Laura D’Arrigo, Chair of the Permanent Correspondents. Mr. Jan Kleijssen, Director Information Society and Action against Crime, and Mr. Patrick Penninckx, Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group were also present.
Representatives of the following Member States were present: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.
A representative of the European Monitoring Centre For Drug And Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) also attended the meeting.
Among the most important topics discussed were the Mediterranean Network’s activities, the increasing trend of buying illicit substances on the internet, the adoption of the guidelines on ‘substitution treatment and driving’ and the worrying situation of drugs in prisons. The Meeting ended with our new video on prevention. Several reference documents were discussed and adopted and a brief analysis of the work of the Bureau was conducted. The next Permanent Correspondents Meeting will take place in November this year.
Moldovan Police debate treatment of drug users
How can police officers fulfill their duty in enforcing narcotic law while also supporting uninterrupted access to treatment for drug users? Questions such as these were critically discussed at the workshop on "Preventing Drug Abuse - Treatment and Harm Reduction in Police Arrest" which took place in Chisinau on 15-16 May. The event was organized by the Pompidou Group together with the NGO “Innovating Projects in Prisons” in conjunction with the Anti-Drug Department of the Moldovan Police. The Head of the Anti-drug Department, the Chief of the National Department for Criminal Inspections as well as 25 specialised police officers attended the workshop.
European Research Network on Illicit Drugs, ERANID, launched Rome, May 7th
ERANID, the European Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs, a project funded by the European Union, has been launched. It can be considered as a first fundamental step towards long-term co-operation in the field of scientific research on illicit drugs. The development of shared priorities for research on illicit drugs and the funding of joint research projects in this field are the main objectives of this project.
With the development of a Strategic Research Agenda, based on existing evidence and a common understanding of priorities, ERANID will increase the knowledge of both drug demand and supply issues and their complex relationship. The project operates mainly in the field of socio-economic sciences and humanities and aims to strengthen and widen the network of research programmes and participants. Closer co-operation amongst researchers of different European and other countries may lead to further development in research techniques and the effective evaluation of policy strategies and innovative programmes. Disseminating the results of the acquired knowledge will support policy decisions and actions.
The participating countries are Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom. The project, which will last for four years, will also collaborate closely with two important organisations: the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe. The coordinator of ERANID is ZonMw (The Netherlands).
This month ERANID will start the development of a Strategic Research Agenda for which we will ask the co-operation of stakeholders.
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)
Study visit of Egyptian delegation
Executive Training 2013 - Preparatory meeting of the qualifying seminar
Airports Group - Plenary meeting
Working group on addictology courses