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Pompidou Group and Russian Federation organise international event on NPS

The success of the Group’s 2016 Symposium on NPS in Venice led the Russian Federation to take the initiative to host an international expert seminar on 11-12 July 2017 in Moscow. The event is organized jointly by the Pompidou Group and the Research and Practical Centre on Addictions of the Moscow Department on Health. Experts from all over the Russian Federation meet with counterparts from other European countries to better understand the evolution of NPS and discuss effective responses. Prof. Evengia Koshkina, Permanent Correspondent of the Russian Federation to the Pompidou Group explained the evolution of psychoactive substance in Russia in comparison with other European countries. Elena Hedoux, Senior Project Officer at the Pompidou Group outlined the concept for a balanced policy on NPS. In addition to supply reduction efforts, demand reduction strategies must be further developed. In setting the tone for this meeting, Thomas Kattau, Deputy Executive Secretary, recalled in his welcome address the long standing cooperation of the Pompidou Group with the Russian Federation, and thanked Prof Koshkina for the staunch support for the Group’s work. The cooperation throughout all times has demonstrated the effectiveness and benefits countries working together on concrete drug policy strategies. Participants expressed the hope that such activity format, which brings the broad Pompidou Group knowledge and experience in to the heart of member States, will continue in the future.

Croatia joins MedNET

On 27 June, Croatia which participated in the first 1999 PG Conference in Malta on ”Co-operation in the Mediterranean Region on Drug use: setting up networks in the Mediterranean Region” and has been very active in promoting and facilitating drug policy cooperation and dialogue in the South East Europe in the last few years joined MedNET. Participation of this country will certainly represent an opportunity for both regions through which Croatia might be able to play a bridging role in bringing closer together these two regional cooperation mechanisms. This new accession outlines MedNET’ dynamism and reminds us of its continued relevance. 15 Countries are now Members of this network. Out of which 8 are Pompidou Group Member States.

Airports meeting addressing challenges

76 experts from 34 countries and 9 international organisations will participate in the 32 annual meeting of the Airports Group organised 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 organisations will have the opportunity to discuss practical solutions to today’s challenges in airports and build on their established network.


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

This event, co-organised by the Italian Department for Anti-Drug Policies (Dipartimento politiche antidroga) and the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe, takes place on 26 June,
on the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The importance of appropriately mainstream gender in drug-related policies and programmes is recognized in the outcome document of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem and in the CND 59/5 resolution on mainstreaming a gender perspective in drug related policies and programmes.
At the opening of the seminar by Ms Maria Elena Boschi, Undersecretary of State, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Ms. Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, stresses in a video address that “women who experience the coincidence of drug use and violence are among the most marginal voices in our societies” and that their interest and rights “are the most easily ignored”.

Her statement is backed by the policy-makers, researchers and practitioners who present good practices in women and drug addiction research, prevention, care and treatment and, drug related offences with the ultimate aim of integrating a gender dimension in drug policy. To this end, Italy, Spain and Sweden present how the gender dimension is introduced into their national drug strategies.


  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.

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.


11-15, Nicosia
Study visit
. Egyptian delegation on European Drug Quality Standards

20, Algiers
MedSPAD - Result of the Algerian survey

23, Tunis
Workshop on
Addiction and Political Choices

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