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Juvenile prison in Ukraine: new therapeutic approaches introduced

The “family therapy” methodology and risk assessment tool “Savry” have been adapted to the needs of Pryluky prison in Ukraine. “These tools will be very useful for our prison in order to improve the situation of juvenile prisoners before and after release” concluded the director of the prison Mr Eugeniy Kvitnytskiy. This third and last training course in 2015 took place in Prylucky prison on 16-17 November. It was successfully conducted by the Dutch non-profit organisation Friends of Pryluky and the Ukrainian NGO Aids-Foundation East West, and organised by the Pompidou Group and the Ukrainian Foundation Vita Valens. The training courses aimed to prepare prison staff to involve family members in the rehabilitation of young offenders who are vulnerable to drug and alcohol dependence or who often have family members who suffer from substance use disorders.

  Evolution of cannabis regulation policies: experiences as a result of new policies

At present the evolution of cannabis de-regulations are subject to debate in Europe and beyond. Parts of the United States and countries throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean have called for reform of international drugs policy and undertaken major changes to their drug regulations, especially regarding cannabis. This has created debate and led to challenges for decision makers and international organisations. Given these developments, the necessity has emerged to gain a better understanding of the arguments and motivation for these changes and experiences made with new policies and responses. This should constitute the basis for an informed and open debate on drug policy. The Pompidou Group, which is internationally recognized as being a unique forum for open and non-ideological debate, will hold a symposium on this topic on 17 November 2015 in Oslo, hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services.

Read HERE the programme of the Symposium in English
Read HERE the French version of the programme

  The First Technical Meeting of the Cooperation Group of South East European Airports:

A new regional initiative - the Cooperation Group of South East European Airports, launched in April 2015, held its first technical meeting on 10-11 November 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia. It brought together 33 participants from 12 countries of South Eastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey). Technical meetings of the Cooperation Group are foreseen as platforms to support operational work of airport law enforcement agencies on daily bases through practical cooperation, consultations and capacity building. During the technical meeting in Zagreb, participants had an opportunity to discuss specific issues arising from the risk assessment management of passengers in air traffic, in the field of drug enforcement. In addition, results deriving from the first six months of the Cooperation Group activities were presented as well as the latest developments in working methods of participating law enforcement agencies at airports. Networking opportunities within the Cooperation Group and its close interaction with the Pompidou Group’s Airports Group were given a special emphasis during the discussion. Second day of the meeting took place at the Zagreb Airport “Pleso”, where a practical exercise Interception of drug smugglers using Passenger Name Record was conducted. In the future technical meetings, participants will focus on passenger data transfer and data protection, new trends on drug markets (with the special accent on drug-related cybercrime and novel psychoactive substances), and possible joint operations of SEE airports.

* All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.     
  Is drug policy a choice between a rat cage and a rat paradise?

Reflections by Jan Malinowski, Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group, on the occasion of the international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking - 26 June.

“If we are confronted with different décors for drug-prone stress, neglect and hopelessness, against a possible backdrop of trauma – should the response not address the root cause with empathy, understanding and human warmth (the stereotypical: confront drugs with hugs) rather than stigmatisation and punishment?”

The topic has been covered in different languages. See the links below:


Tender notice for prison wards refurbishing in Moldova

The Pompidou Group together with the Department of Penitentiary Institutions of the Republic of Moldova is looking for a construction company that can refurbish a prison ward in Pruncul Prison, Republic of Moldova.

To open the tender notice, CLICK HERE

The Pompidou Group in Mexico Addiction Congress

“We need a public health approach to drug dependence that embraces life and gives choices to drug dependent persons” said Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg, President of the Pompidou Group and State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Health, at the opening session of the 17th International Congress on Addiction in Mexico City, 4 November 2015. She stressed that future drug polices need to focus on preventing drug overdose, abolishing death penalty for drug trafficking and providing coherent drug treatment services. Carmen Fernandes Carceres, Director General of the Mexican treatment and recovery organisation Centros de Integración Juvenil (CIJ), thanked Norway and the Pompidou Group for the successful cooperation. In the Panel on Prevention and Treatment in the Justice System, Robert Teltzrow, Principal Project Consultant for the Pompidou Group, addressed the drug situation in European prisons. He spoke out in favour of developing coherent drug treatment systems in prisons that are in line with European and international human rights standards. The international congress, that aims to further drug treatment and prevention research in Mexico, hosts more than 3000 experts, researchers and policy makers from Mexico, other Latin American countries and from all over the world. Mexico is an observer state to the Pompidou Group since January 2014.   

Tender: Models of alternatives for imprisonment for drug dependent offenders feasible in Georgia

Aiming at identifying opportunities for reducing the population of drug users in Georgian prisons, the Pompidou Group and the Georgian Ministry of Justice set a research tender.
The research is part of the regional project “Criminal Justice Responses to Drug Dependent Prisoners” within the Council of Europe/EU Eastern Partnership Programmatic Co-operation Framework (PCF) regional initiative.
The bid must be submitted in English language by email to Ms Almana Mukabenova: almana.mukabenova@coe.int not later than 12:00 hrs on 2 November 2015.

Read the Tender Notice HERE
The Georgian version is HERE  

Call for tenders

The Pompidou Group is searching for consultants able to provide high-level expertise on drug treatment systems in prisons.
Since 2010 the Pompidou Group conducted several projects focused on improving the overall situation of injecting drug users going through criminal systems in Eastern Europe. The main objective of the “Improving Drug Treatment Systems in Prisons” project planned for 2016- 2017 is to further improve health in penitentiaries with respect for human rights. The project aims at developing strategies of drug treatment and social re-insertion of drug using detainees in order to reduce recidivism. The project comprises a strong element of regional cooperation. The beneficiaries of the Project are penitentiary administrations and institutions in Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Serbia, Armenia and Georgia.

Find HERE more information on this tender
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4-6, Strasbourg
Expert group - Cybercrime

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Symposium on "Experiences with new evolutions in drug policy"

18-19, Oslo
77th Permanent Correspondents Meeting

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