Mediterranean network for co-operation on drugs and
addictions (MedNET), including alcohol and tobacco, aims to
foster co-operation, exchanges and mutual transfer of
knowledge between Mediterranean countries
and Pompidou Group
European Member States (North-South and
South-North exchanges) as well as among Mediterranean
countries (South-South exchanges).
Summary of the
2014 work programme
A. Activities per country|
• Gender specific approach in female drug users: 2012-
2014 project comprising of a study visit to Malta on 1 and
• An observatory creation for drugs and drug
abuse studies with a scheduled visit to Norway from 2 to 8
• Feasibility study regarding development of an
accreditation system and certification of more consultants
• Treatment demands project and implementation of the care
centres data base.
• MedSPAD project: guidelines
published in 2012 and pending Ministry of Education
• Creation of a Drug Counselling Centre for youth at high
risk in cooperation with the Oum El Nour NGO.
Implementing a Life Skills Prevention Programme in ten
public and private schools in the Chiyah region of Beirut
with the support of the Skoun NGO.
• Training of
personnel working in Beirut night venues: a joint Lebanese
and Portuguese project.
• Addictology diplomas from Casablanca and Rabat Medical
Schools (September 2013-September 2014).
• 2013 MedSPAD
survey data analysis.
• Support to the functioning of
the Moroccan Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction.
• Prevention related material production for young
• Addictology seminars: September 2013- June 2014.
Certificates in Addictology from the Faculty of Medicine of
• Analysis of the Tunis MedSPAD.
visit to Morocco of low threshold care centres in May.
September substitution study visit in Malta regarding opiate
• 26 June - Addiction Prevention Day.
B: Country profiles regarding drugs situation and
politics: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan.
C. Regional activities:
Workshop on drugs in
the Mediterranean airports and participation at the annual
Pompidou Group meeting of the Airports Group.
D. Publication of recommendations of the working group
regarding the education in addictology and the adoption of a
resolution of the CND in March in Vienna.
MedNet meeting: Strasbourg, 2 June and 18 November 2014.
Long term objectives
The main objective is to improve the
quality of the drug policies implementation in all
participating countries, emphasising a greater awareness of
cultural factors influencing intervention policies.
The objectives related to the adhesion
to the Council of Europe is the enhancing of the process of
political and democratic reforms in the Mediterranean region
through increasing awareness of the rights to health care,
drug use and legislation reforms.
The network is a co-operation mechanism for
professionals working on the ground: doctors, social
workers, representatives of NGOs and public associations,
researchers, policy-makers and officials. It is geared to
promoting interaction between political, practical and
Development and financing
After a first conference in 1999 in
Malta, where the creation of a network of cooperation in the
Mediterranean region was discussed, MedSPAD (Mediterranean
School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs) was
launched. Started in 2006, the network has been evaluated
one year later. The flexibility of operation has been
acknowledged and the operation under the auspices of the
Pompidou Group has been recognized. In the initial phase,
the budget was funded by voluntary contributions from
Netherlands and France, with a later voluntary contribution
from Italy and Portugal. The budget continues being funded
by voluntary contributions up till today.
partnership with the South Program funded by the European
Union and implemented by the Council of Europe in order to
strengthen democratic reform in the Southern neighbourhood
started in 2012.
THE THIRD EDITION OF THE SOUTH
The aim of this Newsletter is to present the
main activities and results of the European Union – Council
of Europe joint programme “Strengthening democratic reform
in the Southern Neighbourhood”, the so called South
At the incipient phase the network was only addressing North
African countries in cooperation with France, Netherlands
and Malta. Later, it has been extended over twelve
countries. Lebanon, Italy, Spain and Portugal joined in
2007, Tunisia in 2009, Jordan, Egypt and Cyprus in 2010 and
Greece in 2011.
Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan,
Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia.
The MedNET countries express their opinion on the impact of
the cooperation activities:
During the 14th MedNET meeting in Rabat, the representatives
of ten MedNET countries participating in the event spoke
about the impact of the MedNET cooperation on their
Interview by Mr. Jallal Toufiq, Morocco (French only)
Interview by Mr. Richard Muscat, Malta
Interview by Mr. Ramzi Haddad, Lebanon (French only)
Interview by Mr. Abdullah Al Khraisat,
Jordan (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
Each country designates an authorized representative
responsible for national drug politics to act on behalf of
the government. The work program is drafted taking into
consideration all cooperation requests made by the
countries. Network members review and adopt the program
accordingly. Regional activities are also proposed. The
Secretariat administers and coordinates the implementation
of the work program.
• Merging the Southern Mediterranean cultural context to the
methodology and tools recognised and used in Europe
Wide range of qualitative and quantitative activities and
information in various fields collected envisaging a
comprehensive approach to the drug problem
role between Europe and the Southern part of the
• Exchange of knowledge and
experience between the countries of the Southern
• Activities based on needs
expressed by stakeholders in the countries concerned
Enhance awareness and skills in the drug field through
meetings of various agencies
• Flexibility in the
implementation of programmes
• Regular and thorough
evaluation by all stakeholders
Publications and documents
2014 European Drug
Prevention Prize Jury Meeting