the programme covering the period 2011-2014, research is
undertaken by an ad-hoc group who work on the identification of
effective approaches of coherent policies for licit and illicit
Over the years, research has evolved in this field
as demonstrated in the group’s publications: From a policy on
illegal drugs to a policy on psychoactive substances in 2008 and
Towards an integrated policy on psychoactive substances: a
theoretical and empirical analysis in 2010 and then in 2012
Reflections on the concept of coherency for a policy on
psychoactive substances and beyond.
attempted to put into perspective the salient points of what may
be termed a coherent policy on psychoactive substances. It
proposed six indicators, around which the concept of coherency
was developed: conceptualisation, policy context, legislative
and regulatory frameworks, strategic frameworks,
responses/interventions and structures and resources.
initial target for the use of these six indicators is that all
drugs policies should be in line with the concept of
“well-being”. At the very least, they should not contradict each
other and at best they should be in harmony. On this basis, in
2013 and 2014, researchers refined these indicators and tested
them in their countries, namely Croatia, the Czech Republic,
Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Norway and Portugal to verify
whether they provided a valid tool to measure the effectiveness
and efficiency of a coherent policy on psychoactive substances.
The results appear in the 2014 publication Coherent policy
markers for psychoactive substances and indicate that such
markers may be indeed used as a basis for discussion on the
issue of coherence and in some cases as a means to better
implement coherent policies in respect to psychoactive
substances, and also possibly policies that address other forms
of addictive behaviour.
• Integrated Policy Expert Group, Council of Europe
Office, Paris 17th January 2011|
• Integrated Policy
Expert Group Council of Europe Office, Paris 3 October 2011
• Integrated Policy Expert Group Council of Europe,
Strasbourg 29 June 2011
• Integrated Policy Expert Group
Council of Europe, Strasbourg 29 March 2011
Policy Expert Group Council of Europe Office, Paris, 23rd -
24th April 2012
• Coherent Policy Expert Group Council of
Europe Office Paris, 4th September 2012
• Coherent Policy
Expert Group Council of Europe Office Paris, 25-26 February
• Coherent Policy Expert Group Council of Europe
Office Paris, 23-24 September 2013
• Coherent Policy
Expert Group, Council of Europe Office Paris, 17 February
Register on Drug Research
The register, which was launched in January 2007, is
an online networking tool for the research community and its
partners, enabling them to enhance information exchange on
who does what in drug research. Users can consult and submit
information on projects pursued since 2005, whether
completed or ongoing, calls for collaboration or for
tenders, agencies and partners.
By creating an
account, the user can:
• Submit data (address,
discipline, research institute)
• Provide information on
research projects (field, summary and documents describing
the project, time-table, researchers involved, budget,
• Launch calls for collaboration aimed at
other researchers or calls for tenders targeting researchers
or research institutes;
• Update their personal data,
research projects or calls
Access to the register
Comments or suggestions: register-PG@coe.int
Co-operation with ESPAD
The Pompidou Group continues its
support to the launched in 1993 initiative of CAN (The
Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs)
to start a collaborative research project on school surveys
of alcohol and other drug use. It funds the participation of
non EU experts in project coordination meetings, it
facilitates the interpretation and use of these data and
encourages stakeholders to participate in the implementation
of ESPAD 2011 as a means to understand drug use among youth
In 2012, the Pompidou Group and ESPAD in
cooperation with EMCDDA undertook an assessment of the
impact of ESPAD among the ESPAD researchers, Reitox focal
points and Permanent Correspondents of the Pompidou Group.
It showed that ESPAD has had an important impact and has
influenced the drug debate and policy in many countries.
The report (In English only)
Pompidou Group supports report on drug use
among European youth
A multi-national study of
tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs use amongst 15-16
year-old European students was released in March 2009 as
part of the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and
Other Drugs (ESPAD), supported by the Pompidou Group.
Summary of the report (pdf format)
Co-operation with ESSD
The Pompidou Group has been supporting the activities of the European Society for Social Drug Research (ESSD) for several years.
This financial support is offered towards the organisation of the ESSD annual conference and the publication of its annual book.
In 2008, Pompidou Group also started to fund the
organisation of a Summer School on
qualitative drug research.|
Annual conferences and books
The annual ESSD conferences consist of short presentations grouped by research areas and focussing on study designs and
research methods, followed by discussion of all presentation. From these presentations, ESSD identifies one subject
which is then presented in the annual book in form of a collection of articles.
2007: "Drugs in society: European perspectives"
2008: "Cannabis in Europe: dynamics in perception, policy and markets"
2009: "Old and new policies, theories, research methods and drug users across Europe"
2010: "Pleasure, pain and profit - European
perspectives on drugs"
2011: "Markets, methods and messages: dynamics in European
2012: "The meaning of high - Variations according to
drug, set, setting and time"
2013: "Snapshots of social drug research in Europe"
2014 : "Changes and continuity
: researching evolving drug landscapes in Europe"
Summer School on qualitative drug research
The aim of this course is to enable young researchers
to expand their knowledge and abilities concerning qualitative
drug research and provide them with some proficiency in communicating research findings to agencies and policy makers.
The first two editions took place in Amsterdam in August 2008
On 22 January 2009, the ESSD launched its official bilingual website (English and French).
The translation into French was ensured by the Pompidou Group.
Co-operation with the Mediterranean region
The Mediterranean School Survey Project on Alcohol
and Other Drugs provides an insight into the drug use
situation in non-European countries of the Mediterranean
Region. In particular, it gathers information about young
people’s attitudes and behaviour in relation to the
consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other substances. It has
adapted the ESPAD methodology to the Mediterranean context.
Pilot surveys explored methodological validity and national
school surveys have been carried out in Lebanon, Morocco and
Palestinian delegation study visit to
MedSPAD (Algiers, Tunis)