Pompidou Group - Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs

Events 2012
Diversion of precursors – Identifying challenges and threats
From 28 to 30 November 2012, 54 international experts will meet in a conference to look into the “New threats and challenges in the field of precursor diversion”. The aim is not only to examine the new threats in the field of precursor diversion and look at adequate responses but also to consider possibilities to improve the exchange of information, the coordination and the networking among law enforcement agencies, regulatory authorities, prosecutors and chemical industry. In addition, experts will examine the gaps in the judicial chain from the identification of suspect consignments up to prosecution and sanction. They will also discuss the way to contribute to the improvement of inter-agency cooperation on an international level.
suite Programme of the conference
suite Link to the Precursor's Webpage
suite Interview with Marchel Zomer, Senior safety officer (Dutch National Dismantling Facility LFO)
Mediterranean Network – Adoption of the 2012 Activities report and the 2013 Work programme
During its plenary meeting on 15 November 2012, the Pompidou Group Mediterranean Network (MedNET) adopted its 2012 activities report and the 2013 work programme. The latter will cover both country activities and regional activities according to the needs and request made by the participating countries. This programme will be implemented with voluntary contributions from France (reaching a total amount of 1 000 000 € since the setting up of the network in 2006) and Italy. The EU funded programme "Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood" (South Programme launched in January 2012), which is implemented by the Council of Europe, is also funding several activities carried out by MedNet in Morocco and Tunisia.
suite Activities report 2012
suite Work programme 2013
European Drug Prize 2012 Award Ceremony - Winners and shortlisted projects to be announced!
On 14 November 2012, the Jury will announce which from the 83 applying projects they have decided to reward with the European Drug Prevention Prize 2012. During this event, which will be webcasted live on the Internet, the three innovative winning projects will receive their Prize 2012 composed of a Diploma, a Trophy and a Prize-money of € 5.000. The shortlisted projects the Jury considered interesting and worthwhile promoting will also be publicized on the same occasion. These projects received a certificate of recognition of their work in drug prevention with the active involvement of youth.
suite Link to the video of the ceremony
suite Link to the Prize webpage
suite Link to the 2012 Prize's information
High-level Conference of the Pompidou Group to assess the challenges and opportunities of Internet in drug policies
Government officials as well as drug policy and Internet experts from across Europe gathered on 14 November 2012 in Strasbourg in a Pompidou Group’s High level Conference. Danièle Jourdain Menninger, President of the French Mission on Drugs and addictions (MILDT), chaired the event. On this occasion, the participants assessed how cyberspace is being used with regard to drug related challenges. They examined both opportunities and risks in cyberspace to reduce the demand and supply of illicit drugs. Drug related cybercrime, internet based drug treatment and innovative web projects in drug prevention has also been assessed. During this conference, the European Drug Prevention Prize 2012 was awarded and the accession of the Republic of Moldova was celebrated. In addition, Albania formally announced its intention to join the Pompidou Group.
suite Programme of the conference
suite Adoted declaration
Combatting drug trafficking in airports in the Mediterranean Region
The Regional Mediterranean seminar on combating drug trafficking in airports is organised on 29-30 October in Strasbourg in the framework of the Mediterranean network (MedNET) activities. The seminar will promote an exchange of views on drug trafficking and crime related issues (airport crime and airport security) at airports of the MedNET region and take into account the expertise of the Pompidou Group’s “Airports Group”. Composed of European law enforcement officers, including police officers, customs officers and border control-officers, this group aims to develop and harmonise tools and systems to improve drug detection in European airports. On the occasion of this seminar law enforcement officers from Algeria, Egypt, France, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia will be able to exchange views and experience. The World Customs Organisation (WCO), Interpol and the Analysis and Operation Centre–Narcotics (MAOC-N) will also participate in the discussions. This seminar should be a step not only towards effective cooperation between European and Mediterranean countries in the field of law enforcement, but will also support international activities in the field of drug supply reduction.
suite Link to the MedNET webpage
suite Link to the Airports Group webpage
Substitution treatment: discussion open to experts from the Southern rim of the Mediterranean
On 18 and 19 October, two conferences organised with the support of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health will be held in Geneva on Treatment of opioid dependence: the 3rd Francophone International Symposium on treatment of opioid dependence (TOD) and the 3rd International Congress on substitution treatment (NaSuKo - Nationale und internationale Substitutions-Konferenz). They will bring together experts from all francophone countries and, for the first time, experts from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia thanks to the support of the Pompidou Group and the Office of the Francophonie of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). More than 400 people are registered. All persons interested will have the chance to follow the plenary sessions of TOD directly on the Internet by following this link: www.tdo3.org/webinaires.php
suite The programme is available on following websites: www.tdo3.org and www.nasuko3.ch
Workshop on Counselling and Art Therapy
Improving counselling skills and introducing solution-focused art therapy was the purpose of the workshop for psychologist and social workers working with the rehabilitation of drug dependent or recovering detainees. Over 20 Romanian and Moldovan participated in this event which took place in Poiana Brasov in Romania from 25 to 27 September 2012. The event was organised by the Pompidou Group in collaboration with the Romanian National Anti-Drug Agency and the National Prison Administration. The workshop was led by a psycho-analyst and an art therapy professor who illustrated theoretical approaches with practical therapeutic assignments. The participants discovered the art producing process as a powerful method for communicating suppressed emotions and solving drug-related problems. A result of the workshop was the development of a tool for the implementation of participatory drug prevention projects in prisons.
Workshop “Drug Use and Rehabilitation in Prisons” in Ukraine
More than 40 prison directors, medical doctors and psychologists attended the workshop which was successfully held in Odessa, Ukraine, on 19-21 September 2012. It was co-organised as an event of the Council of Europe by the Pompidou Group and the “Support for Prison Reform in Ukraine” project. The topic of the workshop “Drug Use and Rehabilitation” was proposed by the National State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Drug Control Service.
The workshop provided an interactive platform for all participants to exchange their views on the improvement of treatment and rehabilitation services for former drug using detainees. Two international experts presented good practices in the field of drug treatment and developed together with the participants strategies for the effective implementation of rehabilitation services. Following the workshop, the experts and organisers visited the State Penitentiary Service Headquarter in Odessa and Prison N°1. The results of the workshop and meetings will be used to support the Ukrainian prison reform in the field of drug rehabilitation.
Newly published Manual on transcultural drug work
The Handbook for practitioners working with drug users from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds written by Olga Fedorova, Director of the centre for social assistance to families and children in Yekaterinburg, was developed to assist policy managers and professionals from health care and social welfare in upgrading the system of transculturally competent services for populations from other cultures and improving the situation of migrants, including illegal ones.
In many countries, trends in demographic development demonstrate that migrants in the ensuing years are likely to become one of the more significant target groups that require a specialized approach in dealing with drug and addiction problems. A well-functioning system of social welfare, treatment and rehabilitation for drug users is in place in several countries. However, an effective system of support to drug users who are migrants, especially illegal ones, that would take into account their social, psychological and cultural specificities, is not in place. How can we provide services of high quality, if we do not take into account the differences of those who we try to help?
The Manual on transcultural drug work already exists in English, German and Russian. It will soon be translated into different other languages, in Turkish by Germany for example.
suite Link to the Manual in English, German and Russian
Tunisia - Launch of a MedSPAD survey in preparation
Following the MedSPAD surveys model (Mediterranean School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs), a school survey focused on teenagers aged 15-16 will be carried out in Tunis at the end of the year 2012. Based on the methodology which was used in Morocco and Lebanon already, the survey will be conducted by the Tunisian Ministry of Public Health in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and should provide information about the attitudes and drug consumption of the population considered. A preparatory workshop to this pilot survey conducted in the framework of the Mediterranean Network (MedNET) took place on 5th September 2012 in Paris at the French Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT).
French Presidency for the Pompidou Group newly represented by Danielle Jordain-Menninger
Wednesday 12 September 2012, Ms Danielle Jourdain-Menninger was appointed, by the French Council of Ministers, President of the French Interministerial Mission Against Drug Abuse (MILDT). Graduated from the ENA and specialist in public health, Danielle Jordain-Menninger has worked in the private office of several ministers and was, prior to this appointment, Inspector General of Social Affairs. She will now be the President of the Pompidou Group, replacing Mr. Etienne Apaire who held the Presidency since 2010.
suite Link to Danièle Jourdain-Menninger's CV (in French)
New threats in precursor diversion – Precursor Network Meeting
Drug manufacture necessarily requires the use of precursor chemicals. Around 60 national experts from competent law enforcement services, regulatory boards (authorising imports and exports of precursors) and specialised judicial authorities will discuss adequate responses to new developments regarding substances, routes, modi operandi in the field of precursor diversion. They will also look into existing gaps in the judicial chain starting with the identification of a suspect consignment and leading to prosecution and sanction of illicit trafficking. The final aim is to accelerate information exchange and coordination among services concerned on a national and an international level.
suite Precursors web page
European Drug Prevention Prize 2012 - Jury all set for the selection process
Following a widely disseminated call for applications, the Pompidou Group received 83 entries from 24 different countries applying for the European Drug Prevention Prize 2012. On 17-18 July 2012, the young jurors will meet in Strasbourg to carefully examine the applications, exchange their views and evaluate the projects according to the pre-defined selection criteria. The aim of the meeting is to shortlist the most innovative approaches and select the three winning-projects which will be rewarded for their remarkable work in drug prevention with active involvement of young people. The 5th European Drug Prevention Prize will be awarded during the high-level Mid-term conference of the Pompidou Group on 14 November 2012.
suite Concept, rules and procedures

suite Prize's webpage
Drugs in prison - New project launched in Romania
Together with the Romanian National Anti-Drug Agency, the Pompidou Group launched a new capacity building project for psychologists working with detainees in therapeutic communities. Psychologists providing psycho-social support to detainees play an important role by flanking treatment services and tackling problematic drug use in prisons. Thus, the goal of the project is to improve psychologists’ counselling skills. The training seminar which will take place in September 2012 will provide an introduction to art therapy as a powerful method to facilitate the rehabilitation process of detainees vulnerable to drug dependence. In addition, the project team will actively involve detainees in a drawing contest and a poster competition. The project is part of the larger international project “Preventing Drug Trafficking and Abuse in Prisons – Extending Best practices in Moldova, Romania, Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina”.
Republic of Moldova – New member State as from 12 June 2012
Following the adoption of the Law N°75 regarding Moldova’s accession to the Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs (Pompidou Group) of the Council of Europe, adopted by the Parliament on 12 April 2012, the Republic of Moldova sent its official letter to Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, announcing this decision and thus becoming the 37th member of the Pompidou Group. Moldova’s accession will reinforce the role of the Pompidou Group in Eastern Europe and contribute to further increase the constructive co-operation which started in 1998. Currently the Pompidou Group collaborates with Moldova in the fields of drug treatment in prisons, drug prevention for youth and in the development of systems to improve drug detection in European airports.
suite National Anti-Drug Strategy 2011-2018 as approved by the government

suite National Action Plan 2011-2013
Mediterranean Network (MedNET) – 12th plenary meeting to take place in Rome
On 18 June 2012, the Mediterranean network will hold its 12th plenary meeting in Rome, organised at the invitation of Italy, a MedNET member country. The participants of 11 countries will review the implementation of the 2012 work programme during the 1st semester and decide on the implementation of other activities for the rest of the year. Representatives of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia will report on the activities that have been carried out in their country. MedNET members are also invited to participate in a meeting organised on 19 June 2012 by the Department of the Italian Anti-Drug policy of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in order to look into national drug strategies and action plans in the Mediterranean Region.
suite 2012 MedNET Work Programme
suite Meeting's agenda
Drug use among 15-16 years old teenagers - Publication of the new ESPAD survey 2011
The ESPAD survey (European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs ) is, since 1995, coordinated by the Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAN), with the support of the Pompidou Group. It is conducted every four years and compares the use of psychoactive substances by approximately 100 000 teenagers aged 15-16 who are enrolled in schools in 36 European countries. Expected by researchers and policymakers, the results of the survey which took place in 2011 are now available.
suite Link to the ESPAD reports' webpage
suite Link to the ESPAD Website
Seminar "Prevention and treatment of addiction" in Tunis
For the first time since the Tunisian Revolution, officials from different ministries, doctors and managers from Association met in Tunis on 17 and 18 May 2012 under the aegis of the Ministry of Health to openly discuss the issues of addiction. Opened by the Minister of Health, the seminar provided an opportunity to have a debate on epidemiology, prevention, treatment and to discuss the legal framework of addiction. A national multi-dimensional strategy on drugs is to be developed on the basis of the recommendations of this seminar and should consider the setting up of a National Observatory for Drugs and Drug Addiction.
suite Programme (in French)
High-level conference on drug prevention in the workplace
The Pompidou Group is organising a high-level conference on "Alcohol, drugs and prevention in the workplace: what are the issues and challenges for the government, the company and the staff?" taking place on 14-15 May 2012 in Strasbourg. During this conference, a reference framework resulting from one year’s analysis of the situation will be presented as a result of the work of the Ad hoc Experts Group on the prevention of drug use at the workplace. The objective is to encourage in each member state the setting-up of a policy to prevent addictive behaviour with due regard to human rights and personal freedoms and as a lever to improve working conditions. Representatives from 19 countries and the International Labour Office, the World Health Organisation, Eurofound and the European Agency on Safety and Health will participate in the conference and adopt recommendations intended to provide guidance to all those who have responsibility for addressing alcohol- and drug-related problems at the workplace. Programme of the conference
suite Programme of the conference
suite Related webpage
Project "Sport instead of Drugs" – Tag Rugby Tournament in the Republic of Moldova
Over 200 boys and girls from different regions on both banks of the river Nistru/Dniestr participated on 28-29 April 2012 at the Tag Rugby Tournament organised by the Council of Europe Confidence Building Measures Programme together with the Pompidou Group. The event was complemented with specific drug prevention exercises for teenagers on how to resist peer pressure and live healthy life-styles. In addition, the tournament aimed at building confidence between the populations from both sides of the river and engaging disadvantaged young people in sports.
The 28 teams (14 from each side of the river bank) were picked from schools and NGOs, which work with children at risk such as abandoned and street children. All teenagers participated enthusiastically and showed outstanding performances in the matches. The success of the event was facilitated by professional coaches from the United Kingdom and the support of local Rugby federations.
After the tournament the four winning teams received trophies and all teenagers were awarded with a certificate of achievement at a ceremony in Chisinau. Mass media broadcasted the event and a film team will produce a documentary about the tournament.
suite Photos
suite Link to the first documentary produced
Etienne Apaire meeting the Council of Europe’s Secretary General
On 10 April 2012, Etienne Apaire, President of the inter-ministerial mission against drug abuse (MILDT), has met Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg not only to report on the work and state of the arts after one year and a half mandate of the French Presidency of the Pompidou Group but also to look into future perspectives. The discussion also focused on the assets of the pan-European forum that allows for rapid responses to emerging issues (drugs in the workplace, chemical precursors diversion, treatment) and for cooperation activities (Mediterranean Region, South-Eastern Europe) where a balanced membership is essential to exchange good practices at a large scale.
suite Link to the Presidency's webpage
New policy paper providing guidance to policy makers
The Policy paper providing guidance to policy makers for developing coherent policies for licit and illicit drug, unanimously adopted by the Pompidou Group in December 2011, aims to provide decision makers and policy managers with an overview of the basic principles, instruments and tools that will support them in developing, reviewing and implementing drug policies, strategies and action plans.
It summarises key elements for coherent drug policies and effective strategies in the form of a series of guiding principles. It also lists a selection of relevant instruments, tools and resources proposed by European and international organisations (Appendix 1) and sets out a number of key observations by policy makers on existing practice (Appendix 2).
This document exists in English, French and Russian
suite Link to the document in English, in French, in Russian
Documentary “Drug Prevention for Youth – Sport Instead of Drugs” now online
In October 2011, the Pompidou Group successfully organised the training seminar “Drug Prevention for Youth – Sport Instead of Drugs” in collaboration with the Council of Europe Programme on Confidence Building Measures Across the River Nistru/Dniestr. In the framework of this event leaders of NGOs, school teachers and sport coaches from both banks of the river Nistru/Dniestr in the Republic of Moldova travelled together by bus to Odessa where the training seminar took place. A short documentary about the event has been produced and is now available on our website. As a follow-up to the seminar, a Tag Rugby tournament for youth will take place in Chisinau and Tiraspol, 29-30 April 2012.
suite Documentary
Launch of a training video on Opiate Substitution Treatment in Prisons
The press conference and video presentation of the training video “Opiate Substitution Treatment in Prisons” took place in Chisinau at the Codru Hotel, 21 March 2012. The video was produced by the Pompidou Group in collaboration with the Moldovan Department of Penitentiary Institutions for the training of prison staff. It presents a model of the opiate substitution treatment (OST) in managing opiate dependence of inmates in the Republic of Moldova.
Vladimir GROSU, Deputy Minister of Justice of the Republic of Moldova, and Patrick PENNINCKX, Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group, opened the event. Both underlined the importance of continued collaboration between the Republic of Moldova and the Pompidou Group regarding drug treatment programmes in Moldovan prisons. The event was attended by experts working in the field and representatives of international organisations. TV channels and printing press reported about the event informing the broader public about the needs of inmates with drug dependence.
suite Brochure presenting the video
suite Link to the video
Official visit to the Republic of Moldova
During the high-level visit to the Republic of Moldova (20-21 March 2012), Patrick PENNINCKX, Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group, met Alexei ROIBU, Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, Eugen CARPOV, Deputy Prime Minister of Reintegration, Vladimir GROSU, Deputy Minister of Justice, and Viorel SOLTAN, Deputy Minister of Health. The objective of this visit was to foster the cooperation with the Republic of Moldova concerning drug supply and demand reduction strategies.
Etienne Apaire meeting the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Paris
On 9 March 2012, an exchange of views took place between Etienne Apaire, President of the MILDT and President of the Pompidou Group, and the members of the Standing Committee of the PACE who met in the National Assembly. During this meeting, Etienne Apaire drew up an overview on drugs in Europe. After recalling the mission and strengths of the Pompidou Group, he presented the priorities of the French Presidency. For Etienne Apaire, the role of the Pompidou Group may be essential as regards the exchange of good practices within the wider European, the innovation in policy initiatives as well as the practical achievements both in the field of prevention and care and the fight against drug trafficking. He also wants the Group's activities to fall within the framework of the great achievements of the Council of Europe in view of promoting and protecting democracy, defending human rights and building the rule of law in Europe. He stated "We share (in Europe) a problem affecting the health and safety of our citizens, our duty is to protect them from drugs. The challenge is great, we share the responsibility. Our response must be up to the expectations, comprehensive and solidarity based. In order to achieve this, I rely on the support of you all.”
Drug policy co-operation in South-East Europe and the Balkans
The first meeting on drug policy co-operation in South-East Europe and the Balkans was held from 29 February to 1 March 2012 in Dubrovnik (Croatia). It was organised at the initiative of the Slovenian and Croatian authorities as a follow-up to the declaration on the reinforcement of international co-operation among drug authorities in the region of South-Eastern Europe adopted at the High-level Conference on 13 December 2011 in Ljubljana. The meeting was aiming at actively supporting the further development of the co-operation on drug policy in the region and enhance the dialogue as well as the exchange of practical experiences. As a result, the next EXASS Net meeting will be organised around the topics of rehabilitation and reintegration services in September 2012 in Zagreb.
MedNET work programme 2012 – Implementation is progressing at a rapid pace with new activities and more countries involved
Following the adoption of the 2012 work programme of the Mediterranean network for co-operation on drugs and addictions (MedNET), the state of progress concerning the implementation of the approved activities is the following:
- The Lebanese project on "Creating agents of prevention" started in February and will train eighteen prevention agents within seven months;
- In Jordan, the Treatment demand data collection Project is about to start and an overview of the data collecting systems will be available soon;
- The programme in Tunisia will start with a study-visit of a delegation in the coming months to the Cypriot National Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction;
- In Morocco, the training for specialists on addictology is on-going at the Faculty of Medicine in Casablanca and Rabat and activities on drug prevention will follow;
- In Egypt, the project "Filling the gap" is coming to an end concerning the needs assessment and the recommendations to change the national law will be developed. A new project on Gender Oriented Care of Substance Dependent Women in Egypt will follow.

Concerning multilateral activities, a new working group - involving not only MedNET members but also representatives from Czech Republic, Lithuania, Switzerland and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” - is examining the integration of addictology training into drug policy development. Within the regional activities, two seminars have been planned: one on the use of drug research in policy in the Mediterranean Region which will be held in Rabat on 22 and 23 March 2012 with participation from 10 countries and one on combating drug trafficking in airports hosted for the first time by Spain in Madrid on 25 and 26 October 2012 with representatives of 20 countries. The Italian authorities have invited the MedNET steering committee which will review the state of progress of these activities to hold its bi-annual meeting in Rome on 18 June 2012.
Executive Training in 2012
This year's Pompidou Group’s Executive Training on Drug Policy will focus on "Joint ‘anti-drug’ campaigns" and take place in two modules: a needs assessment seminar (10-12 May 2012) and the qualifying seminar (17-21 September 2012) which will both be held at the European Youth Centre in Budapest. The objectives are two-fold: one is about improving cooperation between law enforcement, public health, social services and other stakeholders in organising campaigns aimed at preventing substance abuse and addiction and the other about exploring the role and contributions of stakeholders in developing and running campaigns together. It consists also of identifying potential benefits for cooperating partners and the added value of cooperating in devising successful campaigns. The training course is targeting managers from governmental institutions who are responsible for developing and/or implementing drug policies and/or coordinating related programme implementation, service delivery and cooperation with stakeholders. Should you be interested in participating in this training, please contact the Permanent Correspondent of the Pompidou Group in your country. Nominations for participation are made by the Permanent Correspondents.
suite List of national contacts
suite Course outline
suite Further information can be obtained by writing an e-mail to: dgi.training-pompidou@coe.int
Apaire Etienne, President of the Pompidou Group, sends his best wishes for a Happy New Year 2012
In 2011, four new countries joined the group. The accession of Morocco, Serbia, “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and Montenegro shows that the year just past was rich and successful. In 2012, the Presidency wishes to consolidate these achievements, encouraging new memberships and increasing participation in the debates. The priority will be to develop closer cooperation with Eastern Europe and the Balkans as agreed during the discussion at the high-level conference in Ljubljana. Moreover, the objective is to continue, through the Mediterranean Network (MedNET), the links with the countries of the Southern rim of the Mediterranean. The Presidency also attaches particular importance to a better visibility of the results obtained in different areas of expertise of the group. In addition, it considers as essential to organise events on specific topics in order to develop exchanges on issues of drugs and drug addiction among the different countries. Thus, conferences will be organised on the prevention of addiction in the workplace on 14 and 15 May 2012 and on the prevention of chemical precursors diversion in November 2012. Finally, an important event will close up the year, the mid-term conference during which the Pompidou Group’s work programme 2011-2014 will be evaluated and, as a highlight, the 5th European Drug Prevention Prize will be awarded to the three winning projects.
suite Video - publication of a French study on drug use in the workplace
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