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Youth Innovation in Drug Prevention
The Pompidou Group's European Drug Prevention Prize was first launched in 2004. It is awarded every two years. In each two-year cycle, up to three prizes are awarded. The 2016 Prize is the seventh cycle. A video with the 2016 prize winners is now available online. Information on the 2014 prize winners is HERE. You can find information about earlier prize-winners by following the links in the 'Successful Projects' box on this webpage.

Prize-winners are high-quality drug prevention projects that fully involve young people. Young people are involved in the development and implementation of activities, in project decisions, in project management and perhaps in project evaluation.

The Pompidou Group awards the Prize to highlight high-quality drug prevention projects that have proved successful in practice in involving young people. It aims to encourage the development of drug prevention work where young people are actively participating. The Pompidou Group believes that the genuine involvement of young people improves the possibilities of successful drug prevention.

The projects which apply are evaluated by a Jury of seven young people (aged between 16 and 21 at the time of their appointment) recruited from the Pompidou Group's and Council of Europe member States. The jurors are selected by the Pompidou Group based on their experience of youth participation in drug prevention. Jurors serve for two terms. In 2016, three of the jurors served for the 2014 Prize and four are new to the Jury. In 2016, the jurors come from France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Morocco, Poland and Slovenia. The Jury is advised by a former juror and by a drug prevention expert, but only jury members take the decisions on awarding the Prize.

The prize-winners each receive a trophy, a diploma and a prize-money of €5.000. Previous prize-winners say that the recognition of their value by the Pompidou Group has been invaluable in helping them to secure funding.
Prize 2016
The Call for Applications for the Pompidou Group's 2016 European Drug Prevention Prize opened on 1 April 2016.

Applications were sought from all member States of the Pompidou Group and of the Council of Europe as well as the MedNET countries.

Further details HERE

Recent News
suite The 7th European Drug Prevention Prize of Pompidou Group was awarded on Tuesday 15th November 2014 in Venice during a Reception on the occasion of the Pompidou Group’s Symposium on NPS.

Three Prizes – each consisting of a trophy and a cheque for €5,000 – were awarded for innovative work in drug prevention with the active involvement and participation of youth.

In September, the Jury of six young people from Morocco, Iceland, Israel, Macedonia, Poland and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” had examined 47 applications from 22 countries and selected the three projects they considered to be the most innovative in terms of content, efficiency and active youth participation. Four other projects which they found interesting and worthwhile were nominated for their noteworthy work in drug prevention with the active involvement of youth.

suite The 2016 Prize Jury met in Strabsourg in March 2016. This was an opportunity for the four new jurors to meet the experienced jurors who had served in the 2014 Prize Jury and who are continuing on the 2016 Jury (jurors serve for two Prize Cycles). The jurors considered the criteria that they will use to assess the value of the applicant projects. They also learned more about the institutions of the Council of Europe, such as the European Court of Human Rights.

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Countries eligible to apply for the Pompidou Group's European Drug PreventionPrize
47 Council of Europe member States (Pompidou Group member States in bold):

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finand, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

Other Pompidou Group member States
Israel, Morocco

Pompidou Group observer State

MedNET Countries
Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia