The Pompidou Group’s core mission is to contribute to the development of effective and
evidence-based drug policies in its member states.
It provides a multidisciplinary forum at the wider European level where it is possible for policy-makers, professionals and researchers to discuss and exchange information and ideas on the whole range of drug misuse and trafficking problems.
It seeks to link policy, practice and science and it focuses particularly on the realities of the implementation of local drug programmes.
The objectives of the Pompidou Group are laid out in the work programme, which is drawn up by the Permanent Correspondents and approved by the Ministerial Conference. The work programme specifies the activities that will be carried out during a four-year period. It defines the purpose of these activities as well as, to the extent possible, the form that they will take, their target group, the timescale and the financial aspects.
Work programme 2011-2014
The Pompidou Group is a Partial Agreement within the Council of Europe. This is “a form of co-operation allowing the pursuit of certain activities not supported by all member states of the Council of Europe. Consequently, only interested member states participate in such an Agreement and bear the costs.”
Besides their contribution to the general budget, participating countries can also contribute towards specific goals. Such additional contributions are particularly relevant where a country or countries propose(s) an activity which is a priority only for a small group of members.
The Pompidou Group’s general budget for 2011 amounts to 1 603 900 €.
A. The Ministerial Conference
The Ministerial Conference is the political authority of the Pompidou Group. It gathers every four years the Ministers having responsibility for drugs policies in their own countries and adopts the Group's work programme.
B. The Permanent Correspondents
The Permanent Correspondents are appointed by their governments to represent them within the Pompidou Group, to follow its activities and prepare its work programme.
C. The Bureau of Permanent Correspondents
Day-to-day decisions between Permanent Correspondents’ sessions are taken by the Bureau
D. Ad hoc expert groups
Ad hoc expert groups provide multi-disciplinary expertise on specific questions and topics
E. The Projects
The work programme also includes a variety of specific activities of co-operation, assistance and training.
F. The Secretariat
The Secretariat is incorporated into the Council of Europe, which is based in Strasbourg, France. It assists in the preparation, implementation and facilitation of the Pompidou Group’s activities.