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

High-level meetings in Kiev

Jan Malinowski, Executive Secretary, and Robert Teltzrow, Principal Project Consultant of the Pompidou Group met policy-makers in Kiev on 27-28 January 2016. They discussed current projects on improving drug treatment services for refugees and in prisons as well as drug policy development in Ukraine. The Ukrainian interlocutors expressed support for Ukraine’s accession to the Pompidou Group. On 28 January the Pompidou Group delegation participated at the steering committee meeting on the Council of Europe project “Strengthening the Human Rights Protection of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine”. The Deputy Minister of Justice and the Deputy Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine as well as high-level stakeholders and international partners attended the meeting and endorsed project actions on psycho-social support for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) that will be implemented by the Pompidou Group in the framework of this project.

  The 2015 MedNET activity report paves the way for reinforced cooperation in the Mediterranean region in 2016

Mrs Jourdain-Menninger, Chair of the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce against Drugs and Addictive Behaviour of France, says in the foreword of the new MedNet activity report:

“It is a real pleasure for me to be able to present this 2015 activity report of the MedNET network, which testifies once again to the commitment of our countries and our common concern with regard to drug use in this highly strategic region. Scientific observation of the phenomena concerned is one of the network’s priorities, reflected in assistance with setting up, and support for, national monitoring centres. The data collected constitute an aid to policy-making. The MedSPAD surveys complete the picture. In addition to this, the support provided for university degrees in addictology demonstrates the importance attached to training, which ensures that professionals develop an awareness of addictive behaviour.”


MedNet Activity Report

  Learn from the best: 2016 Pompidou Group Executive Training on Drug Policy.

The “Training for effective cooperation: Interaction between governments and civil society organisations” is a unique opportunity to learn from top trainers and meet with representatives from both government and public institutions, and civil society organisations. As a trainee you will explore efficient ways of cooperation in order to achieve the common goal of improving the lives of people. In addition, you will have the opportunity to influence European Drug Policies through contributing to the Pompidou Group proposals for government interactions with civil society on drug policy issues which are expected to be adopted by the Pompidou Group’s Permanent Correspondents at the end of 2016. The first module of the training course will take place on 6-8 June 2016 in Helsinki and the second module on 12-15 September 2016 in Stockholm. If you are interested in applying for the training programme, please contact the Permanent Correspondent of your country or the Pompidou Group Secretariat (Pompidou.Training@coe.int). The deadline for applications is 15 February 2016. For more information, please click HERE.
  Is drug policy a choice between a rat cage and a rat paradise?

Reflections by Jan Malinowski, Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group, on the occasion of the international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking - 26 June.

“If we are confronted with different décors for drug-prone stress, neglect and hopelessness, against a possible backdrop of trauma – should the response not address the root cause with empathy, understanding and human warmth (the stereotypical: confront drugs with hugs) rather than stigmatisation and punishment?”

The topic has been covered in different languages. See the links below:


Tender notice for prison wards refurbishing in Moldova.

The Pompidou Group together with the Department of Penitentiary Institutions of the Republic of Moldova is looking for a construction company that can refurbish a prison ward in Pruncul Prison, Republic of Moldova.

To open the tender notice, CLICK HERE

Welcome Monaco as the 38th member state!

The Pompidou Group welcomes Monaco as its newest member, bringing the number of member states to 38. Monaco joined the Council of Europe in 2004 and the Pompidou Group on 1 January 2016. Monaco’s geographic position in the Mediterranean region makes it a strong partner when it comes to improving international drug policy responses regionally, Europe-wide and globally. As an enlarged Council of Europe partial agreement, the Pompidou Group accepts non-European countries, and counts Israel and Morocco among its members. Mexico is an observer and other active participants include the European Commission and various international agencies. Many other countries participate in thematic activities (law enforcement, drug treatment in prisons), or country specific and regional activities (Mediterranean Network, South East Europe).

Why do countries join the Pompidou Group? Click HERE: Pompidou Group: adding value to drug policy.

Seminar on Women, Drugs and Violence in Europe and the Mediterranean Region, Rome, 10-11 December 2015.

Under its mandate of introducing gender dimension in drug policy, Pompidou Group published in 2014 a research on the gender dimension of the non-medical use of prescription drugs which called for a better understanding of the link between drug use among women and violence. As a result, a review of literature on violence (experienced or perpetrated) and use of psychoactive substance by women was conducted. To dig deeper in the phenomenon, a consultation of professionals via focus groups was conducted in 2015 in four countries: France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. The outcome of this consultation was presented at the seminar and complemented by the experience of professionals in addiction treatment as well as from the field of harm and risk reduction along with interventions from policy makers. The participants from 22 countries attempted to assess the situation: how is exposure of women to violence taken into account in risk reduction and addiction treatment systems, understand the difficulties and needs of staff, and make recommendations to addressing more effectively violence involving women addicted to psychoactive substances through examples of services that work or practical guidelines for professionals.
This seminar was hosted by the Department for Anti-Drug Policies of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in Italy and was organised in collaboration with the Pompidou Group.

Please look at our gender page under our activities and find our publications.  Also, please find the programme of the event HERE.

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3-5, Lisbon
Study visit to Portugal of Egyptian delegation

9, Paris
MedSPAD Committee

8-11, Bordeaux,
Study visit of Algerian delegation to Bordeaux OST Centres

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