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Bureau sets targets for 2015

The first 2015 Permanent Correspondents Bureau Meeting was held in Paris on 27 January. Ms. Lilly-Sofie Ottesen, Deputy Director General of the Department of Public Health in the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Service, chaired the meeting. She presented the priorities of the Norwegian Presidency of the Pompidou Group. The members of the Bureau also discussed implementation of the 2015 – 2018 Work Programme adopted by the Pompidou Group’s Ministers at their end-November conference, and agreed the terms of reference for the related activities. Jan Malinowski, the Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group informed the Bureau about recent developments in the Council of Europe and activities of the Secretariat. The Bureau also prepared the 76th meeting of Permanent Correspondents to be held in Strasbourg on 27 and 28 May 2015 where one of the main topics will be future interaction with civil society.

  Drug trafficking through airports, Precursor Diversion and Cybercrime

Law enforcement experts of the Pompidou Group agreed that more international cooperation is needed to tackle blind spots and new trends in drug trafficking through airports, precursor diversions and cybercrime in Europe. During preparatory meetings at the Council of Europe office in Paris from 20 to 22 January 2015 they set the objectives for major law enforcement encounters in 2015. Drugs-related cybercrime specialists considered the transversal coordination among international organisations and acknowledged that, in the mutual interest, new trends in drug trafficking using digital platforms require increased cooperation between countries. The general aviation group identified research and law enforcement training needed to better respond to trafficking by light aircraft and remotely piloted devices. Diversion of substances used to manufacture drugs is a growing concern and specific emphasis will be put on the emerging trend of methamphetamine production. The Czech Republic generously offered to host the next meeting of the precursors network in Prague in September 2015.

The Pompidou Group wishes you a Happy New Year!

2014 was a successful year for the Pompidou Group. We were able to respond rapidly to the humanitarian crisis in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine by providing assistance in the continuation of Opiate Substitution Treatment and to internally displaced persons in these crisis-stricken regions. Thanks to additional contributions from our Member States we managed to increase the number of our training programmes and research projects, generating extra activities to prevent and treat drug addiction in particularly vulnerable groups, such as refugees and prisoners, and to reduce the risks and harms related to drug use. The Pompidou Group broke new ground by facilitating international cooperation on drug-related cybercrime.


Norway elected for Presidency of the Pompidou Group

Ministers and Heads of Delegations elected Norway for the 2015-2018 Presidency of the Pompidou Group represented by Secretary of State from Norway Mrs Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg and Italy, represented by Mrs Patrizia de Rose Head of Technical Scientific and General Affairs Office Department for Anti-Drug Policies, for the Vice-Presidency at the 16th Ministerial Conference which took place in Strasbourg on 19-20 November. Moreover, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, congratulated Minister Malden Ćavar on Bosnia-Herzegovina joining the Pompidou Group and becoming the 37th Member State. Another highlight was the announcement of the three winning youth organisations of the European Drug Prevention Prize from France, Portugal and Croatia.


Children see, Children act

The Pompidou Group launched its new drug prevention clip “Children see, Children act” during its workshop on Parenting Skills and Drug Prevention in Kiev, 10-12 October 2014. The clip is part of a joint drug prevention media campaign by the Pompidou Group, the Ukrainian State Drug Control Service, UNICEF and Aids Foundation East-West (AFEW). At the workshop NGO leaders, educators and prevention specialists from all regions of Ukraine discussed how to better involve parents in drug prevention activities. Over one hundred persons applied for the workshop reflecting the urgent need in Ukraine to provide training on primary drug prevention. The workshop has been jointly organised by the Pompidou Group and AFEW.

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Apply for the Pompidou Group’s Executive Training on Drug Policy 2015!

You are a drug policy manager and you want to improve your knowledge about drug policies in Europe. You also want to prepare yourself together with top drug experts for the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016).Then you should apply for the Pompidou Group's Executive Training on Drug Policy 2015. Application for the training can be send to your national Permanent Correspondents of the Pompidou Group or directly to the Pompidou Group Secretariat: Pompidou.Training@coe.int
Participation is open to all Council of Europe member States, MedNET countries and interested observers. The deadline for applications is 30 January 2015. The training course outline can be downloaded HERE

New Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group

On 1 December 2014, Jan Malinowski became the new Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group. He said that he will guide the work of the Pompidou Group’s Secretariat “in close cooperation with the Member States and the Bureau of Permanent Correspondents” and “build on the considerable tangible achievements to date coupled with the innovative approach that has characterised the Group from its origins”.

Mr Malinowski joined the Council of Europe over 21 years ago and first worked in the Secretariat of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT). Before joining the Pompidou Group, between 2005 and 2014, he was responsible for ground-breaking work on media policy, freedom of expression and Internet governance, bringing the Council of Europe to the forefront of the debate. Lately, he also had responsibility for data protection and cybercrime. Jan Malinowski is a lawyer, qualified in Spain and in England, with eight years of professional practice prior to joining the Council of Europe.

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2-4, Ukraine
Advocacy workshop

4-5, Moldova
Launch of the Therapeutic Community in Prisons project

2-6, Malta
Palestinian delegation study visit to Malta /OST

11, Paris
MedSPAD Committee

12, Paris
MedSPAD (Algiers, Tunis)

13, Paris
MedSPAD Egypt

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