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Go-ahead for prison refurbishment in Moldova

A grant agreement of over 43,000 Euros to refurbish a ward in Pruncul prison in Moldova has been signed by Mr Igor Guja, Director of the Department of Penitentiary Institutions of the Republic of Moldova and Mr Jan Malinowski, Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group. The refurbished area will be used to accommodate a Therapeutic Community where drug-dependent prisoners can learn to live a drug-free life. The agreement was signed on 13 June 2016 during the Pompidou Group side-event on ‘Drugs in Prison - Low cost, high value of Human Rights sensitive responses’ at the 21st European Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services in Zaandam, the Netherlands.

  Airports meeting addressing challenges

85 experts from 36 countries and 11 international organisations participated in the 31st annual meeting of the Airports Group organized by the Pompidou Group on 14-16 June 2016. A great variety of airport and drugs related subjects have been addressed during the event.
RILO opened the meeting with the annual review on drug seizures in airports, followed by presentations on international cooperation, the use of Passenger Name Record, Drug testing in professional environment, swallowers, airport crime, general aviation, money laundering, aviation related fraud, controlled deliveries and risk analysis.
Experts from different countries and international organizations had the opportunity to discuss practical solutions to today’s challenges in airports and build on their established network.


  Tackling drug dependence in Armenian prisons

“Improving further health-care services for drug dependent prisoners is a high priority for the Armenian prison system”, said Ara Hovhannisyan, Head of the Medical Unit of the Criminal Executive Department of the Armenian Ministry of Justice during a workshop organised by the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe. In Yerevan on 9-10 June 2016, two Pompidou Group (PG) drug treatment experts from Slovenia – Dr Andrej Kastelic and Dr Nusa Segrec – shared their knowledge and discussed with 25 prison doctors and psychologists about state-of-the-art interventions to tackle drug dependence in prisons. In the framework of the PG project “Criminal Justice Responses to drug dependent prisoners” of the Council of Europe’s Programatic Coorperation Framework (PCF) programme, the Pompidou Group provides professional training to the Criminal Executive Department and invites Armenia to exchange good practices – such as substitution treatment and harm reduction – with regional and international interlocutors.       

  Fifth Francophone International Colloquy on “The Treatment of Opioid Dependence”

Following Montreal, Paris, Geneva and Brussels, the Fifth Francophone International Colloquy on “The Treatment of Opioid Dependence” is scheduled to take place in Rabat on November 30th and December 1st and 2nd, 2016. Its theme is access to ODT, a challenge for human rights.

This colloquy is supported by the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe, the Swiss Society of Addiction Medicine (SSAM), the French Swiss Group of Addiction Studies (GREA), the French Swiss College of Addiction Medicine (COROMA), the Addiction Federation (FA) and the Brussels Federation of Institutions for Drug Addicts (FEDITO). The Moroccan Addictology Association (AMA) is a stakeholder in the organization of this international event.

The colloquy will take place at the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco. It will be preceded by MedNET’s 20th meeting on November 30th also celebrating the 10th MedNET anniversary.


Call for applications: European Drug Prevention Prize 2016.

Apply for the Pompidou Group 2016 European Drug Prevention Prize and win €5.000.
The Prize is awarded every two years to drug prevention projects made by young people from 47 Council of Europe member States as well as other member States of the Pompidou Group and members of the Group's Mediterranean Network for Co-operation on Drugs and Addictions (MedNET). Up to three projects will be awarded a Prize. At the Award Ceremony every winner will receive a Prize Trophy, a Prize Diploma and €5.000 for their further development.
The applications should reach the Pompidou Group secretariat by 31 July 2016. Please read the instructions carefully and submit your application by email to pompidou.preventionprize@coe.int.

Pompidou Group 2016 Executive Training

2016 Pompidou Group Executive Training on “Effective cooperation: interaction between governments and civil society organisations” gathered together 38 participants from 23 countries in Helsinki, Finland this week for the First Module Seminar. The training aims to provide both policy managers and civil society organisations with guidance and tools for meaningful and efficient mutual cooperation in the field of drug policy. Equally represented participants from both sectors will have the opportunity at the Second Module Seminar organised this autumn to contribute to the Pompidou Group proposals for government interactions with civil society on drug policy issues containing principles, ways and means, opportunities and challenges which are currently under preparation and expected to be adopted by the Pompidou Group’s Permanent Correspondents at the end of 2016. 

MedNET continues its work in 2016 as an essential network of cooperation of the Pompidou Group in the Mediterranean region

The only network of the PG with a policy-making mechanism, a work program that meets the countries' request, specific funding sources and a cooperation that goes beyond the framework of its twelve member countries, MedNET during its 19th meeting in Strasbourg on May 30th, 2016, reviewed the implementation of the work program in the first half of 2016. This program perpetuates the actions undertaken for the establishment of observatories in the region and multiplies the MedSPAD school surveys, particularly in Algeria, Egypt and Morocco in 2016. The development of national drug strategies, the increase in care services for drug users including the use of OST and the revising of drug legislation are all results that meet the objectives of MedNET, created in 2006. 

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6-8, Helsinki

Needs assessment seminar Executive training 2016

9-10, Yerevan

Workshop on Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation in Prisons

14-16, Strasbourg

31st Airport Group annual Meeting

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