Task and structureThe 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.

Activities

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.

Financing

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 2015 amounts to 1 285 100 €.