The ministerial conference

The Ministerial Conference is the Pompidou Group’s policy-making body. It is the high-level political forum where Ministers responsible for drug policies meet, as a general rule, every four years. Ministers from non-member states may also attend subject to a specific decision being taken by the Group to that end.

The role of the Ministerial Conference is to formulate the strategic direction of, and priorities for, the Group’s work. Ministers consider a report drawn up by the Permanent Correspondents on the activities of the past four years. They then approve the work programme and elect the Presidency and Vice-Presidency for the coming period. The final declaration adopted by the Ministers at the end of the Ministerial Conference, based on the results and conclusions from the Group’s work, sets out the broad policy direction to be followed by the Group in the coming years.

The next Ministerial Conference is due to take place in December 2022.

previous ministerial conferences previous ministerial conferences
17th Ministerial Conference - Stavanger, 27-28 November 2018

Attended by some 110 participants, including several ministers and state secretaries, government officials and leaders of international organisations, the 17th Ministerial Conference of the Pompidou Group was dedicated to the theme “Sustainable drug policies respectful of human rights”. One of the main outcomes of the Conference was the launch of a revision of the founding resolution to make the Group fit for the challenges of the 21st century.



16th Ministerial Conference - Strasbourg, 19-20 November 2014

Ministerial Conference 2014

Delegations from all over Europe as well as from non-European countries met at the 16th Ministerial Conference of the Pompidou Group to forge ahead with the anti-drug policies of tomorrow. Seven ministers and more than fifty national delegations attended.



15th Ministerial Conference - Strasbourg, 3-4 November 2010

The 15th Ministerial Conference was dedicated to the theme “Towards a coherent policy on psychoactive substances”. The high-level officials who attended renewed their commitment to the Pompidou Group as a unique and flexible forum in Europe for addressing policy, research and practice through open debate, which contributes to reducing drug misuse and combating illicit trafficking and the associated adverse effects.