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The Co-operation Group of Drug Control Services at European Airports and the Expert Group on General Aviation facilitate co-operation for law enforcement agencies to reduce illegal trafficking by sharing information on improving control, risk management, profiling, detection and investigative measures.

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The Co-operation Group of Drug Control Services at European Airports was founded in 1986. Its objectives are to develop a harmonised multidisciplinary strategy for drug detection at international airports and in general aviation, and to enhance subject-related inter-airports co-operation.

 

 Main aims
  • Develop an annual review of drug seizures in European Airports in cooperation with the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office of Western Europe (RILO/WE);
  • Build a network of experts within drug control services in commercial aviation;
  • Enhance the use of special law enforcement techniques and tools, such as the restricted Resource Bank on Controlled Deliveries;
  • Follow up on new developments and trends in legislative initiatives at national and international level;
  • Analyse trafficking trends, routes, risks, seizures, modus operandi, etc.;
  • Identify practical arrangements for cooperation among control and security services at international airports, including the private sector.

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Law enforcement and border officials are increasingly confronted with criminal groups that are using non-commercial flights and aircraft such as ultra-light aviation, private jets, helicopters, and drones to smuggle drugs and proceeds of crime worldwide. The overall aim of the Pompidou Group’s expert group is to reduce illegal trafficking through general aviation and to prevent the abuse of general aviation traffic through improved control, risk management, profiling, and detection and investigative measures.

 

 Main aims
  • Build a network of experts within drug control services in general aviation;
  • Enhance the use of special law enforcement techniques and tools, such as the creation of the restricted European Handbook on General Aviation;
  • Follow up on new developments and trends in legislative initiatives at national and international level;
  • Analyse trafficking trends, routes, risks, seizures, modus operandi, etc.;
  • Identify practical arrangements for cooperation among control and security services at international airports, including the private sector.

 European Handbook on General Aviation

This handbook has been developed through close co-operation between delegates from Pompidou Group member states and our partners for the benefit of law enforcement officers and first responders working in the field of general aviation. It was finalised in 2020 and has been distributed among the member states. The handbook sets out the legal framework, best practices, strategies, contact information and guidelines for practitioners in the field of general aviation.

  Please contact the Secretariat to request printed copies of the European Handbook on General Aviation.

   

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The Resource Bank is hosted by the Pompidou Group and maintained in co-operation with Europol, Eurojust, Interpol, OSCE, SELEC, and in co-ordination with the Council of Europe’s Expert Committee on the Operation of European Conventions on Co-operation in Criminal Matters (PC-OC). It is based on a secure and confidential online platform and contains relevant national information (including legal basis, responsible authorities, and access to national 24/7 Single Points of Contact in real-time) related to Controlled Deliveries. Only participating countries may access the Resource Bank.

 Find out more about this initiative

 Watch introduction video on the Resource Bank

 Open Resource Bank on Controlled Deliveries (only with password)

 Don't have access? Please contact your Permanent Correspondent to request it. 

  

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Date and place for the yearly law enforcement meetings can be consulted in the Pompidou Group's calendar of activities

Law enforcement agents can contact their Permanent Correspondent to be nominated for annual meetings. 

Officers from non-member states may contact the Secretariat for further information.