Capacity Building

Annual Thematic Training on Drug Policy

The annual Thematic Training on Drug Policy, which was formally called ‘Executive Training’,  was launched during the Polish Presidency of the Pompidou Group in 2010. It links policy, research and practice by offering training and further education in support of drug policy management. The main aim of the Training is to facilitate know-how and build capacities for more effective policy implementation, management and evaluation of drug control policies and related programmes.

Every year a timely topic is chosen by the Permanent Correspondents of the Pompidou Group member states based on their needs in relation to the rapidly changing drug phenomenon. The training consists of two interconnected modules that are facilitated by two seminars, which together make up the Pompidou Group’s unique training concept.

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Training outlines: 2024  20222021 - 2020 - 2019 - 2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010


The Thematic Training is offered to managers from governmental institutions that are responsible for developing and/or implementing drug policies and/or co-ordinating related programme implementation, service delivery and co-operation with stakeholders. Applications from representatives of civil society organisations working in various drug-related sectors are particularly encouraged. The training course is open to all Pompidou Group and Council of Europe member states. Decisions about the participation of interested observer countries are made on a case-by-case basis.

 Working methods

The Thematic Training on Drug Policy has a highly participatory format based on group dynamics where the work is conducted in plenary sessions and working groups combined with on-site visits to selected projects and institutions. The activities are planned and organised by a group of experts in co-operation with the secretariat and the Permanent Correspondents.

 Added value

In addition to the capacity-building effect of this training activity, the seminars produce information of interest to policy makers. In particular, knowledge about ways to overcome barriers and obstacles in policy implementation, as well as ways to improve the quality of work make the training course a valuable source of information at the decision-making level.