Drug Policy Executive Course, 2021-2022 edition

7 september 2021 strasbourg

The new comprehensive academic course of the Pompidou Group’s International Drug Policy Academy- Drug Policy Executive Course – was launched on 24 August during the Module I organised in Strasbourg on 24-27 August 2021. This three-module advanced course is conducted over a 12-month period, with...

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Ukraine becomes 42nd member State of the Pompidou Group

strasbourg 31 august 2021

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has delivered a letter to Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić informing her of his country's decision to join the Pompidou Group as of January 2022. Borys Tarasyuk, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe,...

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6 August 1971: the letter that changed European drug policies

6 August 2021

50 years ago, the late French President Georges Pompidou took a pioneering act in European drug policy cooperation. In his letter of 6 August 1971, addressing the Prime Ministers of the five other countries of the European Economic Community (Germany, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, the...

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International Symposium on ‘Addictions of the 21st Century: Challenges and Effective Responses’

15 July 2021 Online event

Following the results of extensive research conducted over the past 2 decades behavioural addictions facilitated by technologies are now recognised as serious pathologies. A crossover between the use of psychoactive substances and behavioural addictions and the problematic use of information and...

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New Pompidou Group Handbook on In-prison Therapeutic Communities released

17 june 2021

Modern Therapeutic Communities (TCs) complement drug treatment systems in prisons and offer detained people with substance use disorders an environment in which they can reorganise their lives without crime and addictions. The handbook on prison-based TCs was produced by the Pompidou Group (PG)...

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Pompidou Group 50th Anniversary: Committee of Ministers adopts revised statute

16 June 2021 Strasbourg

With the adoption of the revised statute by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 16 June 2021, the Council of Europe’s drug policy cooperation platform (the “Pompidou Group”) has a renewed foundation to shape its future as the key international reference point for human rights...

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Pompidou Group co-organises the second European symposium on Drug consumption rooms on 1 July 2021

1 July 2021 Strasbourg, France

The City of Strasbourg, the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe and the Ithaque Association, which manages Strasbourg’s Argos Low-Risk Drug Consumption Room, in partnership with the Interministerial mission to combat drugs and addictive behaviour (Mildeca), the ARS regional health agency for...

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50th anniversary of the Pompidou Group in the programme of the Council of Europe’s Hungarian Presidency

21 May 2021 Strasbourg, France

On 21 May 2021, Hungary took over the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for a period of six months – for the second time in the thirty years since its accession to the Organisation. Fully committed to the Council of Europe’s mission of building “a freer, more...

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International Harm Reduction Day

Pompidou Group guides legislative and administrative authorities in regulating opioid agonist treatment in line with human rights standards

7 may 2021

Celebrated each year on 7 May, International Harm Reduction Day promotes science and human rights based public health policies and highlights successful practices that contribute to reducing drug related harms in society. Opioid agonist treatment (OAT) is an internationally recognised and proven...

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35th Annual Airports Group Meeting & 5th Annual General Aviation Meeting

Law Enforcement Officers working on Detection, Investigation of Drug Trafficking via Air are invited to participate in upcoming Pompidou Group meetings

15-16 june 2021 online

Annual Meeting of the Co-operation Group of Drug Control Services at European Airports (Airports Group) – 15 June 2021 (online) The Airports Group comprises police, customs, border forces, and other law enforcement officers worldwide. Its main objective is to develop and harmonize tools and...

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New Pompidou Group activity targets children whose parents/primary caregivers use drugs

The Pompidou Group launched a research project on children whose parents/primary caregivers use drugs. The project aims at providing an outcome which will offer a triple perspective : one on children’s rights, one on drug policy and the last one on reducing harm against children by providing...

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Online side event marks 50th anniversary of the Pompidou Group during yearly session of UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

16 April 2021 Vienna, Austria

For 50 years, the Pompidou Group has enabled policy makers, professionals and researchers to exchange experiences and know-how on tackling drug trafficking, drug use and related harms. As part of its anniversary programme, the Pompidou Group organised a side event during the 64th Session of the...

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Pompidou Group participates in 2021 session of the UN’s main drug policy-making body

12 April 2021 Vienna, Austria

As each year, the Pompidou Group is participating in the high-level session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the UN's primary policy-making body on drug-related matters. On the first day of the 64th CND session (12-16 April 2021), António Sales, State Secretary for Health, spoke on...

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Application open: Drug Policy Executive Course - New Comprehensive Advanced Course for senior managers

1 April 2021

The Pompidou Group’s International Drug Policy Academy is now launching the first comprehensive course in drug policy. The advanced Drug Policy Executive Course is designed for professionals who work as managers and senior team members who work in the area of drug policies and addictions. The...

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2021 Pompidou Group Executive Training on ‘Measures to reduce drug related stigma’

30 march 2021

Following the successful training sessions in the previous years, the Pompidou Group is happy to announce that it will organise the Executive Training on Drug Policy in 2021 on ‘Measures to reduce drug related stigma’’. A unique format of the training provides a rare opportunity for professionals...

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Pompidou Group publication presents experiences and responses to the Covid-19 pandemic by frontline workers and people who use drugs

1 march 2021 Strasbourg

The latest Pompidou Group publication, prepared together with Correlation - European Harm Reduction Network, contributes to efforts in continuing service delivery for people with drug dependences, while respecting their human rights. It does so by giving a voice to people who use drugs and other...

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Presidency statement on cooperation between the Pompidou Group and CICAD

headline 1 March 2021 Strasbourg

"The Portuguese Presidency attaches great importance in joint efforts between regional organizations in order to promote drug-related cooperation based on shared values. It therefore highly appreciates the signature of a supplementary arrangement between the Council of Europe and the Organisation...

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Ukraine rolls out Opioid Agonist Treatment in prisons

2-4 February 2021 Online

An important step forward in the fight against HIV/AIDS and Hepatis C: Ukraine started rolling out Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) in its penitentiary institutions in 2019. The Pompidou Group has supported these reforms by training Ukrainian prison staff on comprehensive drug treatment provision...

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3rd Meeting of the Expert Group on Drug Policies and Human Rights: Self-assessment tool

22 January 2021 Online

On Friday, 22.01.2021 the Secretariat hosted the 3rd Meeting of the Expert Group on Drug Policies and Human Rights which was held in the format of an online conference. This working group aims to provide a better understanding of how human rights affect drug policies and how member states can...

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Impact of COVID 19 on migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons who use drugs

A statement was drafted by the members of the Pompidou Group’s Support Network of Professionals (SNP) working in the drug field with migrants, refugees and IDPs. The 9 professionals coming from Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Slovak Republic and Spain have analysed the...

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