Experts from the Mediterranean region exchange experience on conducting school surveys on drug use and addictive behaviours

17 April 2024 Paris, France

The Pompidou Group’s Mediterranean School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (MedSPAD) held its annual committee meeting on 17 April 2024 in the Council of Europe Office in Paris, France. The meeting brought together 16 experts from Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta,...

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Active participation of the Pompidou Group in the 67th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

14-22 March 2024 Vienna, Austria

As each year, the Pompidou Group participated in the 67th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of the United Nation that took place from 14 to 22 March 2024. The high-level segment planned for 14-15 March focused on the midterm review to assess progress made in the implementation of all...

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Pompidou Group’s Italian Presidency delivers statement at the high-level segment of the 67th session of UN drugs commission

14 to 22 March 2024 Vienna, Austria

As each year, the Pompidou Group is participating in the 67th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of the United Nations from 14 to 22 March 2024. The high-level segment on 14-15 March focuses on the midterm review to assess progress made in the implementation of all international drug...

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2024 Pompidou Group Thematic Training on ‘Improving Access and Quality of Treatment Services’

12-15 March 2024 Bologna, Italy

Improving access to and the quality of treatment services is a crucial step in addressing the complex issue of substance use disorders and related mental health challenges. 33 participants from 19 Pompidou Group members states gathered in Bologna, Italy on 12-15 March 2024 for the Module I of the...

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Georgian municipal representatives and state probation specialists work together to improve services for juveniles

22-23 February 2024 Tbilisi, Georgia

Improving services for juveniles in conflict with the law and probationers, integrating them at both central and municipal levels remains a significant challenge in Georgia. To address this issue, a Working Group Meeting was organized on 22-23 February 2024 in Tbilisi, bringing together...

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Another group of specialists working in the criminal justice system of Georgia was trained on pressing issues of mental health

19-21 February Tbilisi, Georgia

Mental health assessment, stigma and effective communication, screening tools, roles and functions of the multidisciplinary team, motivational interviewing, prevention of professional burnout and secondary traumatization, knowledge on these and other important issues was deepened, and practical...

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International Forum on addictive behaviours and crimes associated with internet use

19-20 December 2023 Mexico City

Over 200 representatives from 20 countries gathered in Mexico City on 19-20 December at the Mexican Ministry for Security and Citizen Protection. The Forum was co-organised by the Pompidou Group, the Mexican Foreign Ministry and the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the...

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The Closing Conference of the Pompidou Group first field Project in Georgia

18 December 2023 Tbilisi, Georgia

The Pompidou Group marks an important milestone with the closing ceremony of its first field project, "Developing a Drug Prevention Support Network for Parents and Professionals," held in Tbilisi, Georgia on 18 December 2023. Representatives from Georgian ministries, state institutions, agencies,...

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The European Union and the Council of Europe jointly supporting the prison reform in Ukraine

11 December 2023

The Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group and the Project team in charge of the Criminal Justice and Health in Prison Programme participated on 11 December in the closing event of the project ‘EU and Council of Europe working together to support the Prison reform in Ukraine Plus – SPERU+’...

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Pompidou Group hosts first Annual Conference of Drug Control Networks

6-8 December 2023 Strasbourg, France

170 experts from 40 countries, 5 international organizations, academia and the private sector attended 6 to 8 December 2023 the first Annual Conference of Drug Control Networks hosted by the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe. It was the first edition of a new conference format launched by...

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Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe supports the Development of the Drug Prevention National Action Plan (NAP) for 2024-2026 in Georgia

Borjomi, Georgia 27-28 November 2023

The Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe within the framework of its project ’’Developing a Drug Prevention Support Network for Parents and Professionals in Georgia” organised a Workshop dedicated to the development of the Drug Prevention National Action Plan for 2024-2026 on 27-28 November...

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2024 Pompidou Group Thematic Training on ‘Improving Access and Quality of Treatment Services’

2024

Following the successful training sessions in the previous years, the Pompidou Group is happy to announce that it will organise its Thematic Annual Training (formerly Executive Training on Drug Policy) in 2024 on ‘Improving Access and Quality of Treatment Services’. A unique format of the...

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29th Steering Committee meeting of Pompidou Group's MedNET network

8 November 2023 Strasbourg, France

MedNET network of the Pompidou Group held its 29th Steering Committee meeting on 8 November 2023 at the Council of Europe Headquarters in Strasbourg. The 7 Southern Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine* and Tunisia) have presented the state of progress of...

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Further improving access to healthcare in prisons in Ukraine - Prison professionals attend training on implementing Opioid Agonist Treatment

6-7 November 2023

In the context of the Pompidou Group’s continued assistance to Ukraine in the rollout of Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) in prison since 2018, and with the support of the Joint Project “European Union and Council of Europe working together to support the Prison Reform in Ukraine Plus” (SPERU+...

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Sharing experience on drug policy and psychoactive substance use prevention among children and adolescents between Georgia and Estonia

23-25 October 2023 Tallinn, Estonia

To enhance drug prevention strategies, a delegation from Georgia embarked on a three-day study visit to Tallinn, Estonia on 23-25 October 2023. The visit was organized under the auspices of the project "Developing a Drug Prevention Support Network for Parents and Professionals in Georgia"...

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Workshop in Chisinau advances plans for in-prison Therapeutic Community for treating addictions in Ukraine

25 October 2023 Chisinau, Moldova

International specialists from the Republic of Moldova, Norway, Romania and the United Kingdom helped a Ukrainian delegation of state officials, prison managers and NGO leaders in advancing their plans for establishing a Therapeutic Communities (TC) for treating substance use disorders in...

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2023 Drug Policy Executive Course

10-13 October 2023 Valletta, Malta

The final Module III of the 2023 Drug Policy Executive Course took place in Valletta, Malta on 10-13 October 2023. The focus of this module was on practice: how to monitor and evaluate policies, how to communicate effectively to achieve better results, and how to be part of change. Theoretical...

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Policymakers and prison professionals from 14 Pompidou Group member states foster their co-operation on developing drug treatment structures for people with substance use disorders in prison.

Contributing to the right to a healthy life in prison – Study visit to the Republic of Moldova

3-5 October 2023 Chisinau, Moldova

Organised in co-operation with the National Administration of Penitentiaries of the Republic of Moldova, the Pompidou Group held its third study visit of its South-East Europe Co-operation Group on ‘Developing comprehensive drug treatment systems in prisons’ in Chisinau, on 3-5 October 2023. The...

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The Pompidou Group’s online self-assessment tool on drug use and addictions is now available in Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

The Pompidou Group, as part of its project ’’Developing a Drug Prevention Support Network for Parents and Professionals in Georgia’’ presented the Georgian version of DUDIT (Drug Use Disorders Identification Test). This online self-assessment tool, designed to provide insights into drug use and...

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Study visit on model of recovery in Italy

19-22 September 2023 Italy

From 19 to 22 September 7 delegations of 21 field professionals from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine* and Tunisia visited Italy to benefit from the Italian national model of recovery, which is based on close cooperation between the public sector’s treatment services and the...

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