Pompidou Group has launched its first project on prevention in Georgia

11-13 july 2022 Tbilisi, Georgia

The Pompidou Group has launched a new project ’Developing a Drug Prevention Network for Parents and Professionals in Georgia’ in June 2022. The project will provide international expertise and technical support to Georgian authorities for translating Georgia’s first Drug Prevention Strategy...

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Pompidou Group provided new human right tool

30 June 2022

Today the Pompidou Group makes another landmark contribution to promote human rights compliance in drug policies. With a new, unique self-assessment tool the Pompidou Group addresses the key questions in practically assessing drug policy compliance with human rights. The main one being: How can...

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2022 Pompidou Group Executive Training on ‘Substance use addictions and online practices’

21-24 June 2022 Dublin, Ireland

Module I of the 2022 Executive Training focusing on the topic of ‘Substance use addictions and online practices’ took place in Dublin, Ireland from 21 to 24 June 2022. The training marking the Chairmanship of Ireland of the Council of Europe brought together 30 participants from 21 countries....

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Solidarity with Ukraine : statement by the Pompidou Group Presidency

26 june 2022

The international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking, celebrated every year on 26 June, aims at fostering action and cooperation in achieving a world free of drug abuse. The theme for 2022 is 'Addressing drug challenges in health and humanitarian crises', with the objective of...

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Policy makers and prison professionals from South-East Europe working on treatment of substance use disorders in prison meet and exchange in Ljubljana

14-16 june 2022 ljubljana, slovenia

Organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the Prison Administration of Slovenia, the Pompidou Group held the first study visit of its South-East European network on ‘Developing comprehensive drug treatment systems in prisons’ in Ljubljana and Maribor, on 14-16 June 2022. The...

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6th Annual Meeting of the Expert Group on General Aviation

2-3 June 2022 Strasbourg, France

On 2-3 June 2022, the Secretariat of the Pompidou Group hosted its 6th Annual Meeting of the Expert Group on General Aviation at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg. The overall aim of this meeting on general aviation is to reduce illegal trafficking, and to prevent the abuse of the...

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37th Annual Meeting of the Cooperation Group on Drug Control Services at European Airports

1 and 2 June 2022 Strasbourg, France

On 1-2 June 2022, the Secretariat of the Pompidou Group hosted its 37th Annual Meeting of the Cooperation Group on Drug Control Services at European Airports at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg. The main objective of this conference, which comprises law enforcement agencies,...

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Seminar on drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA): a challenge to gender-based violence

18 May 2022 Rome, Italy

Fabiana Dadone, Minister for Youth Policy with delegation for policies to prevent and combat addiction, opened the seminar organized as part of the Italian Chairmanship programme of the Council of Europe on the topic of Drugs Facilitated Sexual Assaults (DFSA) together with the Pompidou Group....

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Pompidou Group Handbook for practitioners and decision makers on Implementing a gender approach in drug policies: prevention, treatment and criminal justice

The Pompidou Group developed its handbook “Implementing a gender approach in drug policies: prevention, treatment and criminal justice”. This handbook seeks to promote gender sensitivity in drug responses as essential leverage to reduce health inequities and to respect human rights, especially...

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The first edition of the Drug Policy Executive Course has successfully finalised

26-29 April 2022 Valletta, Malta

The final Module III of the new comprehensive Drug Policy Executive Course of the Pompidou Group’s International Drug Policy Academy took place in Valletta, Malta from 26 to 29 April 2022, hosted by the University of Malta. This module focused on monitoring, evaluation and communication....

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Pompidou Group strengthens cooperation with the Republic of Moldova

20-22 April 2022 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

The Secretariat of the Pompidou Group visited the Republic of Moldova on 20-21 April to discuss with national authorities ongoing and future cooperation activities. At a meeting the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Moldova, Mr Sergiu Litvinenco, endorsed positively the work of the Pompidou...

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9th Annual Meeting of the Expert group on Drugs Online

13-14 April 2022 Strasbourg, France

On 13-14 April 2022, the Secretariat of the Pompidou Group hosted its 9th annual meeting of the expert group on ‘Drugs Online’ at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg. Close and effective cooperation with international bodies, the private sector, judiciary, and law enforcement in...

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15th Annual Meeting of the International Network on the Control of Precursors’ Diversion

12-13 April 2022 Strasbourg, France

On 12-13 April 2022, the Secretariat of the Pompidou Group hosted its 15th meeting on the control of drug precursors’ diversion at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg. This expert group offers a multidisciplinary platform for police, customs, relevant international bodies, the...

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The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe puts an end to Russia's membership in the Pompidou Group

23 March 2022 Strasbourg, France

As a follow up to its decision on 16 March to exclude the Russian Federation from the Council of Europe, the Committee of Ministers held an extraordinary meeting on 22 and 23 March 2022 to discuss the legal and financial consequences of the cessation of Russia's membership in the Council of...

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Pompidou Group co-organises eight side events during yearly session of UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

14-18 March 2022 Vienna, Austria

As each year, the Pompidou Group participates in the high-level session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the UN's primary policy-making body on drug-related matters. On 14 March, João Castel-Branco Goulão, Chair of the Pompidou Group, delivered a statement in the plenary session on...

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Psychological first aid for Ukrainian people

9 March 2022

The Pompidou Group, together with leading European psycho-trauma experts, has developed recommendations on how people can better interact and communicate with persons who have experienced a crisis or difficult life event. The recommendations were developed at the request of the Ukrainian Ministry...

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2022 Pompidou Group Executive Training on ‘Substance use, addictions and online practices’

1 March 2022

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 2022 on ‘Substance use, addictions and online practices’. A unique format of the training provides a rare opportunity for...

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MedNET members discuss 15 years of achievements

10 February 2022 Online

The Pompidou Group’s Mediterranean Network (MedNET) held its 27th steering Committee meeting in an online format. No less than thirty participants including representatives from EMCDDA, European Commission and UNODC looked back on 15 years of existence and discussed its present and future...

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Next presidency of the Pompidou Group: Italy officially candidate

24 January 2022

At the end of October 2021, member states of the Pompidou Group launched the official call for the Presidency of the Group for the period 2023-2025. In response to this call, Minister for Youth Fabiana Dadone announced Italy's candidature at the 6th Italian National Conference on Addictions...

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2nd Pompidou Group Symposium on ‘Evolution of cannabis policies: experiences and lessons learned'

15 december 2021 Lisbon, Portugal

This event, organised in hybrid format, provided an opportunity for a global overview of current cannabis-related regulations and policies both for medical and non-medical use in different countries worldwide. The symposium gathered more than 150 participants from Pompidou Group member States,...

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