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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Pompidou Group's participation in the Italian Conference on addictions

27-28 november 2021 Genova, Italy

The 6th Italian National Conference on Addictions entitled "Beyond fragility" was organized by the Anti-drug Department of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, and coordinated by Minister for Youth Policy Fabiana Dadone. The aim of the Conference was to discuss the new Italian action plan...

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Support for implementation of the 2021-2030 Drug Strategy of Ukraine

24-25 November 2021 Online

Ukraine developed its National Drug Strategy for 2021-2030 aiming towards a more people-centred and human rights-oriented approach to drug policy. The current drugs situation in the country requires comprehensive responses across dimensions of security, health and social policy, law enforcement,...

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8th Annual Meeting of the Expert group on Drugs Online

23-24 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

On 23-24 November 2021, the Secretariat of the Pompidou Group hosted its 8th annual meeting of the expert group on ‘Drugs Online’ in hybrid format in Strasbourg and online. The focus this year was on e-evidence collection, ANITA-project scraping tool, blockchain analytics, darknet & virtual...

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Pompidou Group Chair presents revised statute of the Group and highlights of its 50th anniversary to the Committee of Ministers

10 november 2021 Strasbourg, france

“The celebration at the Pompidou Centre has been of course a major highlight of the 50th Anniversary’s programme, which included a large number of events throughout 2021 […]. But this year we have not only celebrated the anniversary of the Pompidou Group, and highlighted its achievements over...

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European Drug Prevention Prize 2021: winning projects from Belgium, Poland and Lithuania

28 october 2021 Paris, France

Three projects from Belgium, Poland and Lithuania were awarded the Pompidou Group’s 2021 European Drug Prevention Prize, on the occasion of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Group on 28 October 2021, at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. The projects awarded in 2021 are S.A.M.E.N....

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Pompidou Group marks its 50th anniversary at major event in Paris

28 october 2021 Pompidou Centre, Paris, France

Not so long ago a hard-line war on drugs was the favoured approach by many in Europe. And while it is clear that crime must be fought and the law enforced, it is also evident that a humane, evidence-based, expert-informed approach to drug policies has gained ground. The Pompidou Group has been...

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14th Annual Meeting of the International Network on the Control of Precursors’ Diversion

12-13 October 2021 Strasbourg

On 12-13 October 2021, the Secretariat of the Pompidou Group hosted its 14th meeting on the control of drug precursors’ diversion in hybrid format in Strasbourg and online. This expert group offers a multidisciplinary platform for police, customs, relevant international bodies, the private sector...

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2nd International Capacity Building Seminar on ‘Responding to drug-related challenges for refugees, migrants and IDPS

21-23 september 2021 Palermo, Italy

On 21-23 September 2021 the Pompidou Group, under the patronage of the City of Palermo and with the support of the Fondazione Falcone, organised the 2nd international capacity building seminar on 'Responding to drug-related challenges for refugees, migrants and IDPS'. Policy makers, legal,...

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