Yearly Pompidou Group meetings on fighting drug trafficking via air took place online

8-9 september 2020 online

The 35th meeting of the Airports Group took place on 8 September 2020. Presentations in the first part focused on strengthening airports security: advanced technology versus human factor, insider threats and behavior detection, and capabilities and restrictions in law enforcement. In the second...

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Moldovan professionals explore influence of subcultures in prison on the efficiency of drug treatment provision for inmates

3-4 september 2020 Online

On 3-4 September 2020, the Pompidou Group held an interactive webinar on ‘Subcultures and drug use in prisons – Approaches to improving security and treatment provision’ which was organised for prison employees in the Republic of Moldova. It was the first discussion on this topic with more than...

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Full record of the webinar on the economic impact of Covid-19 on drug policies is now available

21 july 2020

On 21 July 2020, Pompidou Group and the Organisation of Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (OAS/CICAD) held the first of a series of joint webinars examining the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the design, implementation and evaluation of drug policies worldwide. The online event...

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European Drug Prevention Prize 2021 - call for applications is open

23 july 2020

The Pompidou Group calls for youth projects to submit applications for the 2021 edition of the European Drug Prevention Prize. Applications should be submitted using the below application form and respecting the eligibility criteria and procedures detailed in the document ‘Concept, rules,...

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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26 June): Facing COVID19 challenges

26 June 2020

“Drug policies must save lives and protect people, not stigmatise”, says João Castel-Branco Goulão on behalf of the Pompidou Group’s Portuguese Presidency, to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. “As new infections with COVID-19 are massively increasing worldwide...

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An overview of human rights and drug policy in the Mediterranean region

25 May 2020

The Pompidou Group’s Mediterranean network for co-operation on drugs and addictions (MedNET) published a first overview document on human rights of people who use drugs covering 17 MedNET countries. The publication includes different topics, among them the consideration of drug use as a disease...

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Georgia becomes the 41st member state of the Pompidou Group

05 May 2020 Strasbourg

Georgia has decided to join the Pompidou Group as of 1 May, thus becoming its 41st member State. This decision is a follow up of the visit of the Executive Secretary to Tbilisi in February, where he participated in the conference “Rehabilitation of drug-dependent prisoners – why should you care?”...

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Launch of online platform #SaveLivesProtectPeople

20 April 2020

The Pompidou Group’s response platform ’Save Lives - Protect People’ collects and presents innovative ideas and practical interventions that aim to contain the spread of COVID-19 and prevent harm to people who use drugs and those in contact with them. Frontline workers are invited to feature...

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Key messages on boosting sustainable development

27 March 2020

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the UN 2030 Agenda call on all States to implement comprehensive policies and strategies that promote sustainable development. Supporting strategies and cooperation in national efforts to fulfil SDGs is one of the expressed priorities in the Pompidou...

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European Court of Human Rights says depriving mother with drug addiction of her parental rights was disproportionate

25 February 2020 Strasbourg

In its judgment of 25 February 2020 in the case of Y.I. v. Russia, the European Court of Human Rights found, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the applicant’s...

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Pompidou Group participates in the 63rd Session of UN’s drug policy body

2-6 March 2020 Vienna, Austria

As in previous years, the Pompidou Group took part in the yearly session (Vienna, 2-6 March 2020) of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the UN's primary policy-making body on drug-related matters. On this occasion, the Portuguese Presidency of the Group delivered a statement in which the 40 member...

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Rehabilitation of drug dependent inmates – Why should you care?

18-19 February 2020 Tbilsi, Georgia

This topic was at the heart of intensive discussions and inspiring talks by speakers from Georgia, Poland, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Germany, Netherlands and Spain at the international conference organised by the Pompidou Group and the Ministry of Justice of Georgia in Tbilisi, on 18-19...

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Pompidou Group launches cooperation project in Belarus

18-19 february 2020 Minsk, Belarus

At its launching meeting in Minsk on 18-19 February 2020, Pompidou Group discussed activities for a new cooperation project in the Republic of Belarus on fighting drug abuse and drug trafficking with the ministries of Interior, Health, Education and Labour as well as law enforcement agencies. The...

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Armenia becomes the 40th member state of the Pompidou Group

1 January 2020

2020 begins with good news : Armenia has decided to join the Pompidou Group as of 1 January, thus becoming its 40th member state. In a press statement issued on 26 December 2019, the Armenian government stated that "given the opportunities provided by the cooperation with the Pompidou Group, (…)...

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3rd Annual Meeting on “General Aviation: Still… A blind spot in Law Enforcement”

26-28 November 2019 Valletta (Malta)

The third expert group meeting on General Aviation (GA) organised by the Pompidou Group was held in Valletta, Malta, on 26-28 November 2019. The aim of this meeting was twofold. First, it was to address ways of reducing illegal trafficking using GA, a phenomenon which tends to take place away...

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Council of Europe parliamentarians discuss drug policy and human rights

15 November 2019 Berlin, Germany

At its meeting on 15 November 2019, the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly adopted a landmark report on “Drug policy and human rights in Europe: a baseline study”. The report, submitted by British deputy Hannah Bardell, highlights that...

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The Presidency of MedNET was passed from Italy to Tunisia during the network's 25th Plenary meeting

18-19 November 2019 Strasbourg, France

The Pompidou Group’s Mediterranean Network (MedNET) held its 25th Plenary meeting in Strasbourg on 18-19 November 2019. The meeting opened with the transfer of the Presidency from Italy to Tunisia, making it the first country in the Southern Rim to chair the network. MedNET also welcomed Spain as...

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Police officers from 19 countries discuss the role of police in drug prevention

12-15 November 2019 Warsaw, Poland

The international seminar organised by the Pompidou Group on “The role of police in drug prevention” was held in Warsaw on 12-15 November 2019 and was the first training seminar tailored towards police officers involved in the development and implementation of drug prevention activities. The...

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The Pompidou Group in Lisbon – a busy drug policy week

23-25 October 2019 Lisbon (Portugal)

The Pompidou Group participated in two important international events in Lisbon from 21 to 25 October 2019. The first event was the Second European Conference on Healthcare in Prisons. Here, the Pompidou Group team alongside experts, practitioners and representatives of International...

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Training seminar on Responding to drug-related challenges for refugees, migrants and IDPS

8-11 October 2019 Athens, Greece

This international capacity building seminar was organised by the Pompidou Group together with the Office of the National Drug Coordinator of Greece in Athens, on 8-11 October 2019. The activity brought together 75 participants coming from 14 countries, including policy makers, experts and...

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