The Italian Presidency reports at mid-term to the Committee of Ministers

9 July 2024 Strasbourg, France

On 9 July in Strasbourg, Paolo Molinari, Chair of the Pompidou Group Permanent Correspondents, presented the mid-term review of the activities of the Pompidou Group (between January 2023 and June 2024) to the Committee of Ministers' Rapporteur Group on social and health issues (GR-SOC). He...

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Statement by the Italian Presidency on the occasion of the “International Drug Day” (26 June 2024):

26 June 2024

The Italian Presidency of the Council of Europe Pompidou Group welcomes the theme chosen for the 2024 International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking: “The evidence is clear: invest in prevention”. Since Italy took over the presidency of the Pompidou Group, in January 2023,...

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Strategies and regulatory options aimed at reducing risks and harms related to online gaming and online gambling

A policy paper on ‘Strategies and regulatory options aimed at reducing risks and harms related to online gaming and online gambling’ was adopted by the Pompidou Group member states in the aftermath of the 94th Permanent Correspondent meeting that took place in Naples on 30 May 2024. This document...

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Multidisciplinary training of trainers for prison staff on care and treatment of persons with substance use disorders tested in Montenegro

10-14 June 2024 Petrovac, Montenegro

Using the newly developed Pompidou Group multidisciplinary training manual, a training of trainers on care and treatment of persons with substance use disorders for prison staff took place in Petrovac, Montenegro. Selected prison professionals from both the health and the security departments...

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Georgian professionals learn about Italian experiences on rehabilitation services for juveniles and adolescents in the criminal justice context

29-31 May 2024 Milan, Italy

The Pompidou Group, with the support of its Italian Presidency, organised a study visit for a Georgian delegation of criminal justice professionals involved in drug prevention on 29-31 May in Milan, ltaly. The visit focused on sharing Italian experiences with rehabilitation and resocialisation...

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Naples, May 31, 2024

Seminar on “Drug Recovery and Education” hosted by the Italian Presidency of the Pompidou Group

Organized in the continuation of the 94th meeting of the PG Permanent Correspondents, the seminar brought together about 80 professionals that were welcomed and addressed by high level government representatives, the Mayor of Naples, social volunteering and religious associations (involved in...

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94th Permanent Correspondents meeting of the Pompidou Group

30 May 2024 Naples, Italy

The Pompidou Group Permanent Correspondents held their 94th meeting in Naples on 30 May. It was the opportunity to review past and current activities, as well as recent political developments in the field of drug and addictions policies at national and international level. Two important policy...

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Module II. of the 2024 Thematic Training ‘Improving Access and Quality of Treatment Services’

14-16 May 2024 Rabat, Morocco

Module II. of the 2024 Thematic Training ‘Improving Access and Quality of Treatment Services’ organised in Rabat, Morocco, 14-16 May 2024 focused on strategies for improving the continuity of care, providing integrated treatment services, and combating stigma and discrimination. Participants...

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NEW REPORT - Mapping of training needs in South-East European countries and available resources related to drug treatment and rehabilitation in prisons

Within the framework of its co-operation group on “Developing comprehensive drug treatment systems in prisons in South-East Europes”, the Pompidou Group published a mapping report presenting an overview of training needs in eleven South-East European countries and available open source material...

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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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