Appointed by the government or relevant minister of each country participating in the Pompidou Group, Permanent Correspondents represent their government or country in respect of all questions concerning drugs and drug addiction.
Permanent Correspondents assemble regularly at a plenary meeting, twice a year. The meetings serve as an intellectual and political forum where contacts can be made and exchanges of views can take place. The Permanent Correspondents' meetings focus on exchanging information and opinions about recent developments in the drug policies pursued by the individual countries and within the international forum. They also monitor and manage the progress of the Pompidou Group’s activities. They prepare the four-year work programme which is then adopted by the ministerial conference.
The Bureau of Permanent Correspondents
Day-to-day decisions between two Permanent Correspondents’ sessions are taken by this body, which comprises the Chair, Vice-Chair and the field co-ordinators. In principle it gathers four times a year.
The Bureau ensures the multisectoral coherence of the activities and promotes the development of new initiatives within the framework of an integrated strategy.
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Observer status to the Pompidou Group is open to non member states, in particular those who are already observers at the Council of Europe. It is also open to international organisations, in particular in the framework of partnership agreements which have been signed by the Council of Europe with its main international partners. So far the following organisations or institutions enjoy observer status at the Pompidou Group: the European Commission, the EMCDDA and the UNODC.