At the 17th Ministerial Conference of the Pompidou Group (Stavanger, 27-28 November 2018), member states elected Portugal to supervise the Group’s work in the next four years, in order to ensure that the Group’s activities outlined in its work programme best meet their priorities and needs. « Under the Portuguese Presidency, the Pompidou Group will continue to be an active player on bringing the public health and the respect of human rights to the forefront of drug policy » said Raquel Duarte, Secretary of State of Health of Portugal. The Vice-Presidency will be assumed by Poland, taking over the role from Italy, for the same period. Portugal, working closely with Poland, will ensure the political representation of the Pompidou Group towards the governments of member and non-member states, as well as international organisations.
Good governance, international drug policy development and new challenges are the three thematic priorities identified by Pompidou Group member states in the work programme 2019-2022, adopted at their 17th Ministerial Conference in Stavanger, on 28 November 2018. Entitled ‘Sustainable drug policies respectful of human rights’, the work programme sets the framework for the next four years, and aims to provide knowledge, support and solutions for effective, evidence based drug policies, which fully respect human rights. The programme continues to include the hallmark activities of the Pompidou Group: law enforcement co-operation on drug trafficking, training for drug policy managers, recognition of youth projects in the field of drug prevention, regional co-operation platforms in the Mediterranean area on drug addiction as well as in South-East Europe on treatment and drug trafficking, and support to the development, implementation and review of national drug policies.