European Prevention PrizeThe Pompidou Group's European Prevention Prize was first launched in 2004. It is awarded every two years. In each two-year cycle, up to three prizes are awarded. A video with the 2016 prize winners is now available online. Information on the 2016 prize winners is here. You can find information about earlier prize-winners by following the links in the 'Successful Projects' box on this webpage.

Prize-winners are high-quality drug prevention projects that fully involve young people. Young people are involved in the development and implementation of activities, in project decisions, in project management and perhaps in project evaluation.

The Pompidou Group awards the Prize to highlight excellent drug prevention projects that have proved successful in practice in involving young people. It aims to encourage the development of drug prevention work where young people are actively participating. The Pompidou Group believes that the genuine involvement of young people improves the possibilities of successful drug prevention.

The projects which apply are evaluated by a Jury of seven young people (aged between 16 and 21 at the time of their appointment) recruited from the Pompidou Group's and Council of Europe member States. The jurors are selected by the Pompidou Group based on their experience of youth participation in drug prevention. Jurors serve for two terms. In 2016, three of the jurors had previously served for the 2014 Prize and four were new to the Jury. In 2016, the jurors came from France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Morocco, Poland and Slovenia. The Jury is advised by a former juror and by a drug prevention expert, but only jury members take the decisions on awarding the Prize.

The prize-winners each receive a trophy, a diploma and a prize-money of €5.000. Previous prize-winners say that the recognition of their value by the Pompidou Group has been invaluable in helping them to secure funding.

European Drug Prevention Prize 2018
Youth Innovation in Drug Prevention

Call for application of projects

We are calling for projects to apply for the Pompidou Group European Drug Prevention Prize, 2018. The Prize is awarded every two years to active youth drug prevention projects. Projects from all 47 Council of Europe member States, as well as other member States of the Pompidou Group and members of the Group's Mediterranean network for co-operation on drugs and addictions (MedNET) are eligible to apply.

Projects must be doing quality drug prevention and fully involve young people (aged under 25). They should be currently running or recently finished. Innovative projects are sought.

Up to three Projects will be awarded a Prize. During the Award Ceremony each will receive the Prize Trophy, the Prize Diploma and €5.000 to develop their work. Prize-winners tell us that winning the Prize has helped them gain greater recognition for their work.

Your applications should reach the Pompidou Group Secretariat by 31 May 2018. You should submit your application by email to pompidou.preventionprize  [at] coe.int. You must complete the official Application Form (Word document). To help you make a good application, please study the Concept, Rules and Procedures document (pdf). For queries, see first the FAQs, then email us.

What is the Prize about?

The Pompidou Group European Prevention Prize has been awarded every two years (since 2004) to innovative projects led by young people for young people. The Prize aims to increase awareness of the importance of active youth participation in reducing drug-related harm and creating healthier citizens and communities across Europe. It seeks to recognise quality drug prevention that is innovative. The Prize is awarded by a Jury of seven young people from across Europe. They are aged between 16 and 21 years at the time of their appointment. They set the rules and procedures for the Prize and they carefully evaluate the submitted projects, selecting the prize-winners they consider to genuinely involve young people in quality drug prevention.

How to apply?

Carefully read the Concept, Rules and Procedures
Download the electronic Application Form (Word document).
Fill in the application form in English or French, the official languages of the Council of Europe.
Submit the application form by e-mail.
Ensure that you have also submitted the additional material that you have described on your application form

If you have any questions, first see the FAQs, if you have further questions, email us.
The deadline for submission is: 31 May 2018
For any comments or questions, please contact pompidou.preventionprize  [at] coe.int

Countries eligible to apply for the Pompidou Group's European Prevention Prize

47 Council of Europe member States (Pompidou Group member States in bold): 

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

Other Pompidou Group member States

  • Israel, Mexico, Morocco

MedNET Countries

  • Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia