Pompidou Group 2016 Training

Pompidou Group 2016 Training
The Council of Europe’s cooperation group to combat drug abuse and illicit trafficking, known as the Pompidou Group, organizes a yearly training session for managers involved in the development or implementation of drug policies. Since cooperation between governments and civil society organizations is this year’s central theme, Proslavi Oporavak was selected od strane Ministarstva Sigurnosti BiH (odjel za suzbijanje zloupotrebe droga) to participate in the training. The course was divided into two modules, the first one was held in Helsinki (Finland) in June 2016, and the second one in Stockholm (Sweden) from 12th to 15th September 2016.
The Pompidou Group’s core mission is to contribute to the development of multidisciplinary, innovative, effective and evidence-based drug policies in its member states.
“Training for Effective Cooperation” was attended by 38 people from 23 countries. Half of the participants were representatives from member states while the other half came from various civil society organizations active in the field of drugs. This diversity allowed for a balanced perspective of the needs and difficulties faced by the different actors.
The module gave insights into: the realities that governments and civil society organizations have to address, particularly from Finland and Sweden; the opportunities for civil society contributions at the European level; and the ways to overcome barriers and engage in cooperation schemes. In addition, the session provided very useful technical tools for strategic planning and risk assessment.