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European Drug Prevention Prize 2021

European Drug Prevention Prize 2021

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Applications call for European Drug Prevention Prize 2021. The Pompidou Group calls for youth projects to submit applications for the 2021 edition of the European Drug Prevention Prize. Applications should be submitted using the below application form and respecting the eligibility criteria and procedures detailed in the document ‘Concept, rules, procedures’. The deadline for applications is 30 November 2020. Its objective is to recognize the importance of active youth participation in creating a better and healthier environment.

Launched in 2004, the Prevention Prize is awarded to highlight outstanding drug prevention projects that have proved successful in involving young people in their design, implementation and evaluation. It 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 also seeks to recognise quality drug prevention that is innovative and managed by young people, for young people.


Up to three projects will receive an award prize. The European Drug Prevention Prize 2021 will be awarded to up to three youth projects which will each receive a trophy and a monetary benefit of € 5,000.


  • All 47 Council of Europe Member States, Pompidou Group member States, Pompidou Group Observer States, as well as countries from the southern rim of the Mediterranean which are members of the Pompidou Group’s Mediterranean network for co-operation on drugs and addictions (MedNET) are invited to participate.
  • The project must be currently running or must have recently finished in one (or more) of the above-mentioned countries. The Jury welcomes multi-country projects. Projects whose work is mainly outside this geographical area are ineligible.
  • The project must be run by more than one person and have some structure to it, for example, a management committee or steering group or some other appropriate organizing mechanism (documentary evidence of this will be required – the evidence could take the form of, for example, a Facebook page with demonstrable ‘likes’ and posted comments).
  • Projects can be government-sponsored, run by NGOs (non-governmental organizations), in the private sector, or organized by local communities. Projects do not have to be funded to be eligible – they can be entirely voluntary.
  • The work of eligible projects must be wholly or mainly in the area of drug prevention. Projects that are not concerned with drug prevention will not be eligible.
  • The program accepts a broad definition of drug prevention, and encourage you to apply if your project defines itself as a drug prevention project.
  • Young people, under the age of 25 years, must be involved in the work of the project. There is no lower age limit for European Drug Prevention Prize 2021.


The Council of Europe designates the follows as in the definition of ‘drugs’: illegal drugs; alcohol; tobacco; volatile substances (glues, gases, aerosols, etc.); new psychoactive substances (NPS, including so-called ‘legal highs’); and prescription and over-the-counter medicines when they are misused.

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline30 November,2020
Open toAll
OrganizerThe Pompidou Group



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