A new action plan in the field of addiction in Croatia

The Croatian Institute for Public Health, together with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Interior, presented the new Action Plan in the field of addiction for the period up to 2026. In order to achieve the priorities and special goals defined by the National Addiction Strategy for the period up to 2030, the Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted in January 2024 the first Action Plan (out of two that will accompany the implementation of the National Strategy).

It was pointed out that the trends speak in favor of the fact that in the last few years there has been an increased prevalence of the use of addictive substances, especially drugs, and new challenges are also brought by behavioral addictions (gambling, betting, playing video games, excessive use of the Internet and social networks).

The plan puts special emphasis on providing support in the implementation of scientifically based preventive programs, implementing recovery and rehabilitation programs, strengthening the competences of experts through systematic training on scientifically based prevention and treatment practices and current international and EU standards, creating guidelines, standards and protocols for ensuring quality implementation of interventions. In addition to the above, significant efforts are focused on timely detection and monitoring of the emergence of new psychoactive substances and associated health risks through the national Early Warning System.

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Workshop on preparation of a new National Drug Strategy 2021 – 2025

HOPS – Healthy Options Project Skopje, within the regional project Sustainability of services for key populations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (#SoS_project) supported by the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, facilitates the workshop of the multi-sectorial working group on preparations of the National Drug Strategy 2021 – 2025 and the Action Plan 2021 – 2023.

The multi-sectorial working group was established by the Minister of Health. It consists of representatives from all relevant ministries, state institutions and civil society organizations. The workshop is being held in Ohrid from 14 to 18 September 2020.

The purpose of this workshop is to prepare the new National Drug Strategy 2021 – 2025, which by the end of the year should be adopted by the Government of the Republic of Northern Macedonia.

Serbian Justice Ministry releases draft Action plan for Chapter 23

The Serbian Justice Ministry has published a draft of its revised Action plan for Chapter 23 – Judiciary and Fundamental Rights – in the country’s pre-accession negotiations with the European Union. The draft was published on the ministry’s web site along with an invitation for comments. The deadline for comments is 8 February.

EU Justice - Support for Chapter 23".The first draft of the revised Action Plan for Chapter 23 was presented at the round table held on 6 February 2019 in Belgrade. Representatives of judicial institutions, civil society organizations and international institutions attended.

The round table was organized with the support of the European Union, which financed the project “EU Justice – Support for Chapter 23”.

The DPNSEE Executive Director participated in the round table. It was an opportunity to meet and exchange with colleagues, especially with those from the Office for Gender equality and Association of Judges and Prosecutors of Serbia.


Consultative meetings to build the Action Plan for Youth

In accordance with the principles of youth policy and the current practice in the preparation of regulations and public policies, the Ministry of Youth and Sports invited everyone interested, and especially young people, representatives of youth and for youth organisations, as well as local youth offices, to become involved in the process of drafting future three-year Action Plan for the implementation of the National Youth Strategy. Consultative meetings provided an opportunity to jointly review the results achieved by the Strategy so far, and to define a priority proposal for the period until 2020. Through a series of 5 meetings, aim was to together with young people and those who represent their interests, define the proposals of activities, measures and indicators for the next Action Plan.

Consultative meetings were organized by following themes:

  • Employability and employment of young people,
  • Development of competences and active participation of young people in society,
  • Health, well-being and safety of youth,
  • Information, Culture and Youth Mobility and
  • Social inclusion of youth from categories at risk of social exclusion.

DPNSEE representatives participated in the meetings on Health, well/being and safety and also Social inclusion, two the most relalevant areas to our mission. Our member organisastions Prevent and Re Generacija participated in various conslutations too.

Each consultation was organised in two sections. First was evaluation of the work done over three specific objectives, using the indicators of results to be achieved by the Action Plan 2015 to 2017. The second part of the meeting was focused on the discussion of measures and possible new indicators and expected results related to the specific goals of the Youth Action Plan in the period from 2018 to 2020. The conclusions of the meeting can be seen as the guidelines that are showing which points of the Action Plan are considered as the most important in this next phase. However, sharp criticism regarding indicators of the previous action plan points out that they should be more carefully set up.