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Background, composition, objectives, activities, documents and members


Harmful use of alcohol, illicit drugs, tobacco and other psychoactive substances is one of the major public health concerns within the Northern Dimension area and has severe impact on public health systems. The burden of psychoactive substance use is enormous not only for the affected individuals, but for the whole society. Every year the substance use related harm generates costs of billions of euros to health systems in the Northern Dimension area. As hazardous and harmful use of alcohol and other psychoactive substances is considered one of the most important risk factors to health, there is a need to share experiences and expertise in the field of preventing those negative impacts and to take concrete action to mitigate hazardous impact of substance abuse.

In accordance with the Declaration concerning the establishment of a NDPHS, the Partnership places great emphasis on improving the co-operation and co-ordination in the prevention of life-style related non-communicable diseases and focuses on prevention of major public health problems like use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and smoking. From 2006 until mid-2010, activities in this area were fostered by the then Expert Group on Social Inclusion, Healthy Lifestyles and Work Ability, and from mid-2010 they are being implemented by the Expert Group on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ASA EG) The meeting documents of these groups can, respectively, be found here and here.

Following the adoption of the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the Action Plan accompanying it, which define specific objectives, results and linked to them concrete activities, in October 2015, the NDPHS Committee of Senior Representatives (CSR) renewed the mandate of the Expert Group on Alcohol and Substance Abuse. New Terms of Reference for the ASA EG were adopted by the CSR, which tasked the group with the facilitatation and implementation of the Objective 4: Reduced social and health harm from alcohol, tobacco and illicit use of drugs - through strengthening and promotion of multi-sectoral approaches as specified in the NDPHS Strategy 2020. The ASA Expert Group will, together with other bodies of the NDPHS, contribute to achieving the Horizontal results defined in the Action Plan accompanying the NDPHS Strategy 2020.


The ASA EG is comprised of high-level experts who come from national ministries and agencies of Partner Countries and Organisations, the research community, NGOs and other relevant parties. The Expert Group’s work is led by the Lead Partner (Norway), supported by the Co-Lead Partner (Russia). The list of the members of the ASA EG is provided further down.

All eligible stakeholders are welcome to provide input to the ASA EG’s current and future activities. External experts are also invited to participate in the group’s meetings, as appropriate.

Aims and functions

In accordance with the above-mentioned Declaration concerning the establishment of a NDPHS, under the guidance of the CSR, an Expert Group may have an advisory role and/or provide professional input to the preparation and implementation of joint activities carried out within the framework of the Partnership. Also, the Declaration permits Expert Groups to “facilitate professional exchanges, increase co-ordination among Partners and Participants and monitor joint activities within their area of expertise.” Consistent with these provisions, the Expert Group has the following functions:


The Expert Group's activities follow the priorities set out in the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the Action Plan accompanying it and are being implemented in accordance with the NDPHS Annual work plans.

Presently, the Group's activities include:


The ASA EG holds approximately 2 meetings per year. Specific information about current and past meetings, including meeting documents and minutes can be accessed on the Expert Group meetings web page.

Documents and minutes of the formerly operating SIHLWA EG and ADPY TG, which were, inter alia, covering the issues dealt with by the ASA EG, can be accessed here.


View all calendar events of relevance to the ASA EG. Learn more about other sections of our calendar. 

Progress reports

Every year the NDPHS Expert Groups prepare progress reports. These reports are prepared in accordance with the Template for monitoring and reporting of the NDPHS progress and are submitted to every autumn CSR meeting and/or PAC event (they can be download here). With reference to the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the accompanying NDPHS Action Plan, they, inter alia, present the progress towards the agreed targets and take stock of achievements made, as well as describe further action required, obstacles encountered and, finally, the sustainability and expected long-term impact of the group’s activities.

Further information 

Visit the NDPHS Database, which provides a number of papers (publications, newsletters, etc.), thematic reports developed by the ASA EG, and projects, dealing with alcohol and substance abuse issues. It also provides a pool of organisations and experts, which have been working in this area. The Database contains four sections. By clicking the links below, you will gain direct access to activities and expertise in the field of mitigation of hazardous impact of substance abuse in the NDPHS Database, sorted by:

Please note that you can also submit your own information on mitigation of hazardous impact of substance abuse to the Database (read more).



Mr. Bernt Bull
Ministry of Health and Care Services
P.O.Box 8011 Dep
Teatergata 9
N-0030 Oslo
Phone: + 47 22247682


Prof. Eugeniya Koshkina
Deputy Director for Science
Moscow Research and Practical Center on Addictions.
ul. Lublinskaya, 37/1
109390 Moscow

Phone: +7 499 178 1769
Fax: +7 499 178 1769

International Technical Advisor

Dr. Zaza Tsereteli
Royal Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services
Taru mnt. 16-18
10117 Tallinn
Phone: +372 5269315


Ms. Triinu Täht
Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia
Gonsiori 29
15027 Tallinn
Phone: +372 6269142
Fax: +372 6269209


Ms. Jaana Markkula
Development Manager
National Institute for Health and Welfare
Alcohol, Drugs, and Addictions unit
P.O Box 30
00271 Helsinki
Phone: +358 29 524 8802


Ms. Katariina Warpenius
National Institute for Health and Welfare
P.O. Box 30
00271 Helsinki
Phone: + 358 20 6107019

Mr Thomas Karlsson
National Institute for Health and Welfare
P.O. Box 30
00271 Helsinki
Phone: + 358 29 5247021


Ms. Sanita Lazdina
Senior Expert, Health Promotion and Addiction Prevention Unit, Public Health Department, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia
Brīvības Str. 72, Riga, LV-1011, Latvia

Phone: +371 60005266
Fax: +371 67876002


Ms. Laura Isajeva
Senior Public Health Analyst
Centre for Disease Prevention and Control of Latvia
Duntes Str. 22
LV-1005, Riga
Phone: +37167388187


Ms Jelena Talackiene
Ministry of Health, Vilnius str.33, Vilnius
Phone: +370 5 219 3315
Fax: +370 5 2661402


Ms. Aurelija Čepulytė
State Mental Health Centre
Parko str. 15
LT-11205 Vilnius
Phone: +370 5 249 9976
Fax: +370 5 2670 080

Ms. Grazina Belian
Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department
Šv. Stepono str. 27,Vilnius
Phone: +370 70668068
Fax: +370 5 2668095


Mr. Espen Andersen
Ministry of Health and Care Services, P.O. Box 8011 Dep, 0030 Oslo
Phone: +47 481 73 777

Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM)

Ms. Nadja Frederiksen
Nordens välfärdscenter/Pohjoismainen hyvinvointikeskus
Nordic Welfare Centre
Topeliusgatan 20, FI-00250 Helsingfors
Fax: +358 40 67 22 057


Mr. Janusz Sierosławski
The Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology
Sobieskiego 9 Str.
02-957 Warsaw
Phone: +48 22 6427501



Ms. Elena Scvortsova
Federal Research Institute for Health Organization and Informatics


Ms. Eleonor Saftsen
The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Unit for Alcohol Prevention
P.O Address: SE-171 82 Solna, Sweden
Visiting address: Nobels väg 18, Solna
Phone: Tel. +4610 205 20 79


Mr Richard Henriksson
The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Unit for Health-promoting Lifestyles
P.O Address: SE-171 82 Solna, Sweden
Visiting address: Nobels väg 18, Solna

World Health Organization

Dr. Carina Ferreira-Borges
WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, Moscow, Russian Federation
Phone: + 7495 787 21 17




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