Sport Conventions

The Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is the body in charge of monitoring the application of the European Convention on Spectator Violence and Misbehaviour at Sports Events.

Missions
The main mission of the Standing Committee is to make sure the States parties respect the treaty. At major international tournaments – World Cup, European Championships – an ad hoc working group is set up within the Standing Committee to evaluate the security provisions and, after the event in question, to evaluate the lessons learnt from them.

Who is on the Standing Committee?
The Standing Committee is made up of one or more national delegates nominated by the governments of the States parties to the Convention. Each delegate remains in office until s/he or his/her government decides. At the meetings, the delegate can bring along one or more experts. The Committee elects a Chair and 2 Vice-Chairs for 2 years through a majority voting system. They may be re-elected once for a term of 2 years.

The observers are

Member States of the Council of Europe or States Parties to the European Cultural Convention:

- Andorra
- Belarus
- Georgia
- Holy See
- Ireland
- Kazakhstan
- Malta
- Moldova
- San Marino

Non-member States of the Council of Europe:

- Argentina (until 18 June 2018)
- Brazil (until 18 June 2018)
- Canada (until 18 June 2018)
- Qatar (until 1 July 2019)
- Tunisia (until 18 June 2018)

Sport organisations :

- European Professional Football League (EPFL) (until 18 June 2018)
- FIFA (until 18 June 2018)
- Football Supporters Europe (FSE) (until 18 June 2018)
- Interpol (until 16 January 2019)
- Supporters Direct Europe (until 16 January 2019)
- UEFA (until 18 June 2018)

How does it work?
The Standing Committee meets annually, in Strasbourg at the headquarters of the Council of Europe or in a host country before the opening of one of the above events. Each State party to the Convention holds one vote and decisions are taken by majority voting.