37th member state: accession of Belgium to EPAS
The Council of Europe is pleased to announce that Belgium has become the 37th member state of EPAS as from 16 May 2016. We look forward to welcoming Belgium’s delegates to forthcoming EPAS events, as well as to the next meeting of the Governing Board on 17-18 May 2016 in Strasbourg.
EPAS annual conference
held in Vienna (Austria) for 2-3 June 2016 on the theme of newly arrived migrants and their integration via sport
was co-organised by the Council of Europe’s Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) and the Ministry of Defence and Sports of Austria in Vienna on the 2-3 June 2016. This conference addressed how sport can be used as a tool to enhance the integration of migrants.
response to match-fixing: promotion of the Council of
the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly, a
communication event was organised by EPAS in Strasbourg
on 25 January 2016 to raise
awareness of PACE members on the on-going issues
regarding match-fixing, and to discuss further promotion
Magglingen Convention among the member States of
the Council of Europe. Deputy Secretary General
Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni opened the event.
Podcast - Claudia Bokel
Journal - Marios Panayi and Claudia Bokel
Three CoE-EU Joint
Projects launched in sport
Following political input
from the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers
responsible for sport and the EU Informal Meeting of
Sports Ministers, in 2015 the EPAS Governing Board and
Consultative Committee strongly supported increasing the
co-operation between the European Union and the Council
of Europe in the area of sport. To this end, the two
Organisations have launched three new joint projects in
the field of sport in 2016: two under the Erasmus+
programme and one on “New integrated mechanisms for
co-operation between public and private actors to
identify sports betting risks” (a pilot programme
launched by DG Home). The launching event took
place on 21 January 2016 from 12.30 pm to 2pm at the
Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg.
Dialogue on governance in sport, Lausanne (Switzerland), 16 December 2015
The Bureau of the EPAS Governing Board held an extraordinary meeting on 16 December
2015, to hold discussions with representatives of the sports movement (umbrella organisations, international federations and national olympic committees) on what steps can be taken to strengthen the implementation of good governance principles in sport and to restore trust.
This initiative was requested by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, during his communication with the Ministers’ Deputies on 17 November 2015.This dialogue between the Bureau and the sports movement focused on what public authorities can and should be doing to improve good governance, and could bring substance to the preparations for the 14th Conference of Ministers responsible for sport (Budapest, November 2016) and the drafting of its resolutions.
Political Conference "Tolerance and Diversity through Physical Education and Sport", Bled (Slovenia), 19-20 November 2015
EPAS co-organised this political conference with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia and the Planica
National Sports Institute. The conference's aim was to increase awareness on the role of physical education and sport in promoting diversity, tolerance and intercultural dialogue
in European societies and in developing democratic culture.
Play the Game 2015
conference, Aarhus, Denmark, 26 - 29 October
co-operated with Play the Game in the framework
of the 2015 Play the Game Conference “Global sport:
Reform or revolution?”. The key issues of interest were
1) how governments can support better governance in
sport – 2) the current status of the international fight
against match-fixing – and 3) how to prevent corruption
in the organisation of major sports events, while also
improving their financial and social sustainability.
They were dealt with by eminent experts,
whistleblowers, policy makers and other stakeholders. As
part of EPAS’ co-operation with Play the Game, there
was a special EPAS session during which best
practices in the area of good governance in sport were
be presented, and EPAS representatives attended
various high profile sessions during the conference.
2nd ratification of convention n° 215
Portugal has become the 2nd state to ratify the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions (CETS 215).
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, received the instrument of accession from the Portuguese authorities on 29 September 2015 in Strasbourg.
The Convention will enter into force following the 5th ratification.
Chart of signatures and ratifications
An informal networking event for Ministers, Baku (13 June 2015)
In In co-operation with the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan, EPAS organised a short, informal meeting, following the opening of the 1st European Games on 13 June. The aim
was for the Ministers of Sport to hold an informal exchange of views on pan-European co-operation regarding the promotion of social sustainability of major sports events.
Informal networking event
visits Thomas Bach, President of the IOC
Lausanne (Switzerland), 13 April
To coincide with the
releasing of a
promotional video on the Council of
Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports
Competitions (the “Macolin Convention”), Secretary
General Thorbjørn Jagland today
met Thomas Bach,
President of the International Olympic Committee, at the
IOC Headquarters in Lausanne. During the bilateral
discussions, SG Jagland welcomed the IOC’s Olympic
Agenda 2020, developed under President Bach’s
leadership, which includes references to good
governance, respect for diversity, sustainability of
major sports events, and the protection of clean
Following this meeting, the Secretary
General made an
introductory speech at the IOC’s First
International Forum for Sports Integrity where he called
upon participants to join the Council of Europe in the
effort to get as many countries behind the Macolin
Convention as possible.
Conference on the Promotion and Implementation of the
Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions
17-18 March 2015, EPAS co-organised with the
Norwegian Ministry of Culture an International
Conference on the Promotion and the Implementation of
the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports
Competitions in Oslo. This event provided
information on the on-going progress of signatures and
ratifications and aimed at facilitating the quick and
effective implementation of the convention. The
Conference was open to the delegates of the drafting
group and the EPAS Governing Board, members of the
Network of national regulators of the sports betting
market, members of the preparatory consultative meetings
held during the negotiation of the convention and
Permanent Representations of member states to the
Council of Europe.