Welcome to the website of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport! EPAS was set up on 11 May 2007 and currently has 38 member states, including two non-European states (Israel and Morocco).
Most European sport is organised across a geographical area which virtually matches that of the 49 Parties to the European Cultural Convention. The states concerned share not only a cultural and political heritage, but also a pattern of sporting activity. Hence it is no surprise that they feel the need to co-operate at pan-European level within the Council of Europe, so that they can pool their ideas about sport policy.
Following its creation, EPAS has now organised five Ministerial conferences (Athens 2008, Baku 2010, Belgrade 2012, Magglingen 2014 and Budapest 2016), where Ministers responsible for sport around the table were able to discuss issues such as the autonomy of sport, match-fixing, gender equality in sport, and corruption in the governance of sport, allowing them to propose concrete actions on these issues at pan-European level. The next Conference of Ministers responsible for sport will take place in 2018 in Georgia.
EPAS continues to promote the ethics of sport and identifies new international standards in areas where new emerging challenges threaten sports ethics, for example with regard to the migration of young players. Another priority theme developed over recent years is the promotion of diversity and the fight against discrimination in sport.
Current activities are focusing on the corruption aspect in sport, in particular on the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions (“match-fixing”). EPAS led the negotiations towards the drafting of the new international convention on this subject, with the involvement of the public authorities (both law enforcement and sport), the betting regulatory authorities and with input from the sports movement and betting operators. Over 40 states were involved in the drafting process which has reached a global scale, with countries such as Australia, Canada, and Japan playing a role.
I hope that you find the EPAS website interesting to read, and would welcome any comments or questions you may have.