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Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS)

The EPAS aims to promote sport and emphasise its positive values, to establish international standards and develop a framework for a pan-European platform of intergovernmental sports co-operation while at the same time helping the public authorities of member States of the EPAS, sports federations and NGOs to promote sport and make it healthier, fairer and better governed.


Fight against doping, match-fixing and improving good governance high on the agenda of the Ministerial Conference in Hungary

The Council of Europe’s Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) organised, in conjunction with the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary, its biennial Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport. The conference was held on 29 November in Budapest and  focused on the topics of “The fight against doping and match-fixing” as well as “Towards better governance in sport through enhanced co-operation between governmental bodies and stakeholders in sport”. Ministers of Sport representing states parties to the European Cultural Convention, EPAS members and non-member states having Observer status attended the conference.

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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

A conference 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.

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A co-ordinated response to match-fixing: promotion of the Council of Europe Convention

During 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 of the Magglingen Convention among the member States of the Council of Europe. Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni opened the event.


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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.

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Play the Game 2015 conference, Aarhus, Denmark, 26 - 29 October  2015
EPAS 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.

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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.

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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.

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Thorbjørn Jagland 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 athletes.
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.

International Conference on the Promotion and Implementation of the Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions (CETS215)
On 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.

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