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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.


Adoption of a new Convention fighting against the manipulation of sports competitions

On 9 July 2014 the Ministers’ Deputies adopted a Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions. The purpose of this Convention is to prevent, detect, punish and discipline the manipulation of sports competitions, as well as to enhance the exchange of information, and national and international co-operation, between the public authorities concerned, and with sports organisations and sports betting operators.

Due to its worldwide scope, the convention shall be opened for signature on the occasion of the forthcoming Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport which will be held on 18 September 2014 in Macolin/Magglingen (Switzerland).

Link to Convention and Explanatory Report

13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport, 18 September 2014

The Council of Europe’s Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) is organising in conjunction with the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS) its biennial conference of Ministers responsible for Sport. The conference will be held on 18 September in Macolin/Magglingen, Switzerland. The main topic this year is “Corruption in the Governance of Sport” as well as “Current Political Issues of Pan-European Sports Co-operation”. Ministers of Sport representing states parties to the European Cultural Convention, EPAS members and non-member states having Observer status are invited to the conference. Registration is through invitation only. Further details can be found here.

An informal networking event for Ministers, Sochi (7 February 2014)

In co-operation with the Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation, the EPAS organised a short, informal meeting, prior to the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. The aim was for the Ministers of Sport to hold an informal exchange of views on pan-European co-operation regarding major sports events and on how such events can create a positive legacy.

Executive Report

Promoting the physical and mental well-being of young athletes

The EPAS and experts from all over Europe implement the EU funded initiative "Pro Safe Sport for Young Athletes (PSS)" aiming at the promotion of the physical and mental well-being of young athletes. Since the kick-off meeting in Vienna, Austria, in january 2014, they regularly meet in workshops to discuss strategies to promote these topics.
“We are very happy to co-operate with important stakeholders in the field of sport, coaches, medicine and education”, stated Stanislas Frossard, Executive Secretary of the EPAS. “This mix of experts from various sectors will guarantee that the tools produced during the project will be relevant on the one hand and practical on the other”. The project will produce an educational toolkit which shall guide stakeholders, such as sport organisations and coaches, in promoting and safeguarding the physical, mental and social well-being of young athletes.
More information on health and safety issues on the homepage of the project.

New observer to the Partial Agreement

New Zealand has joined the EPAS as observer as from 14 January 2014. We look forward to welcoming its delegate(s) to forthcoming EPAS events and to its participation in the negotiation of a possible convention against the manipulation of sports competitions.

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