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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.


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.

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Promoting the physical and mental well-being of young athletes

Experts from all over Europe met from 28 to 29 January 2014 in Vienna, Austria, to discuss strategies to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of emerging athletes. The conference in the Austrian House of Sport was the first of many activities which will be implemented in the framework of the initiative “Pro Safe Sport (PSS)” of the EPAS, which is supported by an EU grant.
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 a homepage providing ample information on health and safety issues as well as 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.
In unison, the conference participants declared their enthusiasm and commitment to work together on this important topic for the benefit of emerging athletes.

Drafting Group finalises its work
After having initiated its work in October 2012 on drafting a convention against the manipulation of sports competitions, the Drafting Group has finalised its text at its 6th plenary meeting on 21 and 22 January 2014. The Group was composed of 51 delegations (including national experts from sports, betting regulatory and law enforcement authorities) and was advised along the way by representatives of the sports movement, betting operators and lotteries. The draft convention will now continue its journey through the various bodies of the Council of Europe, the aim being its adoption by the Committee of Ministers.

On closing the final meeting, Harri Syväsalmi (Chair of the Drafting Group) thanked the group for its hard work, adding that “this was the start of a key process in safeguarding the integrity of sport”.

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.


During its 7th meeting on 26-27 June 2013, the EPAS Governing Board elected its new Chairperson as well as its Bureau for a two-year mandate. The Board thanked its outgoing Chair, Mrs Ewa Markowicz (Poland) for her commitment and the excellent work she did. Mrs Markowicz will nevertheless continue to play a role as a member of the new Governing Board Bureau. The Board also congratulated and welcomed the newly elected Chair, Ms Wendela Kuper (Netherlands), who will take over this important role in what will be an intensive but interesting two years.

New members of the Consultative Committee

The Ministers’ Deputies decided on 29 May to accept three new members of the EPAS Consultative Committee: Play the Game, Panathlon International and the FARE network are renowned actors in the field of sports ethics in Europe and EPAS is delighted to have them on board.

Canada invited to join the negotiation procedure (29 May 2013)

The Ministers’ Deputies approved the decision to invite Canada to join the negotiation procedure on the drafting of a possible international convention against the manipulation of sports competitions.  Canada joins Israel, Japan and Morocco as the other non-European states involved in the negotiation process and may participate the next drafting group meeting in Strasbourg on 13-15 June 2013.

Integrity of sport: Council of Europe’s presence at the MINEPS V International Conference (Berlin, 29-30 May 2013)

UNESCO’s 5th International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport took place in Berlin, and was opened by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Council of Europe’s delegation to this event was headed by its Director General for Democracy, Mrs Snežana Samardžić-Marković, who spoke during the opening ceremony on the negotiation procedure to draft an international convention against the manipulation of sports competitions. She stressed the importance of an international approach to combat corruption in sport and urged non-European states to get involved in the procedure.

MINEPS V official site
Speech Snežana Samardžić-Marković

Accession of Malta to EPAS

The Council of Europe is pleased to announce that Malta has become the 35th member state of EPAS as from 1 June 2013. We look forward to welcoming Malta’s delegates to the next meeting of the Governing Board on 26-27 June in Strasbourg.

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