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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.



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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.

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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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Seminar "Implementing Gender Mainstreaming in Sport", Strasbourg (France), 17 November
2015
EPAS organised a seminar on Gender Mainstreaming in Sport, in co-operation with European Women and Sport (EWS) on 17 November 2015 in Strasbourg, France. High-calibre speakers took the floor during this seminar and delved into the practical ways in which substantive gender equality can be reached in sport.

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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.

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


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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Seminar on Sports Betting Monitoring and Fraud Detection Systems
On 10-11 December 2014, EPAS organised a seminar on Sports betting monitoring and fraud detection systems and the role they play in the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions. This seminar was organised in co-operation with the ASSER Institute and its European Sports Law Centre (AISLC) in the Hague, Netherlands. The new Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions (CETS215) makes several references to these detection systems, however, the sport and betting regulation authorities are not necessarily aware of the specific features, assets and the shortcomings of these systems run by the sports movement and by private companies. The Seminar was open to experts from relevant public authorities as well as sports organisations.

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Team Spirit 4:0 (Bern, Switzerland, 25 November 2014)

Organised by sports promoter, Sport-Toto, in co-operation with Loterie Romande and Swisslos lottery companies, this 4th edition of the “Team Spirit” event brought together over 100 members of parliament, sports federations, athletes and journalists. In the presence of Minister Ueli Maurer and IOC President Thomas Bach, the EPAS secretariat participated in a panel discussion on integrity in sport, in particular on the essential aspects of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions.
http://www.sport-toto.ch/103-1-Team-Spirit-40.html



The Secretariat of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) of the Council of Europe reacts to the death of Mr Predrag Manojlovic
The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) of the Council of Europe regrets to announce the death of Mr Predrag Manojlovic. Mr Manojlovic was the delegate of ENGSO and Chairman of the EPAS Consultative Committee until 2014. In this capacity he participated in the establishment of EPAS and contributed to its development as a representative of the sports movement. We will remember him as a tireless, passionate promoter of “sport for all”.


New member of the Consultative Committee
The Ministers’ Deputies decided on 17 September 2014 to accept a new member of the EPAS Consultative Committee: the International School Sports Federation (ISF) organises and co-ordinates international school sport events, its mission being to educate and to transmit important values through sport, and EPAS is delighted to have them on board.



Accession of Lithuania to EPAS
The Council of Europe is pleased to announce that Lithuania has become the 36th member state of EPAS as from 18 September 2014. We look forward to welcoming Lithuania’s delegates to forthcoming EPAS events, as well as to the next meeting of the Governing Board on 20-21 May 2015 in Strasbourg.


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 was opened for signature on the occasion of the 13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport, which was held on 18 September 2014 in Macolin/Magglingen (Switzerland).

Link to Convention and Explanatory Report
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13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport, 18 September 2014

The Council of Europe’s Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) organised in conjunction with the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS) its biennial conference of Ministers responsible for Sport. The conference was held on 18 September in Macolin/Magglingen, Switzerland. The main topics were “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 were invited to the conference.
DDPS Website
List of participants
Adopted resolutions


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

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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