Regarding the recent announcement by twelve European elite football clubs of their intention to launch a European Super League, Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge has written a letter to the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) Governing Board Chairperson.
Bjørn Berge highlights how “the principles of solidarity, sporting merit, openness in competitions, sport integrity and inclusion, could help governments and sports organisations to protect sports from initiatives that completely deprive sport governing bodies of their fundamental regulatory role”.
Background info for the media
The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) was created in 2007 to meet the challenges facing sport today in Europe. It serves as a platform for the public authorities of 40 member States, fostering dialogue between ministers, sports federations and NGOs and ensuring compliance with ethical and positive values. Twenty-five sports organisations (including ENGSO, UEFA and the EOC) are partners of EPAS making up its Consultative Committee.
European Sports Charter
The European Sports Charter, continental pioneering reference point for the development of sport policies, provides normative guidance in the field since its adoption in 1992.