About the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions
Even though the Macolin Convention is an instrument emanating from Europe, the Council of Europe is extremely mindful of the global nature and threat of match manipulation and is therefore encouraging non-European countries to become Parties.
Since its adoption in 2014, Norway, Portugal and Ukraine have ratified the convention and 30 other countries have shown their commitment to accede by signing. A minimum of five ratifications are required for the convention to enter into force.
The Convention Secretariat was established in 2016 in the prospect of the implementation of the Convention. It took over from the initial efforts of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS), which co-ordinated the negotiation process and is still actively promoting the Convention.
The Macolin Convention is a ground-breaking legal instrument and the only rule of international law on the subject to currently exist. It provides common definitions, as well as unique international co-operation mechanisms such as the “National Platforms”. The widest possible adhesion to this text will make it the basis of reference for a variety of actors from different fields of interest and competencies (ministries, the sport movement, public and private betting stakeholders, law enforcement agencies and the judiciary) which together, make up the “Macolin Community” committed to the fight against sport manipulations and corruption.
The Secretariat oversees the implementation of the Macolin Roadmap. It provides a structured framework allowing the main actors to better align their efforts and coordinate their actions. It is regarded as the most possible efficient strategy to promote the Convention and to assure its rapid entry into force.
The Roadmap targets the building of networks and the technical assistance to countries that the Council of Europe carry out through the project “Keep Crime Out of Sport – manipulation of sports competitions 2018-2020” (KCOOS+).
The implementation of the Council of Europe’s 2018 strategy will culminate in the organisation of the third ‘International Conference on the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions – Promoting and Implementing the Macolin Convention’ which will take place in Strasbourg on 24 and 25 September 2018.