Conferences and seminars
Since its creation in 2007, the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) has carried out a range of different activities, organising annual conferences, training events and awareness-raising activities on various issues relating to human rights, anti-discrimination, gender mainstreaming, youth and on specific grounds of discrimination identified in the human rights treaties.
Below are the details of the thematic conferences and seminars organised so far.
Helsinki, Finland - 29-30 April 2019
Conference on "Breaking the cycle of inequality in sport"
Zagreb, Croatia - 25 October 2018
A conference entitled “Breaking the cycle of inequality in sport - by fixing gender balance in leadership and preventing violence against women” was held in Zagreb on 25 October 2018, organised by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport, under the Croatian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. This conference addressed research evidence and policy responses in order to increase women’s leadership and to eliminate all forms of violence against women in sport.
10th Anniversary conference: “Working together to build and consolidate democracy, tolerance and inclusion”
Limassol, Cyprus - 11 May 2017
The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) of the Council of Europe organised its 10th anniversary conference on “Working together to build and consolidate democracy, tolerance and inclusion” in co-operation with Cyprus Sport Organisation on 11 May 2017 in Limassol, Cyprus.
Annual conference on “Newly arrived migrants and their integration via sport”
Vienna, Austria - 2-3 June 2016
A conference “Newly arrived migrants and their integration via sport ” was co-organised by the Council of Europe’s Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) and the Ministry of Defence and Sports of Austria in Vienna on the 2-3 June 2016. This conference addressed how sport can be used as a tool to enhance the integration of migrants.
This conference addressed how sport can be used as a tool to enhance the integration of migrants.
Conference “Tolerance and Diversity through Physical Education and Sport”
Bled, Slovenia - 19-20 November 2015
The conference aimed 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.
Experts and academics discussed with the participants the theoretical background of policies and strategies of value-based physical education lessons and sport training to overcome social problems such as intolerance towards other cultures, social rejection or peer bullying. Interactive workshops allowed the participants to discuss good practice examples developed by the experts within the “Physical education and sport for democracy and human rights” project on how physical education and sport can be effectively used to teach young people to act as citizens with rights and responsibilities, to learn about fair play, ethics, respect and tolerance for oneself and others.
The political debate outlined the possibilities for improving policies and strategies by identifying sport as a tool for promoting tolerance and diversity in modern society. The conclusions have been reflected in the Conference Declaration and provide impulse and guidance for possible further steps at national level.
Seminar on “Implementing Gender Mainstreaming in Sport”
Strasbourg, France - 17 November 2015
The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) of the Council of Europe 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. The discussions were based around the Council of Europe’s Recommendation on Gender Mainstreaming in sport.
Attendees got hands-on advice on how states and the sports movement can successfully put gender mainstreaming policies into place.
Conference on the Promotion and Implementation of the Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions
Oslo, Norway - 17-18 March 2015
Following the opening for signature of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions on 18 September 2014 in Macolin/Magglingen, Switzerland, EPAS has been entrusted with the task of promoting the Convention and taking some preparatory steps to facilitate a quick and effective start by the Convention Follow-up Committee.
The Conference organised in Oslo was due to provide information on the on-going progress of signatures and ratifications, to identify possible obstacles that may be addressed at international level and to propose measures to promote signatures and ratifications of the Convention beyond Europe. It was also aimed at identifying how relevant authorities and other stakeholders can contribute to implementing the Convention and at clarifying the standards to be adopted by the Convention Follow-up Committee.
The Conference gathered around 110 participants representing public authorities as well as sports organisations involved in legal issues (officials from Sports Ministries and Justice and law enforcement authorities and Betting Regulatory Authorities).
Round-table on combat sports
Paris, France - 12 November 2014
The aim of the round table was to provide an opportunity for an exchange of views and information about current national positions vis-à-vis the numerous combat sports and the changes that have affected them since the adoption of Recommendation 99 (11) of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the prohibition of free fighting contests, such as cage fighting.
The round table began with a presentation on the subject by an expert from the sports movement, which was followed by a discussion. Then the participants had the opportunity to speak, share experience and ideas on the basis of questions prepared by the States.
Conference on “Sport and Prison”
Paris, France - 15-16 June 2014
The conference aimed at promoting sport as a way of addressing the well-being and social skills of prisoners in detention as well as enabling them to change their behaviour and attitudes, develop their ability to work and live together and learn to respect others, including opponents, and to comply with rules, in order to facilitate their re-integration into society.
On the one hand, the conference presented the results of a survey on the management of various prisons in Council of Europe member States. The objective of this report is to provide Council of Europe member States with a handbook containing a set of criteria which will allow them to evaluate, assess and plan specific (existing or future) “sport in prison” projects. On the other hand, the conference gave member States the opportunity to present good practice examples in order to show how the benefits of sport in a prison environment can be capitalised upon.
Conference on “Inclusion and Protection of Children in and through Sport”
Budapest, Hungary - 7-8 October 2013
The conference was co-organised by the EPAS and the Hungarian Secretariat of Sport, in co-operation with the Council of Europe’s ONE in FIVE Campaign to stop sexual violence against children. It addressed two main issues: the inclusion of children in vulnerable situations in sport so that they can take advantage of the benefits which sport offers and the protection of children against sexual harassment in sport.
The conference brought together delegates from the world of research, sports movement and public authorities.
The first day of the conference revolved around workshops grouping together different stakeholders on themes such as:
- Roma children and sport
- Young athletes and migration
- Children in vulnerable situations
The second day focussed on protecting children and young people from violence and sexual abuse within sport.
Seminar on “Overview of sport in European prisons: how the penitentiary rules in relation to sport are implemented in practice”
Strasbourg, France - 5 March 2013
Under the Andorran Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, EPAS organised a seminar to bring together experts from both the penitentiary and sporting authorities in Europe.
The aim of the seminar was to discuss the well-being and socialising of prisoners in detention and facilitating their re-integration into society through sport so as to enable them to change their behaviour and attitudes, develop their ability to work and live together and learn to respect others, including opponents, and to comply with rules.
Seminar on Sports Judiciary and Human Rights and Round Table on Sport Arbitration and State Arbitration
Strasbourg, France - 14-15 February 2013
The seminar focused on the co-existence of disciplinary systems in the sports movement and in public law (particularly human rights protection mechanisms). The aim of the seminar was to establish dialogue between specialists of human right protection mechanisms, in particular the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), and specialists of the sports arbitration mechanisms, notably the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The seminar intended to look at the bigger picture and not to focus on single cases.
The EPAS complemented the seminar with a Round Table on 15 February 2013, which brought together governmental experts from its member States and which used to gather information on the way in which potential conflicts between sports law and state law are prevented and handled in the various States.
Seminar on sports betting and anti-money laundering
Brussels, Belgium - 11 December 2012
This technical seminar gathered experts in sport policies, betting operations and the fight against money laundering to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and consider whether the field of sports betting activities should be investigated further as a risky sector with regards money laundering.
The seminar also aimed at raising awareness of the current activities relating to the fight against money laundering among the different authorities, the sports movement and the betting operators and at considering the mutual benefit and the relevance of cooperation between betting regulatory authorities and authorities in charge of money laundering.
Conference “United against homophobia in sports: the contribution of policy-makers, researchers and sports movements”
Utrecht, The Netherlands - 11 and 12 October 2012
The EPAS co-organised a major event with the European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation and the Council of Europe’s LGBT issues Unit, in co-operation with Utrecht University/School of Governance, Movisie and the Mulier Institute.
The conference was namely opened by Mrs Edith Ingeborg Schippers, the Dutch Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport, and Ms Filloreta Kodra, Deputy Minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. It revolved around interactive workshops grouping together different stakeholders on themes such as the safety of LGBT athletes, attitudes of supporters in stadiums, possibility for “same-sex” couples to participate together in certain sporting disciplines, and the integration of transgender athletes in recreational and competitive sport.
The aim was to take stock of the overall situation regarding homophobia and transphobia in and through sport, to look at activities and projects being run by the various parties and to see their impact, in particular, on young people.
Seminar on Sports facilities
Tirana, Albania - 26 to 27 June 2012
The seminar was opened by Mr Aldo Bumçi, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sport, and an address to the participants was delivered by Mr Edmond Haxhinasto, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania as well as acting Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers.
European Women and Sport Conference
London, United-Kingdom - 15 to 18 September 2011
In connection with its Programme to Promote Diversity in and through Sport, the EPAS organised its annual political event in London from 15 to 18 September 2011. This 10th Conference on Women and Sport was co-organised by European Women and Sport (EWS).
The conference featured interactive workshops on topics such as gender mainstreaming in sport, European leadership programmes, life after sport, disability sport as well as coaching.
Mr Hugh Robertson, the United Kingdom Minister for Sports and Olympics, Mrs Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mrs Androulla Vasilliou, European Commissioner responsible for Sport, and Sir Phil Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee took part in the event.
Seminar on Volunteer Programmes for Major Sports Events
Kazan, Russian Federation - 30 to 31 May 2011
This seminar was co-organised by the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Russian Federation
It tackled the identified issues of volunteer programmes and provided a platform for field professionals to share their experiences and practices from their projects.
International conference on “Fight Against Racism and Violence through Diversity in Sport”
Belgrade, Serbia - 20 to 21 October 2009
“Tolerance, mutual respect and fair play are at the heart of every sport and must be promoted by all” announced Mrs Snezana Samardzic, Minister of Youth and Sport, Republic of Serbia.
During this conference, which took place from 20 to 21 October in Belgrade, four ministers and representatives from 24 European countries met together in search of solutions and remedies to combat this threat.
Seminar on “Promoting intercultural dialogue : the role of sport and education in the Balkan region”
Belgrade, Serbia - 22 October 2009
This event, which took place the 22nd October in Belgrade brought together public authorities representing Ministries of Sport of the countries from the Balkan region and NGOs that promote, through educative and sports activities, anti-racism and intercultural dialogue in these countries. Exchanges of experiences will lead to increased public support for initiatives carried out at grass roots level in this field.
The discussions demonstrated the social relevance of sport in the Balkan region, e.g. to fight against violence at school. As regards communication between different stakeholders, the seminar provided a good starting point. There is indeed a great need to reinforce the relations between NGOs and ministries.