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10 years of EPAS: Anniversary Conference

Limassol (Cyprus) 11/05/2017
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10 years of EPAS: Anniversary Conference

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.

Since its creation in 2007, EPAS has been promoting diversity in and through sport and provided a platform for intergovernmental sports co-operation between the public authorities of its member states.

After ten years, it was time to take stock of the achievements of the EPAS diversity activities and to discuss its future strategic orientation. For this reason, high profile speakers discussed the relevance of values, such as diversity and inclusion through and in sport.

The programme featured direct presentations including the results of the EPAS diversity activities, a high-profile panel discussion and workshops on the future strategy of EPAS.

The conference was preceded by the Joint meeting of the EPAS Governing Board and Consultative Committee (9-10 May, at the same venue).

Final Programme


Evaluation report by SPIN

Speeches and presentations

Opening session:

  • Egly Pantelakis, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus
  • Wendela Kuper, Former Chair of the EPAS Governing Board, Senior Policy Adviser, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, Netherlands

My story: How did sport impact my life?

  • Imke Duplitzer, Épée Fencer, Olympic Silver medallist, Germany
  • Matthew Lister, Slalom Canoer, 2x bronze medallist at ICF Canoe Slalom World Championship, LGBT ambassador for the British Athletes Commission, UK
  • Aya Medany, Champion for Peace, Pentathlete, 3x Olympian and Vice-World Champion, Egypt
  • (video)

Evaluation of EPAS diversity activities: What worked well?


Final report

EPAS aims to promote the development of any sport whose benefits are wide-reaching. It develops policies and standards, monitors them and helps with capacity-building and the exchange of good practices.

Different recommendations initially prepared by EPAS have been adopted by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers on issues of sports ethics, the autonomy of the sports movement, and the protection of young athletes from dangers associated with migration. Older recommendations such as the European Sports Charter are regularly monitored via consultative visits in member states. The Recommendation on Gender mainstreaming in sport is the most recent and was adopted on 21 January 2015. Work is currently underway to revise an old recommendation on “free fighting contests, such as cage fighting”.