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15th Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport

Tbilisi, Georgia 15-16 October 2018
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15th Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport

Every two years, the Council of Europe co-organises a Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport. This year, on 16 October, Georgia hosted the 15th conference of this type, with its Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport as co-organiser.

The conference was held in Tbilisi and focused on two main themes:

  • Protecting human rights in sport: obligations and shared responsibilities

  • Fighting corruption in sport: scaling up action

Ministers of Sport representing states parties to the European Cultural Convention and EPAS member states attended the conference, along with high-level representatives from the sports movement.

The conference was preceded on 15 October by a meeting of the Senior Officials from all participating states, during which the draft Resolutions on the two topics were finalised.

Registered delegations can still consult and download the working and background documents via the “documents” section of the Conference website.

Adopted Resolutions

Speech by Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General

Press release


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”.