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2nd meeting of the informal working group on IPACS

Paris, France 14-15 December 2017
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2nd meeting of the informal working group on IPACS

Following on from its first meeting on 21 June, hosted by the Council of Europe at its premises in Paris, the informal working group on an International Partnership against Corruption in Sport has met for a second time on 14-15 December (hosted by the OECD) to carry on the work it initiated in the first meeting. The main objectives of this two-day meeting at OECD headquarters were to:

  1. formalise the setting up of the three Task Forces, their terms of reference, outputs, and the programme of work;
  2. agree on the structure and composition of the Working Group, the Annual Meeting, and the Task Forces;
  3. agree on an external communications strategy and public announcements;
  4. discuss upcoming meetings, events, and deliverables in 2018.

Link to official statement

Report of the second meeting of the informal Working Group, Paris, 14-15 December 2017 (when available)


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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”.