Georgia hosted a second Evaluation Visit on 28 February to 1 March 2018, on its compliance with the European Sport Charter. This visit came as a follow-up to the first visit in Georgia by EPAS back in 2014. A team of sports policy experts met the main stakeholders of the sports programme in Georgia, focusing on grassroots sport, co-operation with the sports organisations and funding, and the development of training schemes for sports teachers and coaches. The full programme of the visit included a meeting with Minister of Culture and Sport of Georgia, Mr Mikheil Janelidze. A report on the compliance of Georgia, including respective Recommendations, will be made available to the Georgian authorities, following the visit.
Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS)
EPAS provides a platform for intergovernmental sports co-operation between the public authorities of its member states. It also encourages dialogue between public authorities, sports federations and NGOs. This contributes to better governance, with the aim of making sport more ethical, more inclusive and safer.
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”.