Norway hosted its first EPAS Evaluation Visit on its compliance with the European Sport Charter on 20-21 March 2018. A team of EPAS sports policy experts met over the two days with the main stakeholders in Norwegian sport (governmental and municipal authorities, the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF), including the elite sport body Olympiatoppen. The visit focused on drop-out levels by boys and girls from sport, promoting youth sport and sport for senior citizens, and improving the education of coaches. The full programme of the visit included a meeting with State Secretary Frida Blomgren. A report on Norway’s compliance, including recommendations, will be made available to the Norwegian 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”.