The Council of Europe’s Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) organised, in conjunction with the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary, its biennial Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport. The conference was held on 29 November in Budapest and focused on the topics of “The fight against doping and match-fixing” as well as “Towards better governance in sport through enhanced co-operation between governmental bodies and stakeholders in sport”. Ministers of Sport representing states parties to the European Cultural Convention, EPAS members and non-member states having Observer status attended the conference.
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.
Fight against doping, match-fixing and improving good governance high on the agenda of the Ministerial Conference in Hungary
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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”.