Ralf Göbel, Deputy Director General for Sport of Germany, attended the Committee of Ministers’ Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) meeting in Strasbourg on 22 February. He gave a speech highlighting Germany’s initiatives in the framework of its presidency of the G20 to promote the fight against corruption in sport, and held an exchange of views with Council of Europe member states’ representatives in the GR-C on other initiatives being launched on this topic. The discussions mentioned in particular the key role the Council of Europe is playing in IPACS and the forthcoming Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport to be held in Tbilisi, on 16 October 2018.
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”.