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.

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Good governance in Polish sports associations: a new code

warsaw, poland 12 april 2018
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Good governance in Polish sports associations: a new code

Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General for Democracy, participated in a conference organised by the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of Poland where the new Good Governance Code for Polish Sport Associations was revealed and disseminated. The event brought together representatives from Polish sport associations as well as high-level panellists who presented the Code and discussed the issue of good governance in sport, including from an international perspective. The Director General took part in the opening high-level discussion panel and also took the opportunity of this visit to hold bilateral talks with the Minister of Sport and Tourism, Witold Bańka.

Conference programme

Website of the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of Poland


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”.