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Key decisions: 11th joint meeting of the Governing Board and Consultative Committee

Limassol (Cyprus) 09-10/05/2017
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Key decisions: 11th joint meeting of the Governing Board and Consultative Committee

On 9-10 May, the two EPAS committees held their annual joint meeting in Limassol, Cyprus, and over the two days they discussed a variety of topics and made some key decisions, including among other:

  • to hold the next Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for sport in Georgia
  • the Governing Board’s election of its new Bureau, including a new Chair and Vice-chair
  • to organise a Round Table discussion in 2017 with interested states on the mapping of sports facilities at national level
  • to take note of the Consultative Committee’s statement regarding the closure of the UNOSDP

The next joint plenary meeting will take place on 14-15 May 2018.


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”.