Several countries across Europe have either developed, or are in the throes of developing, an on-line mapping tool listing sports facilities in their towns and cities, so that they can better plan their investments and make maximum use of existing facilities. So far, there has been no international consultation within these projects. Having identified this as a common interest between its states, EPAS invited experts to attend a Round Table event where countries who have developed such geographical data systems could share their experience, discuss the benefits and pitfalls as well as give advice on technical issues.
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”.