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The Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions (the Macolin Convention)

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The Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions (the Macolin Convention) was opened for signature on 18 September 2014, at the 13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport in Macolin, Switzerland.


3rd International Conference on the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions – promotion and implementation of the Macolin Convention


The Council of Europe (Sport Conventions Division, DGII) will organise the next conference in Strasbourg on 24 and 25 September 2018.



The 3rd Strasbourg Conference is an important step in a process where significant achievements have already taken place in the Macolin Convention framework. It will focus on the role and responsibilities of the National Platforms, which are the key component for responding to the remaining challenges related to the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions.


The Conference will enhance the importance of the diversity of actors who participate (or should participate) in the national and international cooperation systems. It will pay tribute to their complementary efforts as part of the existing environment (1+1=2), while demonstrating added advantages offered by the Macolin Convention in establishing new approaches and innovative partnerships within which the potentials of each actor are combined in order to reach multiple impacts (1+1=3).




The Strasbourg Conference will propose thematic workshops as part of which the representatives of the National Platforms, together with the international stakeholders currently contributing to the Macolin Roadmap, will identify the common pending problems faced by the National Platforms and propose concrete actions on which they should be engaged in priority.


PARTICIPANTS (under invitation only)


The Conference will prioritise engaged members of established and upcoming National Platforms.


National Coordinators / Contact Persons in the Group of Copenhagen (Network of National Platforms set up by the Council of Europe)[1] will propose to the Secretariat (on 15 August 2018 at the latest) a list of 5 persons to be invited (Coordinator + leading institution + 3 key actors: ministries, LEA, prosecutors and betting regulatory authorities and operators).


Other countries willing to take part in the Conference are also encouraged to express their interest to the Secretariat before 15 August 2018 in order to set up their list of participants who will receive official invitations.


Depending on the remaining availability, the Secretariat will respond to other requests for participation after 15 August 2018.




Two complementary processes are currently underway:


  1. Thematic networks[2] have delivered “thematic reports” which highlight commonly acknowledged problems by the different groups of stakeholders. These reports are being compiled into a single synthesis for comments by the Inter-ministerial Network of Public Authorities[3] in order to produce a working note.


  1. The National Coordinators / Contact Persons in the Group of Copenhagen oversee an integrated approach carried out by the National Platforms toward the identification of all issues related to the manipulation of sports competitions according the Macolin Convention. The result of this process will enable to propose a list of themes and good practices to be discussed during the conference.


The programme of the Conference will be developed progressively, and officially published at the beginning of the summer.

[1] Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

[2] Existing networks coordinated by leading international actors: Betting Regulatory Authorities (by Council of Europe), Police (by INTERPOL), Prosecutors and Judicial Authorities (by Council of Europe), Sport Movement (by International Olympic Committee and EU Athletes), Betting Operators (by World Lotteries Association-European Lotteries-GLMS and ESSA).

[3] Set up by the Council of Europe after the Paris seminar held in November 2017.

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