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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.

 

FOCUS

The 3rd Strasbourg Conference is an important step in the Macolin Roadmap for which the ultimate goal is the entry into force of the Macolin Convention. So far, several countries are actively engaged in systematic actions against the manipulation of sport competitions, and others are increasingly being accompanied in strengthening national legal frameworks, as well as implementing national action plans, or setting up legally sound co-operation structures and procedures, as for example the National Platforms.

 

The time is opportune within this context to enhance the importance of the diversity of actors who participate (or should participate) in cooperation systems within the framework of the Macolin Convention.

 

The 3rd Strasbourg Conference will pay tribute to their efforts in the current environment (1+1=2 – where efforts result in direct impact), while demonstrating added advantages created by the Macolin Convention in establishing new approaches and innovative partnerships (1+1=3 – where efforts are combined, multiplied, for multinational and multi-sectorial impact).

 

OBJECTIVES

 

The 3rd Strasbourg Conference will unite a maximum of members of the National Platforms and national stakeholders. As part of thematic workshops, they will collectively identify the specific problems they are facing during their daily activities, and decide on priorities to be addressed by preparing solutions using various articles of the Macolin Convention.

 

The 3rd Strasbourg Conference should share experiences and produce knowledge capable of helping National Platforms to develop efficient strategies making them more inclusive in involving a maximum of stakeholders, and more operational in preventing and detecting all types of sports manipulations. The National Platforms will therefore be able to provide means to the national, regional and international law enforcement and judiciary agencies to increase their capacities and efficiency for investigating and sanctioning against the manipulation of sports competitions.

 

PARTICIPANTS (under invitation only)

 

The Conference will prioritise engaged members of established and upcoming National Platforms. The National Coordinators / Contact Persons in the Group of Copenhagen (Network of National Platforms created by the Council of Europe)[1] will provide to the Secretariat (final deadline: 1 August 2018) a list of 5 key actors interested in attending the Conference (personal invitations will be addressed to these persons – travel and accommodation expenses are to be covered by participants). The list should propose a balanced participation from the relevant ministries, LEA and judiciary agencies, sport movement, betting regulatory authorities and operators.

Other countries are greatly encouraged also to take part in the Conference. National actors should express their interest to the Secretariat as soon as possible in order to receive official invitations.

International stakeholders currently contributing to the Macolin Roadmap will also be invited to attend the Conference and to provide input to discussions. They will be able to propose concrete actions in order to support the priorities which will be defined by the National Platforms, and therefore contribute to pave the way toward a mid-term structured and co-ordinated programme of activities (the Macolin Roadmap II).

Depending on the remaining availability of the conference room (maximum 265 seats), the Secretariat will respond to other requests for participation.
 

 

PREPARATORY PROCESS

 

Two complementary processes are currently underway for preparing the Conference and elaborating its detailed programme:

 

  1. The sectorial networks (networks of groups of stakeholders[2]) are delivering “thematic reports” which highlight commonly acknowledged pending problems and controversial issues.
  2. The Group of Copenhagen oversees an integrated approach carried out by the National Platforms toward all issues related to the manipulation of sports competitions. This will help take stock of the full scope of the Macolin Convention.

 

Based on these expected deliveries, the experts group of the Council of Europe will propose the themes which will be subject of thematic workshops. The detailed programme of the Conference will be available before the end of July 2018. The general structure of the Conference is provisionally the following:

 

24.09 morning

  1. Opening, welcome
  2. First session: groups of actors meetings – 4 simulateneous meetings
  3. Second session: National Platforms (by coyntry) meetings – divided in 4 rooms 
 

Afternoon

  1. Third session: Thematic workshops – 4 workshops involcing the representatives of the different groups of actors

 

25.09 morning

  1. Fourth session: Plenary conclusions
 

[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).

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