Monitoring compliance of state parties with their commitments under the Convention on Spectator Violence, the Anti-Doping Convention, and the relevant sport recommendations, notably the European Sports Charter (Recommendation Rec(92)13rev) and the Code of Sports Ethics (Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)9) is the main task of the statutory bodies established by these treaties or by the EPAS Statute. It is, therefore, at the core of their activities.
The monitoring process is primarily intended to support the interested countries in developing or improving their policy and practice, in accordance with international standards. Moreover, it should facilitate international co-operation and transfer of relevant knowledge and experience between the countries. Visits can also be of benefit to those countries organising major sport events and/or in the bidding process to host major sport events. The events which should be considered in this context are major multisport events as well as World and European championships in high risk sports (for Anti-Doping Convention) and European and World football championships (for the European Convention on Spectator Violence).
The visits are prepared and carried out by the Standing Committee (for the Convention on Spectator Violence), the Monitoring Group (for the Anti-Doping Convention), and EPAS Governing Board (for the European Sport Charter or other recommendations), which respectively bear overall responsibility for the outcomes of a visit, in a spirit of peer review.