Network of National Platforms (Group of Copenhagen)
The Group of Copenhagen, also called the Network of National Platforms, is the Advisory Group of the Macolin Convention’s Follow-up Committee to enhance the establishment, operation, and development of National Platforms.
A National Platform is the key national hub described in Article 13 of the Macolin Convention dedicated to the co-ordination of the fight against competition manipulation at national level. The Group of Copenhagen pools the representatives of National Platforms, functioning as a global network of operationally engaged experts, working together, and supporting each other to detect, sanction and prevent sports competition manipulation, as defined in the Macolin Convention.
The Advisory Group operates under the authority of the Follow-up Committee and in close cooperation with the Council of Europe Secretariat. Its main tasks include the formulation and development of proposals to strengthen the governance and operational capacity of National Platforms as well as the broader Macolin community. For these, the Group can also support capacity building initiatives as well as propose and undertake research and surveys on general and specific topics.
Regarding the composition and working methods of the Group of Copenhagen, it is coordinated by the Advisory Group Bureau and works through plenary meetings. The Advisory Group may invite observers to attend its meetings, which take place at least two times per calendar year, and participate in its work, without right to vote.
The Bureau, comprising the Chair, the Vice-Chair and five other elected members representing public authorities with a two-year mandate, meet at least four times per calendar year. The Bureau may decide to hold consultations or hearings with stakeholders not included in the Advisory Group and can set up thematic working groups to advise on and/or to implement specific programs and activities.
More information on the functioning of the Group are available on its Terms of Reference.
The Bureau of the Advisory Group is currently composed as follows:
- Chair: Corentin Segalen, France
- Vice-Chair: Chiel Warners, the Netherlands
- Elected members:
- Darren Mullaly, Australia
- Christine Casteels, Belgium
- Maria Dimopoulou, Greece
- Kristian Johnsen Hjetland, Norway
- Nick Oliver, United Kingdom
4th meeting of the Group of Copenhagen, April 2023 (exact date to be confirmed)
3rd meeting of the Group of Copenhagen, 17-18 October 2022
The Group of Copenhagen gathered in Strasbourg for the second time since its creation as an Advisory Group to the Follow-up Committee of the Macolin Convention. Corentin Segalen (France) chaired the meeting, attended by more than 50 members and observers in person or by phone. The Group welcomed the first participation of representatives from Croatia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Northern Macedonia.
The Group of Copenhagen noted the recent developments at national level. The delegations took the opportunity to recall the importance of exchanging alerts. The representatives of the platforms also defined the modus operandi for monitoring the next World Cup in Qatar.
The Group launched new working groups to implement its 2022-2025 action plan. The Group also discussed the latest performance analysis report and the new version of the typology of sports manipulations.
The delegations also adopted a strategic framework to better cooperate with the various actors in the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions.
Finally, the Group welcomed the creation of a network of sports prosecutors in November.
The meeting ended on October 18 with a closing event on the achievements of the project "Football Local Alerts Global Strategy (FLAGS)". The Council of Europe took the opportunity to thank all the public and private partners having contributed to this initiative.
The Group of Copenhagen also decided on the dates for its next meeting, which will take place in April 2023. The complete list of decisions taken is available here.
2nd meeting of the Group of Copenhagen, 5-6 April 2022
The Group of Copenhagen had the opportunity to gather in person on 5-6 April 2022 in Strasbourg for the first time since its establishment as the Advisory Group to the Macolin Convention’s Follow-up Committee. 15 delegates from national platforms spanning 4 continents joined 20 members connected remotely to discuss and analyse developments and achievements gained since the Group’s first meeting on 22 November 2021.
As part of the Group’s cooperation with the Follow-Up Committee, delegates looked into the findings of a survey on model legal provisions for data protection in the framework of the Macolin Convention, and were presented wih the Committee’s contribution to the PACE Rec 2221 (2022) on “Football governance: business and values”.
With research being a priority area for the Group’s work, e-sports betting, typology tools, match-fixing in non-competitive matches, and the MotivAction and COSMOS initiatives were discussed at length.
In line with its role as the operational arm of the T-MC Committee, the Group discussed the monitoring of recent and future major international competitions, and ongoing technical cooperation projects such as FLAGS and the newly created Addressing Competions’ Manipulation Together (ACT ),alongside the implementation of these topics through the Draft Action Plan 2022-2025, with a view to its adoption.
A full list of achieved decisions is available here.
1st meeting of the Group of Copenhagen, 22 November 2021
On Monday 22 November 2021, the Group of Copenhagen met for the first time as Advisory Group to the Follow-up Committee of the Macolin Convention on the manipulation of sports competitions. This meeting was attended by representatives from more than 30 countries from all regions of the world.
The Group of Copenhagen adopted its Rules of procedure and elected Mr Corentin Segalen (France) as Chair, Mr Chiel Warners (the Netherlands) as Vice-Chair together with five Bureau members as follows: Mr Darren Mullaly (Australia), Ms Christine Casteels (Belgium), Ms Maria Dimopoulou (Greece), Mr Kristian Johnsen Hjetland (Norway) and Mr Stephen Paine (United Kingdom).
The need for a close cooperation and articulation of the work of this Group with the work of the Follow-up Committee was highlighted and a number of important areas of work discussed: information sharing and data protection, e-sports betting, the Typology tools, the monitoring of major international competitions and technical cooperation projects. The Advisory Group will on the basis of those first exchanges develop its 2022-2025 Action Plan.
The list of decisions is accessible here.