Pre-visit to Czech Republic for the National Football Police Training

18 October 2019 Prague, Czech Republic

he ProS4+ team and their expert carried out a pre-visit to Prague (Czech Republic) on 22-24 September. The purpose of the visit was twofold: To observe the police preparation and operations as well as their interaction with fan groups in connection with a football match; To conduct/film...

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Call for Tenders - production of training materials

17 October 2019 Strasbourg, France

The “ProS4+: Promoting and Strengthening the Council of Europe Standards on Safety, Security and Service at football matches and other sports events” project is currently organising training events to promote the safety, security and service standards enshrined in the new 2016 Council of Europe...

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Estonia signs the Convention on Safety, Security and Service in Sport

14 October 2019 Strasbourg

On 14 October 2019, Ambassador Rasmus Lumi, Permanent Representative of Estonia, formally signed the Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Approach to Safety, Security and Service at Football Matches and Other Sports Events (CETS No. 218), also known as the “Saint-Denis Convention”, at an...

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European Sport Charter: consultative visit to Bulgaria

7-9 October 2019 Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria hosted its first Consultative Visit on compliance with the European Sport Charter on 7-9 October. A team of sports policy experts met with the main stakeholders of the Bulgarian sports movement, including representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Bulgarian Football...

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Ministerial Conference 2020: date announced

01 October 2019 Strasbourg, France

The 16th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport will be hosted by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia. During its recent meeting, the Bureau of the EPAS Governing Board approved Thursday 5 November 2020 as the date of this high-level event. The...

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ALL IN: closing event of the project

10 september 2019 Brussels, Belgium

The ALL IN project held its closing event in Brussels on 10 September, showcasing the results of this 20-month project. The event was attended by country partners to the project and representatives of sports organisations. After intense data collection campaigns were rolled out across 18 partner...

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Spain ratifies Convention on Safety, Security and Service in Sport (Saint-Denis Convention)

10 September 2019 Strasbourg

Ms María José Rienda Contreras, Spanish Secretary of State for Sports and President of the High Council for Sports, formally deposited the instrument of ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Approach to Safety, Security and Service at Football Matches and Other Sports...

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EPAS Consultative Committee welcomes two new members

5 September 2019 Strasbourg, France

EPAS is pleased to welcome two new members to its Consultative Committee, bringing the total membership of organisations and associations representing the sports movement up to 29. The decision to admit the European Association for Sport Management (EASM) and the International Dance Organization...

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The Macolin Convention has entered into force

1 September 2019 Strasbourg, France

The Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions CETS 215 has entered into force on 1 September 2019 Italy, Republic of Moldova, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and Ukraine are the first States Parties to the Macolin Convention. This first group of countries paves the way for the work of...

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IPACS Steering Committee holds its 5th meeting

1 july 2019 Paris, France

Corruption in Sport is a global phenomenon threatening the integrity of the overall industry and posing a major challenge for today’s societies. The International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS), a multi-stakeholder initiative to strengthen efforts to eliminate corruption and...

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Trans-national cooperation to fight the manipulation of sport competitions keeps strengthening under the Council of Europe auspices

17-19 June 2019 Rennes, France

At its 8th meeting in Rennes (France, 17-19 June 2019), the Network of National Platforms for Combating Sports Manipulation (Group of Copenhagen) validated the provisions of a protocol for monitoring the Women's World Football Championship, which now allows it to participate in the work of the...

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ASPIRE: final conference

14 june 2019 Frankfurt, Germany

The ASPIRE project (Activity, Sport and Play for the Inclusion of Refugees in Europe) was an international project, led by ENGSO from 1 January 2017 until 30 June 2019. This project sought to establish how sports clubs can best support the inclusion of migrants and refugees, building on the wide...

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CETS 215 will enter into force on 1 September 2019

11 June 2019 Strasbourg, France

By depositing its instrument of ratification at the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Helsinki on 16 May 2019, Switzerland was the 5th country to ratify the Macolin Convention, ensuring its entry into force on 1 September 2019. Italy, which deposited its instrument...

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FIFA Women's World Cup

7 June - 7 July 2019 France

The "Group of Copenhagen" (Network of National Platforms) and FIFA collaborating for FIFA Women's World Cup (France, 7 June – 7 July 2019) The Network of National Platforms (which comprises 25 countries) will participate in the "FWWC integrity task force" set up by FIFA to ensure the integrity...

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Committee on Spectator violence discussed Hate speech

5-6 June 2019 Strasbourg

At its meeting on 5-6 June, the Standing Committee that oversees the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Spectator Violence discussed measures to prevent and respond to hate speech, racism and discrimination in the context of sport events. Around 70 delegates from 32 member...

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Peer-review exercise at Wembley, in the run-up to UEFA EURO 2020

18 May 2019 Wembley, London

A team of the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence held a peer-review exercise at Wembley Stadium (London), on 18 May, during the English FA Cup Final. This is the fourth of six planned consultative visits and peer-review exercises for the hosting countries of UEFA...

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Council of Europe Convention on safety, security and service at sports events: More signatures and ratifications expected soon

15/05/2019 Strasbourg

The EU Council has just published its Decision 2019/683 authorising Member States to become parties, in the interest of the European Union, to the Council of Europe Saint-Denis Convention (see here). It is expected that, in the coming weeks and months, several EU Member States will be able to...

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GAISF joins the EPAS Consultative Committee

14 May 2019 Strasbourg, France

EPAS is pleased to welcome the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) to its Consultative Committee, bringing the total membership of organisations and associations representing the sports movement up to 27. The decision comes following the Ministers’ Deputies’...

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Interest for ProS4+ eLearning Course continues to grow

9 May 2019 Strasbourg, France

The ProS4+ project’s eLearning course on Council of Europe Convention on safety, security and service at sports events, launched in December 2018, has now around one hundred users. The user profiles vary: we have Security Officers from Football Federations, Police (National Football Information...

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