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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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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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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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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Conference: tackling sexual violence in sport

29-30 april 2019 Helsinki, Finland

In recent years, sport has been confronted, in many countries, with many cases of sexual violence against women and children,and its stakeholders are determined to do something about it. Fostering dialogue between public authorities, the sports movement and stakeholder organisations to tackle...

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United Kingdom signs the Convention on safety, security and service in sport

15 April 2019 Strasbourg

On 15 April, Ambassador Christopher Yvon, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom, formalised, before the Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, the signature of the Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service...

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Call for tender: revision of the European Sports Charter

11 april 2019 Strasbourg, france

The Council of Europe is currently analysing the possible revision of the European Sports Charter (ESC). In that context, it is looking for a supplier to provide: an impact assessment of the ESC; a feasibility study providing recommendations for the possible revision of the ESC including a draft...

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30th Anniversary Symposium of the Anti-Doping Convention

4-5 April 2019 Athens, Greece

The 30th Anniversary Symposium of the Anti-Doping Convention took place in Athens. The Secretariat of the Sport Conventions Division of the Council of Europe expresses its gratitude to the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Culture and Sport and the Hellenic National Council for Combating Doping...

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KCOOS+ Regional Seminar with the Pacific countries

8-9 April 2019 Nadi, Fidji

The Council of Europe’s operational project of the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, CETS 215, Keep Crime Out of Sport Plus 2018-2020, (KCOOS+), organised a regional seminar focusing on the Pacific countries’ co-operation on 8-9 April in Nadi, Fiji, in collaboration with the...

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Council of Europe holds the 1st Meeting of the UEFA EURO 2020 Advisory Group on Legal Issues

23/03/2019 Paris

The UEFA EURO 2020 Advisory Group on Legal Issues met for the first time in Paris on Thursday 23 March 2019. This Advisory Group was established by the Council of Europe’s Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence, to work under the umbrella of the Working Group on the...

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Polish Sport Minister Bańka is European candidate for WADA President

27 February 2019 Strasbourg, France

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe approved today the nomination of Witold Bańka, Minister for Sport and Tourism of Poland, as single European candidate to the post of President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Read more

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Obituary: Sonia Parayre

27 February 2019 Strasbourg, France

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our colleague, Sonia Parayre, on 21 February 2019, aged 45. Sonia joined the Council of Europe in September 2000 as a lawyer and worked in many sectors including the Directorate of Co-operation for Local and Regional Democracy, the Division...

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The Macolin Convention in operation at the KCOOS+ Regional Seminar for GUAM Countries

14-15 February 2019 Kyïv, Ukraine

The Council of Europe’s operational project of the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, CETS 215, Keep Crime Out of Sport Plus 2018-2020, organised a regional seminar focusing on the GUAM countries’ co-operation on 14-15 February in Kyïv (Ukraine), hosted at the GUAM...

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The third consultative visit took place in Bilbao, Spain

Preparations for UEFA EURO 2020

10-11 February 2019 Bilbao, Spain

On the occasion of a Spanish Football League match between Athletic Club Bilbao and FC Barcelona, at San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence organised on 10-11 February 2019 its third consultative visit to one of the host cities of the...

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Council of Europe meets the Australian National Platform against the manipulation of competitions

31 January 2019 Sydney, Australia

On 31 January 2019 the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni and Director General of Democracy Ms Snežana Markovic met in Sydney the representatives of Australian National Platform responsible for co-ordinating the fight against sports manipulations. Mr...

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The Council of Europe carries out a fact-finding visit for Qatar Football World Cup 2022

31/01/2019 Doha, QATAR

Between 21 and 23 January, a delegation of the Sport Conventions Division of the Council of Europe, including FIFA observers, carried out a fact-finding visit to Doha (Qatar), within the framework of its project on technical assistance for Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 (project “Qatar 22”). This...

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