3rd International Conference on the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions – promotion and implementation of the Macolin Convention, 24 and 25 September 2018

The Conference opened by the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni brought together over 160 participants from 37 countries and 23 public and private international actors. Eleven workshops tackled a number of topics, namely sectorial groups of actors, national policies and themes which are at the core of the Macolin Convention.

A concrete set of priorities were identified, which will fuel the collective effort to be organised within the next phase of the “Macolin Roadmap”, which has as ultimate goal the ratification of the Macolin Convention.

Together with the support of international actors these priorities will be developed through the Network of the National Platforms created by the Council of Europe (« Group of Copenhagen ») and the project KCOOS+, as well as in collaboration with affiliated projects implemented by partners sharing Macolin Convention objectives. They include - amongst other things- the development of the National Platforms within the framework of the Convention as well as the development of mutualised mechanisms rendering platforms more efficient at national level and better coordinated at transnational level.

The necessity of the imminent entry into force of the Macolin Convention was at the centre of the conference and highlighted by all interventions, demonstrating the continued engaged support from all stakeholders with the support of their national authorities in the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions.