The Committee on Safety and Security at Sports Events (T-S4)
Representatives from leading governmental agencies with responsibilities for sport safety and security, and from the National Football Information Point (NFIP) are appointed by the States in order to establish the Committee on Safety and Security at Sports Events. Observers from sport organisations will also be welcomed.
In practice, the Parties should appoint delegates from both the sport sector and the safety and security sector (in most of the cases, Ministry of Sport and Ministry of Interior or Justice). Experts from the sports federations or other relevant sport bodies can be comprised.
The Committee will monitor the application of the convention through a programme of visits to the state parties, based on an ethos of co-operation between States and a “peer review mechanism”. These visits will aim to provide advice and support in order to help the States to improve their policymaking, to take over best practices, and to comply with the provisions of the Convention.
The Committee will make recommendations to the Parties concerning measures to be taken for the implementation of the Convention and will offer them technical assistance according to their needs. It will also hold consultations with relevant partners and facilitate the collection and exchange of experience and good practice between States.
Note: According to Article 14.4 of the Saint Denis Convention, “In order to discharge its functions, the committee may, on its own initiative, arrange for meetings of groups of experts”. Based on this provision, the Committee, at its 1st meeting held on 14-15 April 2021, adopted by consensus its Rules of Procedure, which establish, in Article 5, three Advisory Groups: Monitoring, Standard-setting and Legal Issues, and International Co-operation. Later on, the Committee further established the Ad hoc Working Group on FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The Terms of Reference of these four Groups constitute Annexes 2 to 5 of the Rules of Procedure. The Committee may decide to establish further Ad hoc Working Groups for the incoming major football tournaments: UEFA EURO 2024 in Germany and FIFA World Cup 2026 (Canada, USA and Mexico).
2nd meeting of the T-S4 Ad hoc Working Group FIFA World cup Qatar 2022 (TBD)
3rd Meeting of the T-S4 Committee (TBD)
A common framework against racism and hate speech at sports events: the Saint-Denis Convention
1st Meeting of the T-S4 Committee
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1st T-S4/T-RV Coordination Group Meeting of the Committee
1st T-S4 Bureau meeting
Marie-Françoise GLATZ, Secretary
Paulo GOMES, Secretary
Francesco ZECCHETTO, Assistant