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Seminar "Implementing Gender Mainstreaming in Sport", Strasbourg (France), 17 November
EPAS organised a seminar on Gender Mainstreaming in Sport, in co-operation with European Women and Sport (EWS) on 17 November 2015 in Strasbourg, France. High-calibre speakers took the floor during this seminar and delved into the practical ways in which substantive gender equality can be reached in sport.

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Seminar on Sports Betting Monitoring and Fraud Detection Systems

On 10-11 December 2014, EPAS organised a seminar on Sports betting monitoring and fraud detection systems and the role they play in the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions. This seminar was organised in co-operation with the ASSER Institute and its European Sports Law Centre (AISLC) in the Hague, Netherlands. The new Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions (CETS215) makes several references to these detection systems, however, the sport and betting regulation authorities are not necessarily aware of the specific features, assets and the shortcomings of these systems run by the sports movement and by private companies. The Seminar was open to experts from relevant public authorities as well as sports organisations.

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Team Spirit 4:0 (Bern, Switzerland, 25 November 2014)

Organised by sports promoter, Sport-Toto, in co-operation with Loterie Romande and Swisslos lottery companies, this 4th edition of the “Team Spirit” event brought together over 100 members of parliament, sports federations, athletes and journalists. In the presence of Minister Ueli Maurer and IOC President Thomas Bach, the EPAS secretariat participated in a panel discussion on integrity in sport, in particular on the essential aspects of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions.

The Secretariat of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) of the Council of Europe reacts to the death of Mr Predrag Manojlovic

The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) of the Council of Europe regrets to announce the death of Mr Predrag Manojlovic. Mr Manojlovic was the delegate of ENGSO and Chairman of the EPAS Consultative Committee until 2014. In this capacity he participated in the establishment of EPAS and contributed to its development as a representative of the sports movement. We will remember him as a tireless, passionate promoter of “sport for all”.

New member of the Consultative Committee
The Ministers’ Deputies decided on 17 September 2014 to accept a new member of the EPAS Consultative Committee: the International School Sports Federation (ISF) organises and co-ordinates international school sport events, its mission being to educate and to transmit important values through sport, and EPAS is delighted to have them on board.

Accession of Lithuania to EPAS
The Council of Europe is pleased to announce that Lithuania has become the 36th member state of EPAS as from 18 September 2014. We look forward to welcoming Lithuania’s delegates to forthcoming EPAS events, as well as to the next meeting of the Governing Board on 20-21 May 2015 in Strasbourg.

Adoption of a new Convention fighting against the manipulation of sports competitions

On 9 July 2014 the Ministers’ Deputies adopted a Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions. The purpose of this Convention is to prevent, detect, punish and discipline the manipulation of sports competitions, as well as to enhance the exchange of information, and national and international co-operation, between the public authorities concerned, and with sports organisations and sports betting operators.

Due to its worldwide scope, the convention was opened for signature on the occasion of the 13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport, which was held on 18 September 2014 in Macolin/Magglingen (Switzerland).

Link to Convention and Explanatory Report

13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport, 18 September 2014

The Council of Europe’s Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) organised in conjunction with the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS) its biennial conference of Ministers responsible for Sport. The conference was held on 18 September in Macolin/Magglingen, Switzerland. The main topics were “Corruption in the Governance of Sport” as well as “Current Political Issues of Pan-European Sports Co-operation”. Ministers of Sport representing states parties to the European Cultural Convention, EPAS members and non-member states having Observer status were invited to the conference.
DDPS Website
List of participants
Adopted resolutions

An informal networking event for Ministers, Sochi (7 February 2014)

In co-operation with the Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation, the EPAS organised a short, informal meeting, prior to the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. The aim was for the Ministers of Sport to hold an informal exchange of views on pan-European co-operation regarding major sports events and on how such events can create a positive legacy.

Executive Report

Promoting the physical and mental well-being of young athletes

The EPAS and experts from all over Europe implement the EU funded initiative "Pro Safe Sport for Young Athletes (PSS)" aiming at the promotion of the physical and mental well-being of young athletes. Since the kick-off meeting in Vienna, Austria, in january 2014, they regularly meet in workshops to discuss strategies to promote these topics.
“We are very happy to co-operate with important stakeholders in the field of sport, coaches, medicine and education”, stated Stanislas Frossard, Executive Secretary of the EPAS. “This mix of experts from various sectors will guarantee that the tools produced during the project will be relevant on the one hand and practical on the other”. The project will produce an educational toolkit which shall guide stakeholders, such as sport organisations and coaches, in promoting and safeguarding the physical, mental and social well-being of young athletes.
More information on health and safety issues on the homepage of the project

New observer to the Partial Agreement

New Zealand has joined the EPAS as observer as from 14 January 2014. We look forward to welcoming its delegate(s) to forthcoming EPAS events and to its participation in the negotiation of a possible convention against the manipulation of sports competitions.

Pan-European “Sport and Prison” Conference , 16-17 June 2014

The Council of Europe’s Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) co-organised a Pan-European Conference entitled “Sport and Prison” with the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, in co-operation with the French Ministry of Women's rights, City, Youth and Sport and the French Ministry of Justice. The event took place on 16 and 17 June 2014 in Paris.

The conference focused on two main issues. On the one hand, the results of the survey on the management of various prisons in member States of the Council of Europe was presented. The objective of this consultancy was to provide Council of Europe member States with a handbook containing a set of criteria which would allow them to evaluate, assess and plan specific (existing or future) “sport in prison” projects. On the other hand, the conference gave to member States the opportunity to present good practice examples in order to show how the benefits of sport in a prison environment can be capitalised upon.

How to reach the CNOSF and the IBIS Hotel?
Website of the French National Olympic Committee

Drafting Group finalises its work
After having initiated its work in October 2012 on drafting a convention against the manipulation of sports competitions, the Drafting Group has finalised its text at its 6th plenary meeting on 21 and 22 January 2014. The Group was composed of 51 delegations (including national experts from sports, betting regulatory and law enforcement authorities) and was advised along the way by representatives of the sports movement, betting operators and lotteries. The draft convention will now continue its journey through the various bodies of the Council of Europe, the aim being its adoption by the Committee of Ministers.

On closing the final meeting, Harri Syväsalmi (Chair of the Drafting Group) thanked the group for its hard work, adding that “this was the start of a key process in safeguarding the integrity of sport”.

EPAS annual conference to address issues concerning the inclusion and protection of children in and through sport, 7-8 October 2013, Budapest

A conference co-organised by the Council of Europe’s Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) and the Hungarian Secretariat of Sport in co-operation with the Council of Europe’s ONE in FIVE Campaign to stop sexual violence against children addressed two main issues: on the one hand it discussed strategies how children in vulnerable situations can be included in sport so that they can take advantage of the benefits which sport offers. On the other, the conference addressed protection against sexual harassment of children and young people in sport. It brought together delegates from the world of research, sports movement and public authorities.

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During its 7th meeting on 26-27 June 2013, the EPAS Governing Board elected its new Chairperson as well as its Bureau for a two-year mandate. The Board thanked its outgoing Chair, Mrs Ewa Markowicz (Poland) for her commitment and the excellent work she did. Mrs Markowicz will nevertheless continue to play a role as a member of the new Governing Board Bureau. The Board also congratulated and welcomed the newly elected Chair, Ms Wendela Kuper (Netherlands), who will take over this important role in what will be an intensive but interesting two years.

New members of the Consultative Committee

The Ministers’ Deputies decided on 29 May 2013 to accept three new members of the EPAS Consultative Committee: Play the Game, Panathlon International and the FARE network are renowned actors in the field of sports ethics in Europe and EPAS is delighted to have them on board.

Canada invited to join the negotiation procedure (29 May 2013)

The Ministers’ Deputies approved the decision to invite Canada to join the negotiation procedure on the drafting of a possible international convention against the manipulation of sports competitions.  Canada joins Israel, Japan and Morocco as the other non-European states involved in the negotiation process and may participate the next drafting group meeting in Strasbourg on 13-15 June 2013.

Integrity of sport: Council of Europe’s presence at the MINEPS V International Conference (Berlin, 29-30 May 2013)

UNESCO’s 5th International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport took place in Berlin, and was opened by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Council of Europe’s delegation to this event was headed by its Director General for Democracy, Mrs Snežana Samardžić-Marković, who spoke during the opening ceremony on the negotiation procedure to draft an international convention against the manipulation of sports competitions. She stressed the importance of an international approach to combat corruption in sport and urged non-European states to get involved in the procedure.

MINEPS V official site
Speech Snežana Samardžić-Marković

Accession of Malta to EPAS

The Council of Europe is pleased to announce that Malta has become the 35th member state of EPAS as from 1 June 2013. We look forward to welcoming Malta’s delegates to the next meeting of the Governing Board on 26-27 June in Strasbourg.

Seminar on “Overview of sport in European prisons”, 5 March 2013, Strasbourg

An expert seminar on the subject of sport in prisons was organised by EPAS, under the Andorran Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. Speakers and specialists from the penological and sports sectors across Europe presented an insight into this topic and inspired debate and discussion amongst the participants.

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Seminar on Sports Judiciary and Human Rights (14 February 2013) and Round table on Sport arbitration and State arbitration (15 February 2013), Strasbourg

In co-operation with the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, EPAS organised a seminar on the co-existence of disciplinary systems in the sports movement and in public law (particularly on human rights protection mechanisms). The aim of the seminar was to promote dialogue at international level between sports arbitration and states’ judiciary systems. The seminar was completed by a Round Table on Sport arbitration and State arbitration.

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Seminar on Sports Betting and Anti-Money Laundering, Brussels, 11 December 2012

Along with the Cyprus Presidency of the European Union, the EPAS is co-organising a seminar in order to facilitate an exchange of knowledge between experts in sport policies, the betting market and the fight against money laundering, to consider whether the field of sports betting activities should be investigated further as a risky sector with regards money laundering.

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Regional seminar on Gender Equality and International Dialogue in the Balkans, Bar, Montenegro, 15 November 2012

In co-operation with Fairplay-VIDC and BAAP, as well with support from the Football Associations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, EPAS is co-organising a regional seminar under the motto “Stronger Together – Football Unites”.  It will take place on 15 November 2012 in Bar (Montenegro), and will essentially bring together regional and international stakeholders, project partners and NGOs to exchange their opinions and share expertise on “Gender Equality and International Dialogue in the Balkans”. 

The seminar will focus on discussing and working out initiatives to overcome gender discrimination in the field of sports at national and international level, the aim being to further extend the network that includes stakeholders and athletes, and to debate future prospects for the Balkan region.
More information: www.fairplay.or.at or contact baap@vidc.org


The protection of young athletes from dangers associated with migration: a new Recommendation adopted on 19 September 2012

In European professional football, recruiting young players  is a reality, as reflected in the example of one of the best players at present, Lionel Messi, who was only 13 when he arrived at FC Barcelona.  Alongside that extraordinary success story, there are also more frequent unhappy experiences including violations of children’s rights, human rights and sports ethics. While migratory tendencies linked to sport appear most often in football, they also take place in other sports, and more and more athletes are migrating from southern countries to Europe or within Europe in pursuit of a career in sport. A large majority of those hoping to pursue a career abroad never acquire professional status, while some are forced into situations that are detrimental to their personal development and welfare.
Following numerous studies and meetings held within the framework of EPAS since 2009 on this subject, the Committee of Ministers has now adopted a Recommendation to member States on the protection of child and young athletes from dangers associated with migration.

EPAS launches the negotiation process for international convention on match-fixing.

Following on from Recommendation CM/Rec(2011)10 and the recent Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport (Belgrade, 15 March 2012), the Committee of Ministers has invited EPAS to launch the negotiation of a possible Council of Europe Convention against manipulation of sports results and notably match-fixing.
Why a convention? The problem of match-fixing is not only a sports issue, this is about fighting organised crime and corruption; beyond the manipulation of sports results, the protection of the core values of the 47 Council of Europe member states, especially the rule of law, is at stake.  The new international convention would be a binding instrument open to both European and non-European countries aimed at suppressing the manipulation of sports results which continues to grow across the world. The Council of Europe is committed to playing a pioneering role in this subject, just as it did 25 years ago with the anti-doping convention, by strengthening international cooperation and paving the way for worldwide action.
Member and non-member States are invited to take part in the negotiation and drafting process;  further details on how to proceed can be found in the “Framework and calendar” document.

Conference “UNITED AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA IN SPORTS : the contribution of policy-makers, researchers and sports movements”, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 11-12 October 2012

The EPAS is co-organising a major event with the European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation, the Council of Europe's LGBT issues Unit, and in co-operation with Utrecht University/School of Governance, Movisie and the Mulier Institute.
The conference will namely be opened by Mrs Edith Ingeborg Schippers, the Dutch Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport, and Ms
Filloreta Kodra, Deputy Minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. It will revolve around interactive workshops grouping together different stakeholders on themes such as the safety of LGBT athletes, attitudes of supporters in stadiums, possibility for “same-sex” couples to participate together in certain sporting disciplines, and the integration of transgender athletes in recreational and competitive sport.  The aim is to take stock of the overall situation regarding homophobia and transphobia in and through sport, to look at activities and projects being run by the various parties and to see their impact, in particular, on young people.
The organisers of the conference hope it will come up with avenues to be further explored, in order to make the fight against LGBT discrimination in sport more efficient and to allow LGBT athletes to carry out their sport in an unrestricted and safe way. 

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Regional seminar on Sports Facilities, Tirana, 26-27 June 2012

EPAS has co-organised a seminar on sports facilities, in collaboration with the Albanian authorities (Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports) within the framework of the Albanian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The seminar was opened by Mr Aldo Bumçi, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sport, and an address to the participants was made by Mr Edmond Haxhinasto, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania as well as acting Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers.
The two-day seminar, organised for public authorities in Balkan countries, included presentations by the European Olympic Committees, the Council of Europe’s Development Bank and European specialists from the field of sports facility management.  Issues such as funding, maintenance, and management of facilities were addressed, allowing the participants to understand, in particular, the pros and cons of the various potential arrangements for a public service delivery in partnership with private sector operators.


Conference on “Homophobia in the stadium”, Budapest, 30 June 2012

A conference on “Homophobia in the Stadium” organised by EGLSF, in cooperation with Football for Equality II and with participation from the Council of Europe, was held in Budapest on 30 June under the umbrella of the EuroGames 2012 which kicked off in Budapest on 27 June.
Mrs Sonia Parayre, Deputy Executive Secretary of the EPAS, took part in the conference alongside Mr Uffe Elbaek (Culture Minister of Denmark) and Mrs Tanja Walther-Ahrens (former football player, and representative of EGLSF) amongst others.  The discussions focused on the different approaches from (inter)national, regional and local governing bodies on tackling homophobia in sports throughout Europe. The conference also gave participants from the ENGSO Youth study session (organised in conjunction with EPAS at the Council of Europe’s European Youth Centre in Budapest from 24 June to 1 July) the opportunity to present the outcomes and video from their session on “Youth Sport speaks out on TabooPhobia”. Every year, the EuroGames gathers LGBT athletes and their friends, with over 2000 participants from 34 European countries expected to have taken part in this year’s event in Budapest.

EGLSF news
ENGSO Youth study session –
video preview


Euronews report on match-fixing

At the recent Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport which took place in Belgrade on 15 March 2012, those present invited the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) to launch the negotiation of a possible new international convention against manipulation of sports results and notably match-fixing. EPAS has started work on this process and is also taking steps to create a pan-european network of national betting authorities. These activities coincide with a short documentary which is currently being broadcast by the TV network “Euronews”. The report focuses on match-fixing, and features extracts from the Ministerial Conference in Belgrade.


EPAS partners ENGSO Youth in training seminar activities

The Council of Europe is partner to a study session being organised by ENGSO Youth entitled “Youth Sport speaks out on TabooPhobia - Developing a youth led campaign to challenge homophobia in and through sport”.  The session will take place at the European Youth Centre, Budapest from 24 June to 1 July and will focus on tackling homophobia in the world of sport. More details can be found on the ENGSO youth website.

Montenegro joins EPAS

In a letter to the Secretary General dated 21 February 2012, the Minister of Education and Sports of Montenegro, Mr Slavoljub Stijepović, announced that Montenegro would join the EPAS on 1 June 2012, making it the 34th member State of the Partial Agreement. It will participate, for the first time, in the EPAS Governing Board meeting taking place on 20-21 June 2012.

 A regional seminar co-organised by EPAS and the FARE network on “Women and Sport in the Balkans” is planned for November this year and will take place in Montenegro.

Match-fixing at Sport Ministers' Conference in Belgrade, Serbia

In the framework of activities of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS), the 12th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport took place on 15 March 2012 in Belgrade, at the invitation of the Serbian Government.
The conference consisted of two parts: in the first, following up on the Recommendation CM/Rec (2011) 10, Ministers addressed the promotion of the integrity of sport to fight match-fixing, with the possibility to negotiate a specific international convention. In the second one, the event focused on pan-European sports' co-operation and strengthening monitoring mechanisms of the European Convention on Spectator Violence.

Final resolutions
Speech by Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio
Speech by Michel Platini, President of UEFA

Will illegal betting threaten Europe’s year of sport?

Lausanne, 2 February, 2012
- Interview with Stanislas Frossard, the Executive Secretary of EPAS at the meeting of the Founding Working Group on the Fight Against Irregular and Illegal Betting in Sport of the International Olympic Committee.

In this interview, Stanislas Frossard, the organisation's key adviser on these issues, explains why he believes Council of Europe's standards could be the framework for the global response of this "concer of sport" estimated to be worth $140 billion.

"This is world-wide problem," he says. "Match-fixing has become the number one issue in sport policy. The Council of Europe has a leadership position.
"The Council of Europe intends to open its process to non-European states and to broaden good standards to fight against match-fixing and possibly to involve non-European states in its convention."

Concern about the threat posed to European sport by match-fixing and illegal betting is heightened this year due to the UEFA football championship tournament hosted by Ukraine and Poland and the London Olympics.

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Seminar on the Winter Olympic Games volunteer programme in Sochi, 15 - 16 December 2011

On 15 and 16 December 2011 a seminar took place in Sochi (Russia) on the recruitment and training of the volunteers for the Winter Olympic and Paralympics Winter Games Sochi 2014.

EPAS had the oppotunity to present its work and to introduce two international experts who shared their experience on managment of volunteer programmes. The seminar brought together the Directors of 26 regional volunteer hubs which will be in chatge of the recruitment and training of volunteers Sochi 2014.

EPAS activities relating major events will continue with a Conference on the evaluation of the sustainable impact of such sport events which will take place in Automn 2012.

The Council of Europe commits itself in the fight against match-fixing

On Wednesday 28 September 2011, the Committee of Ministers of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe adopted the Recommendation CM/Rec(2011)10 on the promotion of the integrity of sport against manipulation of results, notably match-fixing.

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Congress “Sport Practices, Disabilities and Territories”, Bourges, France on 28-30 June 2011

In connection with its Programme to Promote Diversity in and through Sport, the EPAS is supporting the Congress “Sport Practices, Disabilities and Territories”, co-organised by the “Pôle Ressources National Sport et Handicaps” and the French Ministry of Sports.

The Congress is taking place in Bourges, France on 28-30 June 2011. It aims at providing scientific exchanges of multidisciplinary applications in the field of sport, delving into the processes of integration of people with disabilities in sports.

The event features several round tables on topics such as training, sport practices from sport for all to elite sport, as well as public sport policies for people with disabilities at local, regional and international level.

Speakers include Chantal JOUANNO, the French Minister of Sport as well as representatives from the European Commission and leading institutions in the integration of people with disabilities such as Paralympics GB.  

Programme (in French only)

12th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport,
Belgrade, 15 March 2012

The conference will cover two main themes and is invited by the Serbian Government.

In the first part, the ministers will be invited to discuss the promotion of integrity in sport to combat match-fixing, and in particular the pros and cons of negotiating an international convention compared to continuing with co-operation based on existing conventions, complemented by decisions and non-binding legal instruments.

The second part will deal with political issues of pan-European co-operation and strengthening the monitoring capacities of the Convention on Spectator Violence.


European Women and Sport Conference 2011, London, 15-18 September 2011

In connection with its Programme to Promote Diversity in and through Sport, the EPAS announces its annual political event, the 10th Conference on Women and Sport, co-organised by European Women and Sport (EWS).

The conference will feature interactive workshops on topics such as gender mainstreaming in sport, European leadership programmes, life after sport, disability sport as well as coaching. To date, Mr. Hugh Robertson, the United Kingdom Minister for Sports and Olympics, Mrs. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mrs. Androulla Vasilliou, European Commissioner responsible for Sport, and Sir Phil Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee have already confirmed their participation. Registration is now open!

For more detailed information on the conference (in English and French) please visit the conference homepage: http://en.ews2011.com/

Seminar on Volunteer Programmes for Major Sports Events, Kazan, 30-31 May 2011

On 30-31 May 2011, a Seminar on Volunteer Programmes for Major Sports Events took place in Kazan (Russian Federation), co-organised by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) and the Russian Ministry of Sports, Tourism and Youth.

Speakers representing the organisers of the UEFA Euro 2012 (Poland and Ukraine), the Kazan (2013) or the Belgrade (2099) Universiades and the Sotchi 2014 Winter Olympic Games shared experiences, good practices and tools used during these programmes. They pointed out how volunteer programmes may foster sustainable involvement in the community, intercultural dialogue and the positive values of sport that are promoted by the Council of Europe.
The Seminar allowed an exchange of views between organising committees of events, NGOs in charge of volunteering and public authorities in charge of sport. The Seminar will be followed by other EPAS activities, in particular on the sustainable (social, economical and environmental) outcomes of major sports events.

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2nd National Conference of Adapted Sports: The Integration Process in the International Context, Valencia, Spain, 22-23 February 2011

In connection with its Programme to Promote Diversity in and through Sport, the EPAS is supporting a conference on adapted sport, co-organised by the Spanish Paralympic Committee, the Spanish Council of Sport and the University of Valencia.

The 2nd National Conference of Adapted Sports will take place in Valencia, Spain on 22-23 February 2011. This second edition of the conference will delve into the processes of integration of people with disabilities in sports, the focus being on the integration practices in an international context.

The conference features an exchange of experience and sharing of good practices regarding sport integration process in different European countries. International Sports Federations such as the International Cycling Union, as well as leading institutions in the integration of people with disabilities, such as Paralympics GB and its Spanish equivalent, the Spanish Paralympic Committee, will likewise share their views and contribute to the conference.

For more information and registration visit: http://www.eventosuv.com/index.php

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Youth Leaders at Council of Europe “Pilot Training on Intercultural Skills for Volunteers and Youth Leaders Working with People with Disabilities”

The “Pilot Training on Intercultural Skills for Volunteers and Youth Leaders Working with People with Disabilities” was held at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg/France on 3-6 February 2011. It was co-organised by the Council of Europe EPAS (Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport), Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia, ISCA (International Sport and Culture Association) and ENGSO Youth (European non Governmental Sport Organization Youth Section). 

The seminar mainly addressed the involvement of people with disabilities in sport and society, as well as the question how youth leaders and volunteers can support non-mainstream participation in theory and practice.

Interactive methods like workshops, sport games and open space tools, facilitated the engagement of and sharing of good practices in the field of youth participation among a group of very diverse participants, including a wide age range (14-52), people with intellectual disabilities and mainstream youth from 15 countries.

The training allowed youth with and without intellectual disabilities coming from different cultural backgrounds working in sport structures and events participants to build relations. It also provided the opportunity to debate ways to strengthen the participation and leadership of youth with and without intellectual disabilities in sport organisations and activities, by involving them in planning and organising activities and taking on ownership in driving those activities. In this context, sport was discussed as a tool to foster acceptance of youth with disabilities and to facilitate social inclusion. It was highlighted that at the same time, sport remains to be a field in which progress is needed to ensure the full participation of youth with disabilities.

For a vivid impression of the training, feel free to have a look at the 1:30 min YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eWM5bqpzg8

Regional seminar: “Disability Sport as an active tool to overcome discrimination and to promote social inclusion”, Warsaw, 17-18 January 2011

In the frame of its pan European programme to promote diversity in and through sport, this seminar was co-organised by the EPAS and the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of Poland, in co-operation with the European Paralympic Committee.

The Minister of Sport and Tourism, Adam Giersz, stressed that the polish authorities have developed actions in the field of social inclusion for people with disabilities and that they are actively supporting athletes with disabilities for elite sport in the context of the Olympic and Paralympic games in London 2012.

All the stakeholders attending the conference presented their respective activities and policies: on the one hand the intergovernmental organisations such as the Council of Europe, the EU or the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace; on the other hand, sport organisations/federation and NGOs.  Challenges are still faced by people with disabilities practice sport activities in their daily life, including youth. Specific challenges also arise in the practice of elite sport, in particular for disabled women. Finally, participants acknowledged the responsibility of the media on the representation of people with disabilities and its impact on the sport movement.

Progress has been achieved but many challenges lie ahead. The adoption of an integrated policy approach has been suggested and the EPAS will pursue its activities combining different measures, through training and awareness-raising events, as well as disseminating good practices.


Regional Seminar: "Promoting intercultural dialogue: How to overcome ethnic discrimination and racism in the Balkan region"

Skopje, “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, 14–15 October 2010

The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) and its FARE partners - the Macedonian Center for Culture and Development, the Football Federation of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and FairPlay-VIDC - held a regional seminar on the role of sport in promoting intercultural dialogue in the Balkan region.

The event was successful both in terms of participation and content-wise. Participants provided national, regional and European perspectives on how sport can contribute to overcoming ethnic discrimination and racism. Researchers presented the first findings of the Handbook on Social Cohesion in Post-Conflict Communities that the EPAS will publish and disseminate in 2011.

The seminar allowed, in particular, those involved regionally and internationally in sport to discuss the positive impact of football in tackling racism and nationalism. It also facilitated the strengthening of regional networking by facilitating exchanges between football associations and federations on the one hand and public authorities on the other hand.

 The fight against prejudices and stereotypes against Roma was extensively debated. However, thanks to input from several members of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network, the scope of discussion was wider and covered other grounds of discrimination such as homophobia in sport. The involvement of fans in fighting violence was also underlined.

Confirmation of the Statute of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS)

On 13 October 2010, the Committee of Ministers confirmed the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS), in accordance with its statute.

To celebrate this event, the EPAS organised a photo exhibition on sports practices, founded on the core values of the Council of Europe, in particular democracy, rule of law, ethics and intercultural.


Round table on "On-line sports betting: what are the stakes for sport?", Monaco, 11-14 October 2010.

The EPAS was represented at a round table on "On-line sports betting: what are the stakes for sport?" taking place during the International Sports Convention for Television and New Media in Monaco.

Stanislas Frossard, Executive Secretary of the EPAS gave a description of the Council of Europe's work on the subject of match fixing, referring particularly to Resolution 1 adopted by the Ministers responsible for Sport when they met in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 22 September 2010. Also speaking: Christophe Blanchard-Dignac, President of la Française des Jeux, Philippe Germond, Chief Executive Officer of France's PMU betting system, Denis Masseglia, President of France's National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF), Francesco Ricci Bitti, President of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), and Jean-François Vilotte, President of the French on-line gaming regulatory authority (ARJEL), who looked at the consequences of the regulation of gambling for relations between betting operators and the sports movement, the prevention of risks to sport arising from betting, and French practice in an international context.

Official event website: SPORTEL MONACO

"Match fixing" on the agenda of the Council of Europe Informal Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport in Baku, Azerbaijan, 2 September 2010

Organised by the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Description: Promoting the integrity of sport against manipulation of results, in other words "match fixing", was one of the main themes debated by ministers, senior officials and experts at the  Following introductory presentations by Declan Hill, researcher and journalist, and Drago Kos, President of GRECO (the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption), the ministers examined good practices that could be promoted to defend and reinforce sport's integrity against manipulation of results.

The adopted resolution supports the continuation of standard-setting activities regarding this issue, with the preparation of a recommendation to member states and a possible International Convention. It includes a comprehensive set of measures that Governments, Sports Movements and betting operators are invited to follow to better prevent manipulations of Sports results.

The Ministers also discussed issues such as the granting of visas to sports men and women participating in international competitions and the need to increase the monitoring of the Sports Conventions (Anti-Doping and Spectator Violence).  Jaime Lissavetzky, Secretary of State for Sport of Spain, was appointed  representative of the European Public Authorities in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee for 2011 and 2012.

Finally, the Ministerial Conference also took a stand to strengthen the co-operation between the Council of Europe and the European Union in the sphere of sport, in particular following the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, which specifies that the EU shall work closer with the Council of Europe on sports issues. The Conference was hosted and chaired by Azad Rahimov, Minister for Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, addressed a video message.

Resolution Nr 1

Resolution Nr 2

Morocco joins the EPAS



At the opening session of the “Seminar on the perspectives for co-operation between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Council of Europe”, which took place in Rabat on 22-23 February 2010, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mr Taïb Fassi Fihri, gave the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ms Maud De Boer-Buquicchio, the decision to join the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS). This decision follows up on the invitation that the Committee of Ministers opened to Morocco in December 2009. Morocco became the 33rd member state of EPAS and the first extra-European country to join the agreement on 22 February 2010.

The Rabat Seminar aims to explore possible ways for Morocco to participate in Council of Europe activities. A presentation of the sport sector of the Council of Europe (EPAS and the Conventions) was performed by Mr Stanislas Frossard, EPAS Executive Secretary. The Moroccan sports authorities, who are committed to a process of development of their sports policies and were represented by Mr Said El Boukhari, Sports Director at the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Morocco, expressed their interest for the themes and ongoing activities of the Council of Europe.

Co-operation between the Council of Europe and the European Commission

Since the Lisbon Treaty came into force on 1 December 2009, the European Union has had jurisdiction in the field of sport and is invited to co-operate in this domain with other organisations, including the Council of Europe.

For many years now the Council of Europe has played a key role in sport thanks to its two flagship conventions (European Convention on Spectator Violence and Anti-Doping Convention), its ministerial conferences and intergovernmental co-operation, work carried out since 2007 by the EPAS.

A meeting held in Brussels on 29 January 2010, between the Directors of Youth and Sport from the Secretariat General of the Council of Europe and from the European Commission, defined the guidelines of an active and more followed-up co-operation between the two institutions.

Seminar on “Bribery and match fixing”

On 2 December 2009, EPAS brought together around the same table sports associations, betting operators and representatives of public authorities to discuss the issue of corruption and match fixing. 
This issue, singled out at the 11th Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport, is highly topical.  This seminar was the first step towards the drafting of a new EPAS recommendation for Council of Europe member states.

International conference  "Fight Against Racism and Violence through Diversity in Sport”, Belgrade, 20-21 October 2009

Tolerance, mutual respect and fair play are at the heart of every sport and must be promoted by all” announced Mrs Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Minister of Youth and Sport, Republic of Serbia.

During this conference, which took place from 20 to 21 October 2009 in Belgrade, 4 ministers and representatives from 24 European countries met together in search of solutions and remedies to combat this threat.


EPAS Welcomes its 32nd Member State!

We are pleased to announce that, following the accession of the Russian Federation (6 August 2009), there are now 32 EPAS member states.(more)

Italy has also expressed its intention of joining the Partial Agreement.

International Colloquium on Ethic and Sport in Europe, Rennes, 15-17
April 2009

A multidisciplinary international colloquy jointly organised by EPAS and the University of Rennes 2 took place in Rennes, France, from 15 to 17 April 2009, on the theme of "Ethics and Sport in Europe".

Four important themes were covered:
 1. The historical and philosophical foundations of the  ethics of sport;
 2. New challenges to the ethics of sport;
 3. Ethics and governance in sport;
 4. Sport research and its contribution to the study/changing of the ethics of sport.

This conference was addressed by research scientists, institutional and political decision-makers and practitioners (such as NGOs), and was held in two languages (French and English), with simultaneous interpretation.   

First Meeting of the EPAS Consultative Committee, 27-28 March 2009

The first meeting of the EPAS Consultative Committee was held in Barcelona on 27 and 28 February 2009. This was followed on from the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport (Athens, December 2008); the theme of the Conference (Ethics and Autonomy in Sport) should lead to proposals for action to be carried out with states and with the European organisations which represent the world of sport, in an innovative form of consultation and decision-making.

UEFA and ENGSO have already joined the Consultative Committee, and other European federations have expressed an interest.

European Encounters on Education through Sport

Co-organisées par l’APES du Conseil de l’Europe, l’Agence pour l’Education par le Sport et l’Equipe de recherche en sciences sociales du sport de l’Université Marc Bloch de Strasbourg, ces rencontres européennes de l’éducation par le sport ont permis à un large public de communiquer sur deux thèmes majeurs : « Sport et discriminations en Europe » et « Le sport à l’épreuve de la diversité culturelle. Intégration et dialogue interculturel».

Deux publications relatives à ces thèmes seront éditées par le Conseil de l’Europe en collaboration avec l’Université de Strasbourg et disponibles à la fin de l’année 2009.

11th Ministerial Conference, 11-12 December 2008, Athens

The 11th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport was successfully held in Athens on 11 and 12 December 2008, at the invitation of the Greek Government.

Adopted Resolution Nr 1 - Ethics in Sport
Adopted Resolution Nr 2 - Autonomy in sport
Adopted Resolution Nr 3 - Current Political Issues on the Pan-European Sports Co-operation

The main theme of the Conference was "Ethics and Autonomy in Sport". The Conference also looked at current political issues, namely European co-operation in the fight against doping and European representation in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) bodies. Mr Jaime Lissavetzky, Spain’s State Secretary responsible for Sport, was appointed as the European member of the Advisory Committee of WADA for the period 2009-2010.

At the end of the Conference, the Ministers adopted three draft resolutions (on ethics in sport, autonomy in sport and pan-European co-operation in sport) relating to the priorities expressed by EPAS member states in consultation with the sport movement. 

The international organisations and the sport movement expressed their wish to continue their very close co-operation with EPAS.