Sport Conventions

Macolin Convention

* Text of the convention

* Text on match-fixing

* Explanatory report

* Glossary

* Non-official translations:
Italian, Portuguese, Ukrainian, Turkish, Spanish


Macolin Roadmap

* International Conference, 20-21.09.2016

* Analysis, Achievements / Challenges

* 3rd International Conference, 23-24 November 2017


Macolin Community

* Report, Figure, videos

* Mapping

* Network of National Platforms

*Action Plan & Explanatory Note

* Network of regulators
* Club House

* National Platform fact-sheets : Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom


Meetings 2017

*3-4 July 2017, The Hague - 4th meeting National Platform Network – Group of Copenhagen

* 6 September 2017, Brussels - Macolin Roadmap, Thematic networks; coordination meeting;


16-17 October 2017, Paris, Macolin Roadmap, Public authorities regional seminar




Leaflet: English, French, Spanish



The Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions (the Macolin Convention) was opened for signature on 18 September 2014, at the 13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport in Macolin, Switzerland. Even though it is an instrument emanating from Europe, the Council of Europe is extremely mindful of the global nature and threat of match manipulation and is therefore encouraging non-European countries to become Parties. So far three countries, Norway, Portugal and Ukraine, have ratified the convention and 28 others have signed it. A minimum of five ratifications are required (at least three of which must be from member states) for the Convention to enter into force.

The Convention Secretariat was established in March 2016 in order to lay the groundwork and be fully prepared for the implementation of the Convention. The Secretariat takes over from the initial efforts of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS), which co-ordinated the negotiation process and is still active in promoting the Convention.

The Macolin Convention is a ground-breaking legal instrument and the only rule of international law on the subject to currently exist. It provides common definitions, as well as original international co-operation mechanisms such as “National Platforms”. The widest possible adhesion to this text will make it the basis of reference for a “Macolin Community”, committed to the fight against sport manipulations and corruption.

The achievements and challenges which still remain to be addressed were acknowledged during the ‘International Conference on the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions – Promoting and Implementing the Macolin Convention’ which took place in Strasbourg on 20 and 21 September 2016. This event was regarded as an important milestone in the build-up to the next phase of activity, known as the Macolin Roadmap. A “Roadmap” will provide a structured framework with which the main actors can align their efforts and coordinated actions.

The Secretariat strongly believes that immediate implementation of the Convention’s spirit and principles will have a positive impact on the fight against competition manipulation in the short, medium and long-term. This is why the Council of Europe, together with the European Union, is working with public authorities and partners to carry out the project, “Keep Crime Out of Sport” (KCOOS). KCOOS was launched in January 2016, and is aimed at providing countries with technical assistance, and is currently the Council of Europe’s principal action in the field. KCOOS will end on 30 June 2017. Cooperation actions will continue in the framework of a new project KCOOS +.