Sport Conventions

3rd meeting of the Group of Copenhagen (network of the national platforms)

30 - 31 March 2017

Paris, France

The Group of Copenhagen, at its third plenary meeting hosted by ARJEL (The French Online Gambling Regulatory Authority) on 30 March 2017, took a concrete step towards the development and establishment of common tools in the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions. A commitment was made to carry out a systematic analysis of the acquired experiences in countries concerning the establishment and the functioning of national platforms as defined in article 13 of the Macolin Convention. The identification of good practices and the development of a specific line of expertise will help the Secretariat of the Council of Europe, to accompany a maximum of countries in creating operational national platforms via the KCOOS and KCOOS+ (2017-2019) projects. The 11 countries represented in Paris (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) agreed on the structure of the Group of Copenhagen action plan 2017.

The Group of Copenhagen then worked on 31 March with the French National Platform at the Centre of Ministerial Conferences of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. The discussion centred on the international co-ordination for the monitoring of bets during the upcoming Ice Hockey World Championship due to take place in Paris (France) and Cologne (Germany) from 5 to 21 May 2017. The meeting also included invited representatives of the International Olympic Committee, International Ice Hockey Federations and the French and German Hockey Federations, as well as the athletes’ representative union (EU Athletes).

In July 2016, The Council of Europe took the initiative of bringing together the co-ordinators of officially established national platforms in order to create an operational network entitled the “Group of Copenhagen”.