Sport Conventions

Interpol Expert Group on Legislation in Sport

5 - 6 October 2016
Lyon, France

Participation of several Standing Committee delegations to the Interpol Expert Group on Legislation in Sport, 5-6 October, Lyon (France)

The third expert group meeting on sports legislation of INTERPOL’s Project Stadia took place on 5 and 6 October in Lyon, France. Legal experts, lawyers and advisors met in order to discuss the key legislative elements on how a host country should establish its legislation when organising a major sporting event. Several experts from the Standing Committee, and its Secretariat, were represented there, bringing their knowledge on safety, security and service issues and presenting the legislative provisions of the new Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events (CETS N 218), just opened for signature in Paris on 3 July 2016.

During the first day, the importance of licensing and certification of stadiums and venues was stressed and also the licensing of private security.
On the second day, the main accent of the speeches was on the setting up of National Football Information Point (NFIP): their role and responsibilities, the role of spotters and the powers for foreign officers to perform in a host country.

The Sport Convention Unit of the Council of Europe insisted on the importance of non-only European states to sign and ratify the New Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events and underlined the significant cooperation with INTERPOL for the promotion of the New Convention CETS N 218 worldwide.

Link to an article, photos and videos on this expert group on legislation:

https://www.interpol.int/News-and-media/News/2016/N2016-126