Sport Conventions

The Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events

Council of Europe – Sport Conventions

Council of Europe met INTERPOL on sports events security

27 January 2017


STRASBOURG, France – Council of Europe’s Secretariat of Sport Conventions and INTERPOL's Project Stadia Team met on 27 January 2017 in Lyon to strengthen cooperation in the field of international major sporting events security, in the light of the new Council of Europe Convention on Safety, Security and Service (CETS 218).

Both parties agreed on setting-up a structured cooperation in different areas, seeking for synergies in common areas of interest, like exchange of information, knowledge, best practices and European standards in the field of major sports events security.

INTERPOL will help promoting the new Convention and participate in consultative visits, while the Council of Europe will be invited to major events to present the Convention, namely at the next General Assembly of INTERPOL.

Both organisations will also work closely in ensuring coherence of future INTERPOL’s handbook and training tools with the Council of Europe’s standards, as well as in promoting worldwide the European National Football Information Points (NFIP) network, once the Convention will enter into force.

This meeting was also the opportunity for INTERPOL to share with us information on its operational tool and services, like databases, training, sports integrity and counter-terrorism.
We remind that early 2016, Interpol was granted the Observer Status to the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence and since then a delegation has attended the Committee’s plenary meetings.

The Council of Europe’s Secretariat of Sport Conventions has also participated in INTERPOL’s recent events, namely the “3rd Sport expert group on legislation” organised in Lyon in October 2016, to promote the new Convention; and the “2nd Sports Safety and Security Expert Group” in Doha, Qatar in November 2016, to promote the European standards and best practices.

Finally, when the two secretariats recently met, with the presence of the Bureau of the Standing Committee, they also explored future cooperation between the two organisations, in particular in the framework of the preparation of the next international major sports events: the FIFA World Cup in 2018 in the Russian Federation, the UEFA EURO 2020 and the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

See also:
News release by INTERPOL’s website

Interview given by Sergey KHRYCHIKOV, at Interpol’s website