European Parliament Debate the issue of Match-fixing

6th April 2016, 10h00-12h30, Brussels, Belgium

  Match-fixing, a threat to sport?

The debate involved the Sport Intergroup of the EP and was opened by MEPs, Santiago Fisas Ayxelá MEP and Bogdan Wenta MEP.

Two panels were run which saw the presence of four KCOOS project partners. The first panel looked at the role of public authorities, on which sat notably, the Secretary for the Council of Europe’s Macolin Convention, Mikhaël de Thyse, along with Yves Le Lostècque, head of the European Commission sport unit and representatives from the Malta Gaming Authority and from two KCOOS project partners, the French Betting and Regulatory Authority (ARJEL) and the UK Gambing Commission. The second panel on relationships between sport and the betting industry saw speeches from representatives of EU Athletes, Sports Rights Owners Coalition and two of KCOOS partner organisations, namely European Lotteries and ESSA

The debate was closed by MEP Marc Tarabella.

EC Conference on Match Fixing

17-18 February 2016, Brussels, Belgium

The two-day conference, jointly organised by DG HOME (Migration and Home Affairs), DG EAC (Education and Culture) and DG GROWTH (Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship, SMEs) of the European Commission, focused on the four match-fixing projects co-funded by DG HOME, including KCOOS. The project was presented, after which discussion around the general topic took place.

Kick-off meeting

9-10 February 2016, Brussels, Belgium

The KEEP CRIME OUT OF SPORT (KCOOS) kick-off meeting of project partners took place on 9 and 10 February 2016 in the Brussels office of the Council of Europe, and closed with an inauguration event. The kick-off meeting saw project partners working on the content and organisation of activities that will take place over the duration of the project. The inauguration welcomed notable speakers, including Ambassador Torbjørn Froysnes, Head of the Council of Europe Office to the EU, Yves Le Lostècque, Head of the Sports Unit of the European Commission, Bart Ooijen, Head of the Sports Working Group of the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU, and Michael Trinker, Deputy Executive Secretary of the EPAS Secretariat of the Council of Europe.

KCOOS promotion on Radio RAI morning programme, "Manuale d'Europa"

28 January 2016

Giuseppe Zaffuto, from the communications team of the Council of Europe, presented project KCOOS on a popular morning show on European affairs on Radio RAI, Italy’s premier radio channel.

Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Side Event

25 January 2016, Strasbourg

On 25 January 2016, the Council of Europe’s Sport Division organised a promotional event on the danger of the match fixing phenomenon and promoted the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Conventions as well as the KCOOS project.

JP Official Launch

21 January 2016, Strasbourg

On 21 January 2016 the Council of Europe and the European Union marked the start of a three-fold joint co-operation, launching three new joint projects in the field of sport. The projects are all co-funded by both institutions and will be implemented by the Council of Europe.

A buffet lunch-launch took place at the Council of Europe premises to launch the three projects, two of which were the subject of a Direct Grant Agreement with the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme and the third project (KCOOS) was awarded following a successful bid to a call for proposals by DG HOME (European Commission) on “New integrated mechanisms for cooperation between public and private actors to identify sports betting risks”.

KCOOS Pre-project meeting

8 December 2015

On 8 December 2015, the Steering Committee of KCOOS came together to discuss the activities and their roles for the 18 month project.

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