EU – CoE Joint Project on Sport Manipulations: ‘Keep Crime Out Of Sport’ Regional Seminar 4 – 25-26 October 2016, Bucharest
The Council of Europe and EU (DG HOME AFFAIRS) Joint Project ‘KEEP CRIME OUT OF SPORT (KCOOS)’ embarks on its fourth regional seminar in the series of five, on 25-26 October 2016 in Bucharest, Romania in collaboration with the Romanian Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Romanian Football Federation . It brings together representatives from law enforcement and justice, ministries, betting operators, betting regulatory authorities and the sport movement from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Ireland, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. This seminar comes on the heels of two other seminars that took place in the last 4 weeks, as well as the international conference on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions held in Strasbourg (France) at the Council of Europe Headquarters on 20-21 September 2016.
Project KCOOS is the operational aspect of the 2014 Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions adopted by the Council of Europe, which is currently open to signatures and ratifications worldwide. The first phase kicked off with questionnaires from various relevant stakeholders from 47 EU and Council of Europe Member States. This has provided the project with sound input for the seminars, which will focus on establishing and running national platforms, exchanging of information and building trust between various stakeholders nationally and internationally.
Now the 2-day seminar, the fourth out of 5 scheduled to take place this year within the project, will include a number of working sessions for the participants as a first step towards finding solutions to long-standing challenges. The regional seminar will welcome speakers and moderators from Captivate Consulting specializing in sports law, Sportradar and the Belgian National Platform on match-fixing.
This seminar will work off the back of the results from the first three regional seminars, as well as the conference and will feed into the last regional seminar, which will take place in Athens, Greece on 8-9 November. The work will culminate in the publication of a practical how-to guide on implementing measures to fight manipulation of sports competitions.