Council of Europe and European Union continue to co-operate in the area of safety, security and service at sports events and, as a result of this, the joint ProS4+ project has been prolonged from July 2018 to February 2020.
The 20-month project aims at tackling cross-border threats to the integrity of sport due to the violence and misbehaviour of individuals and groups, as well as other kinds of intolerance and discrimination. At the same time, it aims to offer tailor-made responses to the emerging challenging and current trends in the area of safety, security and service. It promotes an integrated approach to safety, security, and service and works towards improving the capacities of public authorities and event organisers. In doing this, it promotes the standards set out by the new 2016 Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Others Sports Events (CETS 2018), the Council of Europe Standing Committee Recommendation (2015)1 and other European standards. Like its predecessor ProS4 projects, the new project is also divided into five sub-projects:
Sub-project 1: Online questionnaire and annual/season report to identify trends and emerging challenges at football matches and, where applicable, other sports events with regard to violence, disorder and anti-social behaviour in Europe
Sub-project 2: Promotion of the new 2016 Council of Europe Convention on safety, security and service at sports events – Implementing the training programme: “Safe, Secure and Welcoming Sports Events”
Sub-project 3: Update/enhance the e-learning tool on promoting the new Convention and 2015 Standing Committee Recommendation on safety, security and service
Sub-project 4: Creation and hosting of the new NFIP website
Sub-project 5: Research study on exclusion strategies (banning orders)