About ProS4 and ProS4+
ProS4 project (Promoting safety, security and service at sports events) is a 12 months project developed to assess and improve the situation regarding safety, security and services at major sport events (1 January - 31 December 2016)
This project realised in two consecutive phases. In the first phase of the project a study carried out to understand the current situation in Europe, to identify shortcomings and problem areas and to recommend constructive solutions.
These activities created a basis for developing comprehensive monitoring mechanism of the new Convention, which is adopted by the Council of Europe in 2016 - Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events.
The project offered appropriate follow-up activities for three EU Member States (Romania, Croatia, and Slovak Republic) which recently have undertaken monitoring exercises on compliance with the commitments under the T-RV with a view to putting in place concrete actions to ensure implementation of the agreed standards for safety, security and service at sports events.
ProS4+ project (Promoting and Strengthening the Council of Europe Standards on Safety, Security and Service at Football Matches and Other Sports Events) is a 18 months project which will be implemented between 1 January 2017 and 30 June 2018
This project is a follow-up to the ProS4 project which was implemented between 1 January and 31 December 2016. The implementation of the ProS4 identified a number of issues that still need to be addressed in the field of safety, security and service. In particular, the adoption of the new Council of Europe Convention (CETS 218) commits signatory member states of the Council of Europe, some of which are also Member States of the European Union, to comply with certain standards and practices.
The integrated approach promoted by the new Convention reflects the need for local authorities, clubs and Police to work together in ensuring that sports events, especially football events, which gather great number of spectators, offer a safe and welcoming environment. In order to respond to these important changes, the Council of Europe already developed a consolidated recommendation of the T-RV Standing Committee (Rec (2015)1) that provides guidance to the countries in revising their relevant policy and practice to achieve the integrated approach.
The ProS4+ project will aim, drawing upon the analysis and experiences of its predecessor ProS4 project, at offering tailor-made responses to the emerging challenges and current trends in the area of football safety, security and service and to promote an integrated approach to safety and security, underpinned by a concept of service that makes individuals and groups feel comfortable, appreciated and welcome when attending a football match or other sports event, inside or outside a sports ground.
ProS4+ project (Promoting and Strengthening the Council of Europe Standards on Safety, Security and Service at Football Matches and Other Sports Events) is a 20 months project which will be implemented between 1 July 2018 and 31 March 2021
The Council of Europe and the European Union continue to cooperate 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 March 2021.
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 218), the Council of Europe Standing Committee Recommendation (2015)1 and other European standards.