A study on match-fixing in sport which maps and analyses criminal law provisions in the 27 EU Member States has been finalised and is now publicly available.
In its Communication on ‘Developing the European Dimension in Sport’ from January 2011, the Commission recognised that match-fixing violates the ethics and integrity of sport and that, whether related to influencing betting or to sporting objectives, it is a form of corruption and as such sanctioned by national criminal law. In addition, in its Communication on ‘Fighting Corruption in the EU’ adopted in June 2011, the Commission observed that corruption in sport is an increasingly visible problem with cross-border dimensions, mainly related to opacity of transfers and match-fixing. The Commission also announced its intention to analyse possible solutions to address match-fixing more effectively by first launching a study on how corruption in sport is covered in national legislation, noting that this may offer grounds for further policy actions in this area, such as possibly establishing minimum rules concerning the definition of criminal offences in this field.
The study on “Match-fixing in sport – A mapping of criminal law provisions in EU 27” was launched by the Commission in September 2011 and has now been completed. The results of the study, which was carried out by KEA European Affairs, are publicly available.
Although the study does not represent the Commission’s official position, the Commission considers its results as useful input for future discussions with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in view of addressing the issues raised by match-fixing in the EU.