At the plenary session in Strasbourg yesterday Commissioner Vassiliou said “Match-fixing and corruption pose the greatest threats to European sport today, and the European Commission is determined to do all it can to help the sports authorities tackle them. I am certainly aware of the involvement of organised criminal networks in the latest match-fixing scandal affecting professional football in Europe. My services have been in contact with Europol to discuss the case, and I welcome the action taken by Europol so far”
The Commission is helping to lead a comprehensive response to the challenge in coordination with sports governing bodies, Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, Eurojust and the Council of Europe.
Under the 2012 call for proposals, serving to implement the Preparatory Actions in the field of sport, the Commission is financing five major projects to raise awareness about the problem within both the sports movement and the general public.