The 4th meeting of the Expert Group on match fixing was held on 26 January 2016 in Brussels. This meeting was the opportunity for the experts to further share experiences and best practices and work on the deliverables agreed upon after the meeting of September. The Think Tank Sport and Citizenship was represented by its Secretary General, Nicolas Gyss.
Information was provided on the state of play of the Council of Europe Convention on the manipulation of sporting results: 20 countries have signed the convention, 2 countries have recently ratified it; more signatures are to come. The Netherlands EU Presidency re-affirmed that this issue would be very high on the agenda, especially due to the fact that the EU has not been able to find an agreement to sign the convention. It is important to notice that for the convention to enter into force, 5 ratifications are needed, including 3 from Member States. In the meantime, an increasing number of Member States develop national platforms.
The Council of Europe (CoE) stretches the importance of promoting signatures and ratifications at a number of events. They further encourage current actors to extend their circle of competence by getting in contact with other organisations on match fixing. They lead on a project called KCOOS, funded by the EU, to keep crime out of sport. Finally, they are developing a handbook on cooperation and research with Sorbonne, UNESCO and the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS).sportetcitoyennete