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16th ENGSO Forum - "Good governance in sport"


21-22 October 2013, Strasbourg, France


The 16th ENGSO Forum took place on 21 and 22 October on the premises of the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg. The main aim of the Forum was to foster cooperation among sports organisations in Europe and to provide ENGSO member organisations with information on current sports-related developments in Europe. This year, the main focus was on "good governance in sport" and "the integrity of sport.

After the welcoming speeches of Birgitta Kervinen, ENGSO President and Maria Ochoa, Director of Human Rights and Antidiscrimination from Council of Europe, the 16th ENGSO Forum kicked off with an update on European sport policy developments presented by Pedro Velazquez, Deputy Head of the European Commission?s Sport Unit and Heather Stewart from the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) Secretariat.

The first day of the Forum was dedicated to good governance in sport. To introduce this topic, Sylvia Schenk, Senior Advisor on Sports of the Transparency International, gave a very interesting presentation on the history, main principles, practices and future perspectives of good governance, which was followed by a good practice example from sport given by Henriette Kievit from NOC*NSF. In her presentation, she outlined the development of good governance in the Netherlands. Finally, Heidi Pekkola, ENGSO Policy and Communication Officer, introduced a good governance self-evaluation tool with the objective to equip member organisations with tools to pass on to their national and local levels. This tool was an outcome of the Sport4Good Governance project lead by the EOC EU Office.

The second day of the Forum was held for the participants to exchange among themselves opinions and best practices with regards to the integrity of sport. Lively discussions followed after Andr Chaker, representing European Lotteries and Pim Verschuuren, Project Manager of the Institute for International and Strategic Relations (IRIS), provided an insight into the problem regarding match-fixing and corruption in sport. They also presented possible solutions to fight against these phenomena; therefore, the European Lotteries Sports Integrity Action Plan and the IRIS project "What national networks to fight against match-fixing"? were introduced. To answer the question of what national sports umbrella organisations can do, the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport informed of the Norwegian Action Plan against Match-Fixing. A panel discussion on the integrity of sport concluded this session with the participation of Andr Chaker, Pim Verschuuren, Francois Tricarico, Deputy Executive Secretary of EPAS, Karin Mattsson-Weijber, President of the Swedish Sports Confederation and ENGSO Exeutive Committee Member and Paolo Adami, ENGSO Youth Vice-Chair.

In conclusion of the 16th ENGSO Forum, a panel discussion on the European elections and the future EU sport policy took place in the European Parliament. This discussion was hosted by Emma McClarkin (European Conservatives and Reformists, UK), with as panelists Hannu Takkula (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats Europe, Finland) and Morten Lokkegaard (Liberal Party, Denmark), Members of the European Parliament, as well as Danish candidate Poul Erik Hoyer.

ENGSO hopes that member organisations will step forward on the road to good governance and help raise awareness of the important issue to fight against match-fixing in their respective countries.

Presentations are available here:

European sport policy developments:

Good governance in sport:

  • Sylvia Schenk, Senior Advisor on Sports, Transparency International: What is good governance in sport?

  • Henriette Kievit, Head of Public Affairs, National Olympic Committee and National Sprots Confederation of the Netherlands: Netherlands as a good practice example

  • Heidi Pekkola, ENGSO Policy and Communication Officer: Sport 4 Good Governance Training Session - Introducing the self evaluation tool

Integrity of Sport:

  • Andr Chaker, Senior Advisor of the President of the Finnish Lotteries Veikkaus, European Lotteries: European Lotteries Sports Integrity Action Plan

  • Pim Verschuuren, Project Manager, Institute for International and Strategic Relations (IRIS): Introduction of the EU project "What national networks to fight against match-fixing?"

  • Julie Ravlo, International Relations Officer, Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports: What National Sports Umbrella Organisations can do? ? The Norwegian Action Plan against Match-Fixing.

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