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What national networks in the EU can do to fight against match fixing? 2013-2014



IRIS launched an 18 month program in January 2013, which was financed by the European Commission together with the European Lotteries (EL). The program was carried out in partnership with SportAccord, the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO), the University of Salford and the French think tank Sport et Citoyennet (Sport and Citizenship). This program was a response to the call for proposals launched by the Sport Unit of the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission to set up transnational projects with the aim of implementing future actions regarding sports and its good practices on a European scale.

The objectives of the program were four-fold:

  • Make EU sports administrators and national stakeholders (states, sports bodies and betting companies) aware of the match-fixing threat and the potential betting-related risks

  • List national good practices on match-fixing

  • Favour a cooperation among all stakeholders at a national level to protect sports integrity

  • Draw up the basis of EU national networks of stakeholders involved against match-fixing, in order to facilitate a harmonised international framework

One specific aim was also to act in favor of the EPAS International Convention to combat the manipulation of sports results.

IRIS and its partners offered a four-phase project which was carried out within each European Union member state from 2013 to 2014.

1/ Organisation of a seminar at a national level in around 21 EU countries. Not only did this seminar aim to inform and educate the participants on the different aspects of the issues related to the integrity of sports and betting, but it also represented an opportunity to gather various targeted people and to encourage better communications between stakeholders;

2/ Drafting of a recommendation proposal adapted to the situation of each country, in order to highlight the needs identified during the seminar, as well as priority actions to be developed at a national level.

3/ Organisation of a "restitution conference" in Brussels, aimed at presenting the synthesis of the conclusions and recommendations drawn during the implementation of the project.

The identification of the relevant stakeholders constituted an important step of the project. ENGSO and SportAccord undertaken the task to co-ordinate and indentify relevant stakeholders from the sports movement for each national seminar.

Conclusion of the project here.

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