Time to act: Europe’s political response to fighting the manipulation of sports competitions
Reply to Recommendation
| Doc. 15411
| 01 December 2021
- Committee of Ministers
- Adopted at the 1418th (Budget)
meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies (23 November 2021). 2022 - First part-session
- Reply to Recommendation
- : Recommendation 2178
The Committee of
Ministers has carefully examined Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2178 (2020)
“Time to act: Europe’s political response to fighting
the manipulation of sports competitions” and communicated it to
the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) and to the Follow-up
Committee of the European Convention on the Manipulation of Sports
Competitions for information and possible comments.
2. The Committee of Ministers attaches great importance to the
Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions
(CETS No. 215, “Macolin Convention”) and to the principles it upholds.
It welcomes its entry into force on 1 September 2019 and encourages
all member States which have not yet done so to sign and ratify
the Macolin Convention as soon as possible.
3. The Committee of Ministers notes with regret that the issues
identified in the Assembly's recommendation have delayed the widespread
implementation of the Macolin Convention and the international co-ordination
of efforts to combat the manipulation of sports competitions, including
criminal activities that are connected to it.
4. The Assembly’s proposals to reflect the reality of post-Lisbon
European Union (EU) competences in the Rules of Procedure of the
Committee of Ministers or of intergovernmental committees and to
draft a common agreement with the EU defining the general principles
of the EU’s participation in Council of Europe conventions, while
interesting, could represent a politically and legally complex and
long-term task. Furthermore, the question of the determination of
respective competences of the EU and its member States cannot be
decided by a body outside the legal order of the EU.
With regard to the issue of the ratification of the Macolin
Convention, the Committee of Ministers is in favour of maintaining
a constructive dialogue with the EU considering the findings of
the recent Opinion 1/19 of the Court of Justice of the European
Union in respect of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and
Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (CETS No. 210,
6. On 21 May 2021 in Hamburg, the Committee of Ministers “encouraged
EU participation in or accession to Council of Europe instruments,
as appropriate, as a way of achieving coherence and complementarity
and promoting synergies”. Against this background, the Committee
of Ministers encourages EU member States and the EU to become Parties
to the Convention as soon as possible.
7. It is essential that the Macolin Convention, the only international
legal instrument aimed at preventing the manipulation of sports
competitions, be widely ratified and implemented to ensure the implementation
of the standards it sets.