In a declaration adopted on September 27, 2023, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe calls on member states and sports organizations to “promote transparency, accountability, democracy and ethical behavior in sport, including the establishment of robust governance systems and policies to avoid conflicts of interest.” Whistleblower protection mechanisms, effective investigation and prosecution of corruption, competition manipulation, violence and other violations of human rights and the rule of law in the sports context.”
This statement is the result of serious concerns due to the “ever-evolving threats to sports integrity” and the strong desire to “effectively combat the various threats”. […] and ensure fair and clean competitions at all levels.”
In this context, the Committee of Ministers supports the establishment of the MARS network within the framework of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS). By sharing information, intelligence and best practices between judges and prosecutors responsible for sport, the network aims to strengthen international cooperation in the field of sports justice, thereby contributing to a more efficient fight against cross-border sport-related crime.
To this end, the Committee of Ministers commends the role of EPAS in “promoting dialogue and cooperation on the ground at national and international levels between the sports movement, public authorities and all other key stakeholders” and calls on more countries to “participate in this.” unique cooperation forum and join EPAS.”
Joining EPAS – benefits, budget contribution and advice
“Protecting the integrity of sport: the role and value of the MARS network”
European Sports Charter (see Article 8 on integrity)