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The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) representatives took part in the Expert Group on Integrity (XG INT) meeting as a part of the EU Work Plan for Sport.
The meeting, which was held online, aimed at discussing the final report of the Expert Group ‘Integrity’ and the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union to the second semester of 2020 with regards to sport integrity.
Established in 2017, the Expert Group on Sport Integrity brings together experts from 27 EU Member States and a number of selected international stakeholders. As an observer organisation invited by the EU, the ICSS has been continuously supporting the work of the Expert Group through its Europe based policy arm ICSS INSIGHT and the ICSS co-founded Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) towards the development of the European dimension of sport and safeguarding of sport integrity in all its dimensions.
The framework specifically identified three priority areas in sport: Integrity aspect of sport, in particular, promoting good governance including the safeguarding of minors, the specificity of sport, combatting corruption and match-fixing, as well as fighting doping;
The economic dimension of sport, in particular innovation in sport, and sport and the digital single market; Sport and society, in particular, social inclusion, the role of coaches, education in and through sport, sport and health, sport and environment and sport and media, as well as sport diplomacy.
Parallel to its support towards the work of the European Union and involvement in several EU-funded projects in the field of sport, the ICSS is also involved in these days in the revision of the European Sports Charter and other multi-stakeholders sport policy instruments which provide guidance for the Council of Europe’s member states to perfect existing legislation and foster other key-sport policies.
Since its establishment, the ICSS has been heavily involved in the development of both European and international policy instruments and standards such as the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions and the ‘Kazan Action Plan’ that was unveiled at the Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VI).
Speaking on the occasion, Massimiliano Montanari, CEO, ICSS said, “As an organisation headquartered in Qatar, we are honoured to see that for many years there has been an interest by European institutions to benefit from our knowledge. This is a recognition of our international dimension, our scientific capacity and at the same time of our role as a bridge between different regions across the world.”
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