EPFL reinforces relations with the Council of Europe

EPFL reinforces relations with the Council of Europe in the fight against violence and spectators’ disorders

The EPFL has further strengthened its cooperation with the Council of Europe by gaining the status of Observer within the Council’s Standing Committee of the Convention on Spectator Violence. The decision was approved by unanimity by the Committee during a meeting held in Strasbourg on the 20 June 2013.

The role and composition of the Standing Committee is outlined in the European Convention on Spectator Violence, which has entered into force in 1985 with the aim of preventing and controlling spectators’ violence and misbehaviour, as well as of ensuring the safety of spectators at sports events.

Safety and security of spectators in and around football matches are some of EPFL’s long-held flagship concerns. In response to such concerns, a series of initiatives have been developed by the EPFL throughout the years, including the signature, by all EPFL Member Leagues, of the EPFL Convention against Violence in Professional Football, on 14 November 2007, and the creation of a Standing Committee on Stadia Safety and Security, among several others.

Coming this accomplishment, the EPFL CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros stated: “the Council’s Standing Committee on Spectator Violence is the key  platform of intergovernmental co-operation on safety and security issues in sport. We are glad to render our contribution to further develop all necessary measures for a football free from violence and disorders in straight cooperation with Governments, police forces’ representatives, as well as other observers, such as FIFA, UEFA and the European Commission. We strive to represent the common interests of our Leagues, which includes assisting them their on-going efforts to ensure the highest safety and security standards in and around football matches and shape public policies in this field”.

Jo Vanhecke, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Convention on Spectator Violence, said: “I believe that the cooperation with EPFL will be another major step forward towards a multi-agency approach on safety, security and service at football matches in Europe. The Council of Europe Standing Committee on Spectator Violence and EPFL both work on the basis of a Convention condemning violence at football matches. Both organisations will work together to improve the football experience of millions of well-intended supporters. EPFL is via their member leagues responsible for an enormous amount of matches throughout Europe. I believe that our joint force will help to improve our strategies and will be an additional way of spreading European good practice in this field.”

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