EP Sport Group and UNODC: Webinar on sport and corruption

Created on Friday, 11 Dec 2020 17:05:56

The EP Sport Group together with the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) Brussels Office organised a webinar on 9 December titled “How to safeguard sport from corruption? A multi-stakeholder discussion on challenges and opportunities”. The moderator was Ronan Lorcan o Laoire (UNODC) and several guest speakers were invited: MEPs Violan von Cramon and Daniel Freund, the first from the Sport Group and the second from the Anti-Corruption Group; Yatta Dakowah (UNODC); Paolo Bertaccini, Advisor for the Italian G20 Presidency; Pâquerette Girard Zappelli (IOC) and Matteo Zaccheti (DG EAC). 

The aim of the webinar was to raise awareness on the topics of corruption and unethical behaviours in sport, exchange views and propose potential tools to address the different issues linked to these topics. A lively discussion took place on the role of sport and political stakeholders. While from the Parliament's side, more pressure and monitoring on sport was advocated, other stakeholders from public authorities, law enforcement and hte sport world defended the autonomy of sport and called for a multi-stakeholder approach.

Pâquerette Girard Zappelli on behalf of IOC, recalled of the strong commitment of the Olympic movement to the safeguarding of values in sport, including ethics, transparency and good governance. 

Overall, it was said that regarding the economic importance of sport in the world and in the EU, more cooperation to address the challenges of corruption in sport were needed, as well as further discussion on the ways, whether legal, political or internal, to tackle unethical behaviours.

Partner Network

Four new partners join the office (Rugby Europe, ENGSO, LEN and FIFA)

The European Handball Federation (EHF) becomes partner of the office

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) becomes partner of the office

The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) becomes partner of the office

The Czech Olympic Committee becomes partner of the office

The European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) becomes partner of the office, bringing the total partnership to 23

The European Basketball Federation (FIBA Europe) becomes partner of the office, bringing the total partnership to 24

The British Olympic Association (BOA) becomes partner of the office, bringing the total partnership to 25

The NOC of Portugal becomes partner of the office, bringing the total partnership to 26

​The NOC of Croatia becomes partner of the office

​The NOC of Lithuania becomes partner of the office

The NOC of Cyprus becomes partner of the office

The Belgian NOC becomes partner of the office

ASOIF becomes partner of the office

NOC Poland becomes partner of the office, bringing the total number of partners to 30

 

 

 

 

 

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