GLMS call for ratification of Macolin Convention at CoE hearing

Ahead of the release of the upcoming PACE Report, representatives from the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) have called for further ratifications of the Macolin Convention, in a bid to crack down on suspicious betting activity.

Attending the October 1 Hearing of the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, GLMS General secretary Giancarlo Sergi explained that is greatly important that stakeholders implement the Convention, and offer education and prevention activities.

Alongside representatives from FIFA, ARJEL, INTERPOL and the Portuguese NOC, the upcoming report of MP Roland Büchel “Time to act: Europe’s political response to fighting the manipulation of sports competitions”  (Doc. 14518) was analysed. 

Sergi explained: “Lotteries and GLMS have always shown their strong support to the Convention and look forward to further supporting the CoE with its promotion. Indeed, it is in the highest interest of the sports movement that the Macolin Convention is timely implemented.”

GLMS Deputy General Secretary, Vagelis Alexandrakis, added:  “We congratulate the Parliamentary Assembly of the CoE, and notably the rapporteur, for the initiative of this report, which we hope will send out a strong message to states across the world for more ratifications. 

“As the Convention Follow-Up Committee will have to be convened soon, it is of significance that states ensure their participation in it with full voting rights from the very beginning.”

A draft of the report “Time to act: Europe’s political response to fighting the manipulation of sports competitions” (Doc. 14518) is due to be discussed in the next hearing of the PACE in December.

It is expected that the full report will be adopted by the Plenary in April 2020, just before the UEFA Euro 2020 and the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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