CoE, Lotteries, sport and public authorities join their voice for the importance of the Macolin Convention

25 September 2018

GLMS management team attended on 24-25 September the 3rd Council of Europe International Conference on the Promotion and Implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions.

GLMS together with its collective Members, European Lotteries (EL) and World Lottery Association (WLA) joined more than 200 stakeholders coming from public authorities, sport organisations, law enforcement agencies, in sending out a strong message for the entry into force of the Macolin Convention. GLMS had a strong presence in the Conference with GLMS Deputy General Secretary, Vagelis Alexandrakis, co-moderating the sectorial workshop for the betting sector. After delivering a presentation, highlighting the importance of betting operators sticking to legal, sustainable and responsible sports betting operations as per the relevant articles of the Convention, Vagelis co-moderated the discussion among representatives of the betting sector.

GLMS General Secretary, Giancarlo Sergi, delivered a statement at the end of the Conference on behalf of GLMS, the European Lotteries Association (EL) and the World Lottery Association (WLA). Giancarlo noted “With our Members across the globe being the traditional supporters of sports, GLMS-WLA-EL have been since the very beginning very supportive of this Convention that will have a vital role in eradicating this phenomenon that jeopardies the very credibility and inspirational value of sports. The Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions  indeed constitutes the most elaborate legal instrument against the growing phenomenon of competition manipulations. On behalf of EL-WLA-GLMS and its members, we urge states to proceed with its ratification and implementation of its provisions. We also call upon states to set up a national platform and take concrete measures against illegal sports betting. We warmly thank the Council of Europe for organising this Conference and Lotteries will remain by its side in all its efforts to promote the Convention, notably via their involvement in the KCOOS+ project“. The statement of Giancarlo on behalf of GLMS and the Lotteries about the quick entry into force of the Macolin Convention was echoed by numerous high-level personalities from sport organisations, including the IOC and FIFA, the police (INTERPOL and EUROPOL) and the UN (UNODC).