EL actively participates and contributes to the works of the Expert Groups Economic Dimension of Sport and Match-Fixing

In May 2014, the EU Work Plan for Sport 2014-2017 was published announcing the creation of 5 Expert groups: Good Governance, Match-Fixing, Economic Dimension of Sport, Health Enhancing Physical Activity and Human Resources Management in Sport. EL applied for and received Observer Status in the Expert Groups Match-Fixing and Economic Dimension of Sport.

Each Expert Group within the period October 2014 – July 2014 held 5 meetings and following active discussions among the Members and the Observers, and issued deliverables which were sent to the Council. In the Expert Group Match-Fixing, EL was represented by Thierry Pujol (Sport Integrity Director of FDJ and GLMS Vice-President) and Vagelis Alexadnrakis (EL Sport Executive Secretary). EL was very active in all discussions. In the 3rd meeting, Thierry Pujol had the opportunity to present to the Group the (newly created at the time) Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), highlighting the history, methodology, and the added value of GLMS in monitoring betting patterns. EL also highlighted the importance of the Lotteries in the setting up of national platforms against match-fixing at a national level, as well as in the creation of education and prevention trainings. This was reflected also in the final deliverable of the Group, which provides an overview of past and on-going match-fixing initiatives. The deliverable also refers to the role of Lotteries in education and prevention programmes, to the GLMS and also addresses the issue of illegal betting, urging countries to “establish regimes which offer value for bettors in a legal, well-regulated and transparent environment, supplemented with concrete measures against poorly supervised or illegal betting.”

In the Expert Group Economic Dimension of Sport, the EL, represented by Chairman of EL Sport Working Group, Walter de Beauvesier Watson and EL Sport Executive Secretary, Vagelis Alexandrakis, not only had the chance to recall the significant contribution of Lotteries to grassroots sport, but also underlined that Lotteries contribute to the economy and employment (direct reference to the SportsEconAustria study, 2015). The 3rd deliverable of the Group, under the title “Practical guidance on how to encourage transparent and long-term investment in sport, including EU funding” includes the following recommendation to Member-States: “Promote and safeguard the role of national Lotteries in terms of the sustainable financing of grassroots sport, the creation of sport facilities and the increase of participation in sport (Member States): As recognised by the Council Conclusions of 10 December 2010, the contribution of state Lotteries play an important role for society. Indeed, Lotteries, driven by their core values, have been for decades a sustainable pillar of financing of grassroots sport. Their contribution to sport exceeds the amount of 2 billion € per year and according to a study, this contribution has a further impact on the economy and employment, with more than 40 000 jobs secured every year thanks to the contribution of Lotteries to sport. Many national Lotteries have been also contributing to the financing of sport facilities, including the creation of accessible facilities for people of all abilities, as well as to the increase of sport participation, through various initiatives, including the active promotion of the European Week of Sport by many Lotteries in many countries.

It is very positive that following the Commission’s High Level group Grassroots Sport, the EU Expert Group Economic Dimension of Sport also recognised the significance of Lotteries and urges Member-States to safeguard the role of Lotteries in terms of the financing of grassroots sport.”

Post-Script to EU Work Plan for Sport 2014-2017

MEP and stakeholders call for recognition of the role of funding from lotteries. The European Parliament’s rapporteur the report on the Integrated approach to Sport Policy today convened stakeholders and policymakers at a public hearing on “The way forward for grassroots sport in Europe”. The event was organised by the European Non-Governmental Sport Organisation (ENGSO) and supported by the European Lotteries Association (EL).

In their opening addresses, ENGSO President, Carlos Cardoso, underlined the importance of the Recommendations of the High Level Group Grassroots Sport, also making a strong reference to the role of Lotteries in terms of sports funding and Jens Nymand Christensen, Deputy Director General of DG EAC of the European Commission highlighted the significant role of grassroots sport also in terms of social integration of refugees.

Following up with the publication of the Recommendations published last June by the High Level group “Grassroots Sport”, from the lottery sector, the Chairman of EL Sport Committee, Torbjørn Almlid provided numerous concrete examples of how Lotteries are using their capillary network to support all EU initiatives related to sport such as the upcoming European Week of Sport in all Member States; of how they have been sustainably supporting the creation of accessible sport facilities around Europe and promote various other projects aiming to use sport as a tool for youth and gender empowerment, integration and skills development.

Additionally, Torbjørn Almlid announced the new EL Sport Award, promising that “it will be open to any social sport project, fully in line with the EL core values” and urged for the submission of projects.

Addressing the High Level Group Recommendations to the EU, EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier expressed his appreciation for the overall work and the reference to the Lotteries and also welcomed MEP Takkula’s work on his new report on sport policy, noting: “It represents a renewed commitment to keep sport high on the agenda of the European Parliament”. He finally recalled that “illegal betting, not only represents a risk to public order but also jeopardises the sustainable financing of grassroots sport”.

MEP Takkula concluded the event with reiterating the positive societal impacts of grassroots sport, noting that many of the points discussed shall form part of his upcoming report and thanked ENGSO and EL for the organisation of the event.

Projects can be submitted to be considered for the EL Sport Award as of December 31. The winner will be made public in June 2017 at the European Lotteries’ bi-annual Congress in Krakow, Poland.

If you want to know more

High Level Group on Grassroots Sport (Full Report, EN)
European Week of Sport, and its promotion by EL and its Members
EL Sport Award

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L’EL participe activement aux travaux des groupes d’experts en charge de la dimension économique du sport et du trucage de matchs. En mai 2014, le programme de travail de l’Union européenne en faveur du sport pour 2014-2017 a été publié. Il annonçait la création de 5 groupes d’experts : Bonne gouvernance, Trucage de matchs, Dimension économique du sport, Pratique d’une activité physique bienfaisante pour la santé et Gestion des ressources humaines dans le sport. L’EL demeura activement engagée auprès des groupes d’experts en charge de la dimension économique du sport et du trucage de matchs, actifs de septembre 2014 à juillet 2016. Au sein du groupe en charge du trucage des matchs, l’EL était représentée par Thierry Pujol (directeur de l’intégrité du sport de la FDJ et vice-président du GLMS) et Vagelis Alexandrakis (secrétaire de la direction du sport de l’EL). L’EL a été très active au cours de chaque débat. Au cours de la troisième réunion, Thierry Pujol a eu l’opportunité de présenter au groupe le Système mondial de surveillance des fraudes dans les paris sportifs (GLMS, Global Lottery Monitoring System), soulignant l’histoire, le fonctionnement et la valeur ajoutée qu’apporte le GMLS en matière de surveillance des fraudes dans les paris. Au sein du groupe d’experts en charge de la dimension économique du sport, l’EL, représentée par Walter de Beauvesier Watson, le président du groupe de travail sur le sport de l’EL, ainsi que par Vagelis Alexandrakis, secrétaire de la direction du sport de l’EL, n’a pas seulement eu l’occasion de rappeler l’importante contribution des opérateurs de jeu aux sports de masse, elle a également souligné la participation des opérateurs de jeu à l’économie et à l’emploi, une référence directe à l’étude SportsEconAustria publiée en 2015. Que le groupe d’experts en charge de la dimension économique du sport reconnaisse également, tout comme le groupe de haut niveau sur les sports de masse de la commission, l’importance des opérateurs de jeu et exhorte les états membres à préserver leur rôle en matière de financement des sports de masse est un point positif. Liens :
  • Vous trouverez le rapport complet du groupe de haut niveau sur les sports de masse ici.
  • Vous trouverez de plus amples informations sur la semaine européenne du sport ainsi que sur sa promotion par l’EL et ses membres ici.
  • Vous trouverez de plus amples informations sur le prix sportif de l’EL ici.
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EL participa y contribuye activamente al trabajo de los Grupos de expertos sobre Dimensión económica del deporte y amaño de encuentros (Expert Groups Economic Dimension of Sport and Match-Fixing). En mayo de 2014 se publicó el Plan de Trabajo de la Unión Europea para el Deporte (EU Work Plan for Sport) 2014-2017 en el que se anunciaba la creación de cinco grupos de expertos: Buen gobierno, Amaño de encuentros, Dimensión económica del deporte, Actividad física para la mejora de la salud y Gestión de recursos humanos en el deporte. EL ha tenido una participación muy activa en los Grupos de expertos sobre Dimensión económica del deporte y amaño de encuentros que se reunieron entre septiembre de 2014 y julio de 2016. En el Grupo de expertos sobre Amaño de encuentros, EL estuvo representado por Thierry Pujol (Director de Integridad Deportiva de FDJ y vicepresidente de GLMS) y Vagelis Alexandrakis (Secretario Ejecutivo de Deportes de EL). EL participó muy activamente en todas las conversaciones. En la tercera reunión, Thierry Pujol tuvo oportunidad de presentar ante el Grupo el (recién creado en ese momento) sistema GLMS de monitorización global de la lotería (Global Lottery Monitoring System), y destacar la historia, metodología y valor añadido que ofrece GLMS para monitorizar los patrones de apuestas. En el Grupo de Expertos de Dimensión Económica del Deporte, EL, representada por Walter de Beauvesier Watson, presidente del Grupo de Trabajo de Deportes de EL, y Vagelis Alexandrakis, secretario ejecutivo de deportes de EL, no solo se dio la oportunidad de recordar la significativa contribución de las loterías al deporte de base, sino que también se subrayó su contribución a la economía y el empleo (en referencia directa al estudio SportsEconAustria, 2015). Resulta muy positivo que, en línea con el Grupo de Alto Nivel Deporte de Base de la Comisión, el Grupo de Expertos de Dimensión Económica de Deporte de la Unión Europea también reconoció la importancia de las loterías y apremió a los estados miembros para salvaguardar la función de las loterías en términos de financiación del deporte de base. Enlaces:
  • Se puede acceder a todo el informe del Grupo de Alto Nivel sobre Deporte de Base aquí.
  • Se puede encontrar más información acerca de la Semana Europea del Deporte y su promoción por parte de EL y sus miembros aquí.
  • Se puede encontrar más información acerca del Premio de Deportes de EL aquí
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EL ist aktiv mit dabei und leistet einen Beitrag zur Arbeit der Expertengruppen für die Wirtschaftliche Dimension des Sports und Spielmanipulation. Im Mai 2014 wurde der EU-Arbeitsplan für Sport 2014-2017 veröffentlicht und die Schaffung von 5 Expertengruppen angekündigt: Gute Regierungsführung, Spielmanipulation, die Wirtschaftliche Dimension des Sports, Gesundheitsfördernde Körperliche Aktivität und Human Resources Management im Sport. EL hat sehr aktiv an den Expertengruppen Spielmanipulation und Wirtschaftliche Dimension des Sport teilgenommen, die von September 2014 bis Juli 2016 stattfanden. In der Expertengruppe Spielmanipulation wurde EL von Thierry Pujol (Sport Integrity Director der FDJ und Vize-Präsident des GLMS) und Vagelis Alexandrakis (EL Generalsekretär für Sport) vertreten. EL war bei allen Diskussionen sehr aktiv mit dabei. Bei dem 3. Treffen hatte Thierry Pujol die Gelegenheit, der Gruppe das (damals neu geschaffene) Weltweite Monitoring-System für Lotterien (Global Lottery Monitoring System, GLMS) vorzustellen und die Geschichte, Methodologie und den Mehrwert des GLMS in der Überwachung von Wettmustern zu unterstreichen. In der Expertengruppe für Wirtschaftliche Dimension des Sports, hatte EL, vertreten durch den Vorsitzenden der Arbeitsgruppe von EL Sport, Walter de Beauvesier Watson, sowie vom Generalsekretär von EL Sport, Vagelis Alexandrakis, nicht nur die Gelegenheit, den bedeutenden Beitrag der Lotterien zum Breitensport zu betonen, sondern konnte auch unterstreichen, dass Lotterien einen Beitrag zur Wirtschaft und Beschäftigung (direkter Verweis auf die Studie SportsEconAustria 2015) leisten. Es ist äußerst positiv, dass nach der Hochrangigen Gruppe Breitensport der EU auch die EU Expertengruppe Wirtschaftliche Dimension des Sports die Bedeutung der Lotterien anerkannt hat und die Mitgliedstaaten dazu auffordert, die Rolle der Lotterien im Hinblick auf die Finanzierung des Breitensports zu schützen. Links:
  • Den vollständigen Bericht der Hochrangigen Gruppe zu Breitensport können Sie hier lesen.
  • Weitere Informationen über die Europäische Woche des Sports und deren Förderung durch EL und seine Mitglieder finden Sie hier.
  • Weitere Informationen über den EL Sport Award finden Sie hier

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