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  • 25 September 2017

    August 9th, 2017 President Andrzej Duda signed documents integrated into national law the Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events (done on 4th May 2016 at Strasbourg).

    The principal aim of this Convention is to prevent incidents and disturbances of public order posing a threat for participants and spectators of football matches and other sports events. An innovative solution in this area is the adoption of an integrated multi-stakeholder approach to security based on three pillars (safety, security and service) and the cooperation of all institutions and parties involved.

     

    The Convention reflects the view that focus put only on the threats does not lead to create adequate risk reduction measures. A more effective solution is to implement both safety and security measures, as well as appropriate service measures implemented with the primary aim of making individuals and groups feel comfortable, what has a strong influence on behavior of spectators.

     

    The earlier agreement in this field was the European Convention on Spectator Violence and Misbehaviour at Sports Events and in particular football matches (ETS N°120), drawn up in 1985 and ratified by Poland in 1995. Over time, this agreement has become largely outdated and incompatible with current European experiences and good practices.    

     

    The new Convention of the Council of Europe asserts that its provisions shall apply to all national and international football matches at the professional level, however each state party may decide if the provisions should also apply to lower-level football matches or sports events in other disciplines.

     

    The new Convention on the safety of sports events was signed by Poland on 29 November 2016. At this stage, Poland made a reservation that it would not apply art. 5.2 of the Convention. This resolve was maintained in the process of ratification of the agreement.

     

    The Convention shall enter into force on the first day of the month following the expiration of a period of one months after the date on which three Member States of the Council of Europe have expressed their consent to be bound by its provisions. At the present stage two states have already ratified the Convention, therefore it will enter into force with the Polish ratification.

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