Ministers' Deputies
    Notes on the Agenda

    CM/Notes/910/8.1 2 December 2004
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    910 Meeting, 6 January 2005
    8 Youth and sport


    8.1 10th Conference of European Ministers responsible for Sport (Budapest, 14-15 October 2004)

    Report by the Secretary General

    Reference documents
    CM(2004)213

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    Action

    To take note of the Report by the Secretary General on the 10th Conference of European Ministers responsible for Sport (Budapest, 14-15 October 2004) as set out in document CM(2004)213.

    To take note of Resolutions with a view to taking them into account in the future work of the Council of Europe in the area of sport.

    1. The general theme of the Conference was “Good Governance in Sport”. Two themes and sub-themes were discussed:

    Theme I. Good governance for sport in Europe:

    - “The overall strategic environment for sport, and the role of governments: why 'invest' in sport? New trends in sports practice”;
    - “Who does what? in sport – how responsibility is divided between the state and NGOs; the role and responsibilities of different organisations”;
    - “Ways to strengthen and protect the NGO sector, giving them authority and autonomy with accountability”;
    - “What is 'the good balance' between the autonomy of Sport NGOs and supervision by governmental bodies of them?”;
    - “Financial aspects and trends in sport and preserving the unity of sport - The commercial sector - Consequences for sports associations”;
    - “How to protect the integrity of sport?”

    Theme II. European Sports Cooperation:

    A. Items of current political concern, including:

    - Progress within UNESCO on drafting an international instrument against doping in sport;

    - Relations with the World Anti-Doping Agency and nomination of the European region representative to the WADA Executive Committee.

    B. Future work and priorities of the sports programme of the Council of Europe:

    - The consequences of EU enlargement and inclusion of an article on sport in the Constitution of the European Union on the work of the CDDS;

    - European Sports Co-operation in the period 2004/2008: who does what at pan-European level?

    2. The Conference adopted the following texts:

    - Resolution I on “the principles of good governance in sport” (document CM(2004)213, Appendix I);
    - Resolution II on “the progress within UNESCO on preparing a new international instrument against doping in sport” and “questions related to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)” (CM(2004)213, Appendix II);
    - Resolution III on “the European sports co-operation during the period 2004-2008” (document CM(2004)213, Appendix III);

    It should be noted that the Deputies already considered and took note of Resolution II at their 907th meeting (24 November 2004).

    3. The Conference designated Minister B. MIKKELSEN (Denmark) as a representative of the public authorities as a candidate for the position of interim Vice-Chair of the Foundation Board (and Executive Committee) of WADA and Minister J-F. LAMOUR (France) as the representative of the European continent on the Executive Committee of WADA.

    4. With regard to the work of UNESCO, the Specialised Ministers agreed to continue to cooperate closely in the Council of Europe framework, with a view to co-ordinate their positions and standpoints on the new international instrument against doping in sport, notably in the light of MINEPS IV Conference in Athens (6-8 December 2004).

    At their 905th meeting (1-2 December 2004, item 8.1), the Deputies took note of that part of Resolution II which dealt with the progress within UNESCO on preparing a new international instrument against doping in sport. The Deputy Secretary General was invited to use it as the basis for her participation in the MINEPS IV.

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    DRAFT DECISIONS

    910th meeting –6 January 2005

    Item 8.1

    10th Conference of European Ministers responsible for Sport (Budapest, 14-15 October 2004) - Report by the Secretary General
    (CM(2004)213)

    Decisions

    The Deputies

    with regard to Resolution I:

    1. took note of it and invited the CDDS to prepare a draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member states on good governance in sport;

    with regard to Resolution II1:

    2. took note of that part of the Resolution which was dealing with WADA, including the designation of Minister B. MIKKELSEN (Denmark) as a candidate of the public authorities for the position of interim Vice-Chair of the Foundation Board (and Executive Committee) of WADA and of Minister J-F. LAMOUR (France) as the representative of the European continent on the Executive Committee of WADA;

    3. instructed the Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) to follow progress within UNESCO on the drafting of a new international instrument against doping in sport and to report back to the Deputies as necessary;

    with regard to Resolution III:

    4. took note of it and instructed the CDDS to take account of the proposals made at the Budapest conference for future activities in the domain of sport linked to the core values of the Council of Europe;

    5. thanked the Cypriot, Swedish and Swiss governments for their voluntary contributions to the “Ballons Rouges” project.;

    6. took note of the Report by the Secretary General on the 10th Conference of European Ministers responsible for Sport (Budapest, 14-15 October 2004) as set out in document CM(2004)213 as a whole.

Note 1 At their 905th meeting (1-2 December 2004, item 8.1), the Deputies took note of that part of Resolution II which dealt with the progress within UNESCO on preparing a new international instrument against doping in sport. The Deputy Secretary General was invited to use it as the basis for her participation in the MINEPS IV.


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