Transparency International PORTUGAL
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Transparency International ITALIA
Transparency International SPAIN
PLAY FAIR CODE
Transparency International SLOVENIA
Ufficio per lo Sport della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri
Description of Partners:
Transparency International Portugal (Coordinator)
Transparência e Integridade, Associação Cívica (TI-PT) is the Portuguese representative of Transparency Interntional. Its mission is to fortify the quality of democracy and civil society in the country, promoting transparency, integrity and responsibility within public and private institutions.
TI-PT's work is structured around five pillars:
- Raising awareness of civil society and decision makers in the public and private sectors to the issue of corruption and its economic, social and political costs;
- Research and development on corruption and transparency issues, mapping the strenghts and weaknesses of the legislative and institutional anti-corruption framework in Portugal, and making policy recommendations to decision makers;
- Lobbying public officials and political leaders for the adoption of stronger public policies and best practices in the fight against corruption;
- Monitoring of progress in the implementation of national and international commitments in anti-corruption policies;
- Whistleblower protection, by providing advice and assistance to whistleblowers and to witnesses and victims of corruption, as well as developing policy proposals to improve legal and practical protections to those who report wrongdoing.
Thanks to a growing number of EU projects where it has been or is direct partner, and other ones where it has been partner of Universities, TI-PT is gradually developing and strengthening a solid know-how in managing complex projects.
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
UNIVERSITA’ CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE is Europe's most important Catholic University. With its four campuses of Milan, Brescia, Piacenza-Cremona and Rome, it is also the only university in Italy operating on a national scale. The university is both a lively community and a research hub, where students are urged towards constant and intense participation in academic life.
The research center directly involved is ASAG (Psichology and Social Sciences Advanced School): http://asag.unicatt.it/, which organizes a unique, very reputed European Master on Use of Sport for Social Intervention: http://asag.unicatt.it/asag-sport-e-intervento-psicosociale-ix-edizione-presentazione with a strong and long tradition (IX Edition).
It’s currently a partner of the EU funded project “ANTIMATCH-FIXING FORMULA: UNDERSTAND, SHARE, METHODIZE, REPLICATE”, HOME/2014/PPXX/AG/SPBX/7522.
Coni Servizi S.p.A.
Coni Servizi Spa has been born in 2002 through the bestowal of the staff and the assets of the CONI, the Italian National Olympic Committee.
The mission of the Coni Servizi Spa is to create value for the Italian sports:
- managing services for CONI with optimal efficiency, quality and cost.
- thus allowing the CONI can allocate more financial contributions to the National Sports Federations to provide services with high added value.
- developing its own know-how, unique in Italy, in the field of sports and associated disciplines.
- valuing its assets to professional resources and materials
Coni Servizi Spa manages the National Centers of Olympic Preparation, the School of the Sport, the Medicine Institute and the Science of the Sport Institute, supplies advising system for the sportswoman of high level and develops the plan of requalification of the Park of the Foro Italico, the more important sport thematic park in Italy.
Scuola dello Sport
The School of Sport of CONI and CONI Servizi spa, established by the Olympic Committee in 1966, is the structure that works with the task of developing activities and expertise in the field of specialized training to be allocated to the various figures of operating executives in the sports world. To accomplish its statutory objectives, the School of Sport organizes and coordinates for over thirty years, training, retraining and specialization, in residence and in the distance, of technicians and managers working in the sports world, in close collaboration with the National Sports Federations, associations and other forms of sport institutions and universities nationally and internationally.
Institute of Sport Medicine and Science
The Institute of Medicine and Science of the Sport is the sanitary and scientific structure of CONI Servizi, that it has the institutional task for protecting élite athlete’s health and providing to the National Federations Sport the scientific knowledge for the improvement of the sport performances, due to the Olympic engagements and high level, and to promote sport culture with the aim of the individual well-being, through researches in the field of sport and the physical exercise, in collaboration with national and international Research Agencies.
The scientific research and the educational and formation activities are carried out also in collaboration with the University and the main Italian institutes of research and foreign countries, relatively to the topics of the sport medicine and the health protection through the psychology, physiology, biology and biomechanics applied to the physical exercises and the sport.
Its activity ensures prevention and research, education, vocational training and develops programs of medical controls linked to the sport practice. It promotes the sport culture, through researches in the field of the physical exercise and sport, in collaboration with National and International Institutions.
It carries out activity of Institute of Sport Medicine and Science in favor of third party with the objective to estimate and to preserve state of health, to optimize the sport performances also with the aim of finding economic resources and to transfer the acquired knowledge at the top level to all the population.
Coni Servizi Spa, through its specific departments, provides to third parties and to the National Sports Federations consulting services for the design, construction and management of sports facilities, defining the products offered and the related fees: for these purposes develops the necessary communication and organization of events and attends to the creation of specialized publishing initiatives. Develops training projects in the field of sports facilities in collaboration with the School of Sport. Organizes training/information projects for staff safety in accordance with local regulations. Draws up specific Security Plans for events promoted by the Company. Promotes studies and research, including the development of appropriate tests, concerning technical matters on plant design, following the evolution of national and European legislation and handling relations with international organizations. Provides specialist technical support to the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Economy in the field of safety in sports and sports related services for regulatory compliance required. Follows technical projects and other special projects, as directed by the Management. Attends to the implementation of the National Observatory on Sports Facilities (ONIS) taking care to this end of the relationship with institutional stakeholders (competent ministries, regions, etc.), ensuring the conclusion of agreements with the regions and ensuring the technical management of the integrated database with all the information on the national sports system. Ensures brand enhancement of CONI Servizi, with reference to the management of sports facilities, through the signing of contracts for the official-supply/partnership, and the management of related relationship. Ensures the development of the Quality Label in the management of sports facilities.
TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL ITALY
Transparency International Italia (TI-It) is the Italian National Chapter of Transparency International (TI), the world leading NGO for the promotion of transparency and the fight against corruption.
TI-It mission is implemented through several actions:
- To combat corruption in all its different forms, to make the citizen and civil society aware of its damages;
- To analyze and to study the phenomenon of corruption and related crimes, their causes and effects, to develop solutions and tools in order to reduce or eliminate damages from corruption;
- To create awareness in public opinion on the urgency to fight corruption and related crimes through meetings, seminars, debates, researches, surveys and other ways of communication and expression according to the rule of law;
- To promote integrity in schools and universities, train teachers and students by means of a focused education program. The aim is to highlight the values of a transparent and responsible society;
- To promote the national ratification of international juridical and economic laws and conventions aiming at tackling corruption and related crimes in public and private sectors;
- To encourage public and private sector to fix and implement ethic principles and codes;
- To promote good governance and protection of collective interests.
TI-It has around 80 individual members from all the country, its activities covered almost all Italian regions and some of them are carried out in close cooperation with other European TI chapters.
In the field of sport, TI-It is engaged in the promotion of ethics in sport since several years, organising and participating in public conferences and debate, teaching students about rules in sport and inform them about “corrupted” behaviours such as doping and match-fixing. A specific publication on ethics and sport has been elaborated in 2004, and in a second version in 2008, with results of a survey among students and contributions of famous sportmen (http://www.transparency.it/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/LIBRO_Etica_Sport1.pdf ). During 2013 and 2014 TI-It has implemented a project focused on match-fixing in football, “Staying on side: how to stop match-fixing”, funded by the European Commission (DG Education and Culture), and co-funded by the European Professional Football League. The project is developed in cooperation with Transparency International UK, Transparency International Germany, Transparency International Greece, Transparency International Lithuania and the Lisbon University Institute (Centro de Estudos de Investigação e Sociologia). In Italy the project has been carried out in close cooperation with Lega Serie B, which has participated through around 300 members of staff, young players and team managers in an extensive survey on sport and ethical behaviours. The project has also involved players, technical and managerial staff, media and professionals in workshops and training sessions on match-fixing and has given rise to a protection protocol for teams and players to build limits to the practice of match-fixing.
Very relevant has been for TI-IT the partnership with the Italian Government Sport Office (http://www.sportgoverno.it/) and with Catholic University (http://www.ucsc.it/) for the organization of the European Seminar “Match-Fixing: a Key Issue for Sports Integrity” under the Italian EU Presidency, which has generated the following permanent stakeholder platform: http://www.ad-hoc-network-against-match-fixing.net/ .
It is currently a partner of the EU funded project “ANTIMATCH-FIXING FORMULA: UNDERSTAND, SHARE, METHODIZE, REPLICATE”, HOME/2014/PPXX/AG/SPBX/7522.
ESSA is a not for profit organisation involving a number of largely, but not exclusively, online sports betting operators. The role of ESSA is to provide an early warning system, aiming reduce the risk that its members can be used in the connection to corruption in sports.
ESSA employs a two tier mechanism which assists its members to determine, quickly and efficiently if any fraudulent activity or manipulation is taking place on any given sports event covered by any one of its members. It is based on a two tier system;
- Tier 1: is the Internal Control System (ICS) of the members itself as required under their respective gaming licenses/applicable law. This legal requirement oblidges ESSA members to maintain strict safeguards on “who bets on what” ( customers (KYC), transactions (KYT), detection of any kind suspicious activities and cooperation with public law bodies. By the same token, members are obliged to keep records of all transactions (digital finger printing and audit trail)
- Tier 2: is the ESSA early warning system, which primarily works on the input provided by its members, notably alerts created by members as to suspicious transactions detected by their own internal control system.
The operational process flow works as follows: a member detects something unusual in a betting pattern on a particular event (tier 1, ICS) that is then reported and escalated to ESSA’s security team and Head Bookmaker who make further enquiries and makes an assessment of whether to
issue an alert to the whole membership (tier 2). If such an alert is issued, which occurs through the Advanced Security Platform (ASP) to specifically named addressees, members are required to respond within 60 minutes, confirming whether or not similar trends have been seen elsewhere in the market and, if they have, giving as much detail as possible. While members are committed to fight corruption in sports and fully cooperate to that end, they are also subject to non-disclosure restrictions, as for instance enshrined in data protection law.
Where elements emerge that there may be potentially fraudulent activity taking place, e.g. because several members have confirmed an irregular pattern, ESSA will i) the report that under the applicable Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to the relevant sports governing body and ii) encourage the member(s) concerned to make a report to their own national regulator.
To this end ESSA has signed MoU’s with over 20 sport federations and regulators this includes, FIFA, the IOC, the Tennis Integrity Unit, the UK Gambling Commission, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, the Malta Lotteries and Gaming Authority and the Gibraltar Gambling Commission.
The European Association for the Study of Gambling (EASG) is a non-profit organisation based in Amsterdam (NL), aiming at increasing the level of dialogue between its members representing various aspects of gambling: EASG members are about 180 academics and researchers, representatives from regulatory bodies, from the gambling industry and gambling pathologies treatment professionals.
EASG members come from more than 20 EEA members Countries and from other extra European Countries.
The association provides a forum for the systematic and comparative study, discussion and dissemination of knowledge about all matters relating to historical, economical, mathematical and social aspects of gambling. Recent studies have concerned development, enforcement and evaluation of the regulation of gambling; match-fixing issues in betting; marketing and management of gambling operations; social gaming and gambling; problem gambling and prevention and treatment programs, etc.
To fulfill its aims, the Association organizes a European conference on gambling and policy issues every two or three years (next one, the 11th European Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues that will take place in 2016 in Portugal) and intermediary meetings on specific issues. The last Seminar dedicated to match-fixing issues and contrast took place in Amsterdam in January 2015.
Merging EASG organization’s experiences, professionals and widely extended competence in all aspects of gambling to Catholic University aim to implement an organic specialized training process addressed to top decision makers of sport organizations (Clubs, Federations, Leagues, Olympic Committees) on the sport-betting industry dynamics and trends, match-fixing mechanisms and processes, tools and strategies to contrast it.
Transparency International Spain
Transparency International Spain is an ONG with assumes that transparency is a major goal of modern society, and is inherently linked to the Right to know from citizens are increasingly demanding to be sufficiently informed and have greater participation in decisions that affect them. According to these principles, and general objectives and TI strategy as a global organization, TI-Spain is committed to promoting social and continuing permanently increasing the level of information and openness of information that different Spanish public institutions knowledge generated for citizenship.
Moreover, the objectives and activities of TI-Spain from its legal constitution in 2006, and all its members are based on the current Code of Ethics in this organization, and also on its conflict of interest policy. It is possible also consult Curricular data and register of interests of members of the Board of TI-Spain. Moreover, see a summary of its activities in: TI-Spain activities report.
Association for the Protection of Integrity in Sports (Play Fair Code) in Austria
Criminality in competition in general, and match-fixing in particular, are threatening to infiltrate the fundamental character traits of sport, the credibility, the fairness and the integrity of sport.
This negative trend signifies a grave threat for sport as a whole. Turnovers of billions of dollars (euros) in the sport-betting industry are subject to business models of the Organized Crime referring to money laundering. Manipulation and betting fraud is massive threat to everybody involved in todays sport world, that is the athletes, the referees, the clubs, the sponsors and the fans. Once credibility is at stake, the „product“ sport has a serious problem.
The Association for Protecting the Integrity in Sports was founded on the initiative of the Austrian Sports Ministry, the Austrian Football Association and the Austrian Football League. The new organisation, which uses the brand name “Play Fair Code” in its day-to-day functions, has former international footballer Günter Kaltenbrunner as its President.
A series of other major sports stakeholders have joined the Play Fair Code since it was founded. These include the Austrian Federal Sports Organisation, the Austrian Olympic Committee, the Austrian Ski Federation, the Bookmakers’ Federation, the Austrian Lotteries, the Austrian Ice Hockey League and a range of Austrian betting operators.
In addition to this, there is ongoing close cooperation with the Austrian Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry’s Integrity in Sports Unit.
The operating strategy of the Play Fair Code, which was laid down as soon as the organisation was founded and remains clearly defined, lies in prevention, monitoring and its provision of an Ombudsman facility.
Prevention refers to the idea of making athletes, coaches and those responsible at the relevant sporting associations aware of match-fixing by providing education, explanation and information.
Since the beginning of 2013, by combining direct lectures, seminars and workshops focussing on the issues of integrity in sport and match-fixing at around 150 training courses, the Play Fair Code has been able to reach approximately 5,000 people within its core target audiences of players, association officials, functionaries and media representatives. Defining players and referees in the professional field as the top target group close to 100% of the Austrian professional footballers and referees were actively trained by the Play Fair Code so far. For the clear purpose of sustainability in the future a refreshment of the trainings and seminars will be in place in a 12 to 18 month rotation.
Play Fair Code from the very beginning defined a top down education strategy. Professional athletes (including future professional athletes) were the first target group in the education roll-out. In a second step the interface between professional, semi-professional and amateur athletes, referees and sport representatives are now a target group of the Play Fair Code education strategy.
Above and beyond this, it is about highlighting the backgrounds and risks, and offering protection mechanisms.
From the experience made to date it has to be pointed out that the direct, one-to-one athlete education approach is a fairly successful model of raising sustainable and verifiable awareness and understanding in the field of anti match–fixing and integrity in sports. Also it turned out to be very effective to clearly speak about the consequences of an involvement in match-fixing such as criminal law prosecution, federation law consequences, labour law consequences and, last but not least the loss of social reputation.
In September 2014, it was agreed that the Austrian Ice Hockey League (Erste Bank Eishockey Liga) should become a full member of the Play Fair Code. This move was synonymous with another training module being developed and worked out for players in the top Austrian Ice Hockey League, which started roll-out in early 2015.
Play Fair Code currently is a delegated member of the Austrian Sports Ministry for the EU Work Plan for Sport 2014 – 2017 in the Expert Group “Match-Fixing” led by Yves Le Lostecque (DG EAC – Sport) and Harri Syvässalmi (Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture), which held its second meeting in Brussels in March 2015.
Play Fair Code was a member of the IOC Expert Group “Education” for the International Forum on Sports Integrity (IFSI) in April 2015.
Play Fair Code is a delegated member of the Austrian Sports Ministry for the follow up measurements of the EPAS Convention against match-fixing and member of the EPAS Network of Regulators.
Play Fair Code is an award-winning institution having received the European Fair Play Diploma 2014 in regocnition of exemplary initiatives by the European Fair Play Movement under the patronage of the European Olympic Committes (EOC).
At the moment Play Fair Code has 2 fulltime employees in a growing field of sport-disciplines.
Play Fair Code is a project partner of the Erasmus+ co-funded project “European Rookie Cup” within the 2014 Call for Proposals (Erasmus + Collaborative Partnerships in Sports) with the reference number EAC/S11/13 (http://www.rookiecup.eu/home/) and will also be a project partner with the University of Thessaloniki in the project “Fix the Fixers” for the application deadline May 14, 2015.
The main input on behalf of Play Fair Code for this project shall be expertise and know-how in the field of prevention trainings for young athletes, professional athletes, coaches, referees and further sport stakeholders. Also providing information material to all participants and partners for further distribution and to facilitate discussion groups. Additionally Play Fair Code will contribute know-how in the design and set-up of comparable platforms from an organizational, financial, legal and strategic point of view. www.playfaircode.at
Transparency International Slovenia
Slovenian Non-Governmental Organisation - association for ethics in public service Transparency International Slovenia (TI Slovenia) is raising awareness on issues related to transparency, integrity, curbing corruption and organized crime. (TI Slovenia) is member of the leading, global NGO in the fight against corruption Transparency International.
TI Slovenia’s primary objective is to promote integrity and ethical behaviour in public life and to prevent corruption at a national and international level. These objectives are to be achieved through advocacy, public information, education and research. We are preparing roundtables, seminars, press conferences, workshop and share knowledge with stakeholders.
In addition, the purpose of the TI Slovenia’s is to develop and implement preventive measures and raise awareness of the terms, needs and consequences of promoting integrity in politics, government, business and civil society. We also assess current levels and attitudes to ethics, integrity and corruption in Slovenia. We provide practical advice to people and organizations on preventing corruption, advice people who have been confronted by corruption and help them deal with the authorities. We also publish and prepare independent research on corruption, ethics and integrity and cooperate with authorities as well as other NGOs by helping them in fight against corruption.
TI Slovenia has currently 4 employees and has experience in anti-corruption activities related to sport and matchfixing. We participated in couple of roundtables, we have 2 prominent external experts on this field who participated in documentaries and have proven expertees on the topic.
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In addition to the Partners above indicated, we consider functional to the project evaluation to pinpoint that the consortium will cooperate strictly with:
UFFICIO SPORT DELLA PRESIDENZA DEL CONSIGLIO (ITALIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICE FOR SPORT)
The Italian Office for Sport is the Italian governmental public body with the mission to develop the national policies on sports: without being a Ministry, it plays a technical role in coordinatimg the government actions on sports. One of its key action lines in recent years has been the contrast to match-fixing, by:
- a) a consistent contribution to the concept development and formalization of the recent CoE Convention against match-fixing;
- b) a very proactive EU Presidency Semester, which has seen the organization of the European Seminar in Milan “Match-Fixing: a Key Issue for Sports Integrity” (http://www.ad-hoc-network-against-match-fixing.net/);
- c) the coordination of the EU funded project “ANTIMATCH-FIXING FORMULA: UNDERSTAND, SHARE, METHODIZE, REPLICATE”, HOME/2014/PPXX/AG/SPBX/7522
Similarly, the consortium will cooperate with both INTERPOL (Lyon Offices) and EUROPOL would be external entities which will contribute to this proposal through their Units for Sports Integrity, in the framework of cooperation, information sharing and advisory.
Their very valuable and unique contribution, in the framework of already ongoing contacts and information-exchage will be in the field of advisoring both the designing of data mining process and the designing of the tailored training model.
The consortium will also interact very substantially with UNESCO Cigeps in Paris (http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/physical-education-and-sport/cigeps/ (which has lead also to participate actively to the Doha meeting for MINEPS V follow-up http://www.theicss.org/en/events/view/follow-up-meeting-on-mineps-v-recommendations and with UNODC (https://www.unodc.org/) in Wien, with which there is an ongoing cooperation for the “UNODC Match-Fixing Resource Guide”, a tool to support investigations. The consortium has continous cooperative exchange with both entities and will take profit from them to strengthen at most the effectiveness of the proposed action.