Match-fixing and corruption in sport: extracts from the Commission statement

Type: News   Reference: 92814   Duration: 00:04:20  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 14/03/2013   First transmission: 14/03/2013
European Commissioner Andrea Vassiliou, in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth, adressed today the European Parliament on the question of match fixing and corruption in sport. Commissioner Vassiliou recalled that a November 2012 recommendation to the Council calls on the Member States to allow the Commission to join them in the negotiations. Commission also adopted a proposal to review the EU's anti-money-laundering directive, so to broaden the scope of directive beyond casinos to cover the whole gambling sector. As for MEPs, EU countries' efforts to fight sports match-fixing would work better if they were coordinated at EU level, as sports match-fixing and fraud involving organised crime take place in the vast majority of member states. A paper drafted by Emine Bozkurt (S&D, NL) for the Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering underscores that while perhaps some Member States or sports organisations would prefer a less compulsory form of cooperation, in order to combat match fixing in European sport strong co-operationalties and clear decision making structures are necessary.

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00:00:00 TITLE : Match-fixing and corruption in sport: extracts from the Commission statement 00:00:05
00:00:05 EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament in Strasbourg 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (English) Androulla VASSILIOU, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth : "Match fixing and corruption pose the greatest threats to the European sport today." 00:00:07
00:00:17 SOUNDBITE (English) Androulla VASSILIOU, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth : "Concerning the negotiation of a Council of Europe Convention against the manipulation of sport competitions, the Commission, in November 2012, adopted a recommendation to the Council. This recommendation calls on the Member States to allow the Commission to join them in the negotiations. We expect the Council to adopt its negotiating directive in the near future." 00:00:32
00:00:49 SOUNDBITE (English) Androulla VASSILIOU, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth : "The competent authorities will be able to rely on Eurojust for the practical coordination of cross-border prosecution. But also on a whole range of instruments adopted in the field of judicial cooperation including the European arrest warrant." 00:00:22
00:01:11 SOUNDBITE (English) Androulla VASSILIOU, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth : "On February the 5th of this year, the Commission adopted a proposal to review the EU's anti-money-laundering directive. In the light of concerns that the gambling sector is vulnerable to money laundering, the Commission has proposed to broaden the scope of directive beyond casinos to cover the whole gambling sector." 00:00:28
00:01:39 SOUNDBITE (English) Androulla VASSILIOU, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth : "Policing and prosecution are only one part of the solution. In order to be effective, the fight against match fixing needs to include preventive measures as well. I am glad to inform you that, under the 2012 preparatory actions for sport, the Commission selected 5 projects in the area of match fixing. These projects will help to educate the relevant actors and raise awareness about the problem within both the sport movements and the public." 00:00:43
00:02:22 SOUNDBITE (German) Ivo BELET (EPP, BE) : English translation : "First of all we need a structural spontaneous exchange of information between all concerned : betting operators on the one hand, the sport federations and of course the national regulators have got to work together to gather a spontaneous exchange of data and information." 00:00:18
00:02:40 SOUNDBITE (German) Ivo BELET (EPP, BE) : English translation : "Last but not least, we need a ban on betting on matches involving juniors and junior events. That's important for all stakeholders to be involved, there should be no gambling on sports events involving junior teams." 00:00:21
00:03:01 SOUNDBITE (German) Petra KAMMEREVERT (S&D, DE) : English translation : "This scandal is really dreadful when it comes to sport fans, football fans, who look at team spirit, fair play and those kind of values which are important for our society. Match fixing and corruption undermine these values and jeopardize sports. I think that fans have to be able to rely on the fact that their players are win or lose in a fair match competition. So fair play not only has to be promoted but it has to be lived and experienced." 00:00:32
00:03:33 SOUNDBITE (French) Jacky HENIN (GUE/NGL, FR) : "Far from facing the challenges of the wild liberalization in the gambling sector and the sport world in general, the common resolution only lists a number of good intentions rather than sustainable solutions. If we think that physical sport and dedication is essential for human being throughout their lives and is a vehicle for emancipation for all of us, that it helps people to respect one each other and to learn how to live as a member of the society, then it is more than necessary to move away from the kind of market based approach that only leads to oppose humans and that advantages the trickery and corruption of the mafia, as those have obviously realised that the area of sport is very profitable." 00:00:44
00:04:17 CUTAWAY, 1 shot 00:00:03
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