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Security at major sports events

A total of 160 senior police offers from Estonia, Lithuania and Poland received training on the coordination of security at major international sports events. This training was put into practice when they assisted with preparation for the European Basketball Men’s Championship 2011, held in Lithuania.

Project dates 01/05/2010 - 30/04/2013
FundISEC
TopicMass Events
Total budget€149 934
EU contribution70%
Project CoordinatorPolice Department, Ministry of Interior (Lithuania)
Project partners
  • Belgium Federal Police (Belgium)
  • General Police Directorate, Ministry of Interior (Croatia)
  • Estonian Police Board (Estonia)
  • Lithuanian Basketball Federation (Lithuania)
  • Voivodship Police Headquarters, Bialystok (Poland)
  • National Police Headquarters (Poland)
  • Higher Institute of Police Sciences and Internal Security (Portugal)

Project Description

To increase security at major international sports events, this project is training senior police officers who are responsible for coordinating security during sports events in Estonia, Lithuania and Poland.

The project assisted with the preparation of the national safety and security plan for the European Basketball Men’s Championship 2011, which took place in Lithuania. This covered legislative issues, hospitality and intelligence-led policing, international cooperation, media strategy, stewards, volunteers, ticketing, mobility and logistics.

Benefits and results

Some 160 police officers from Estonia, Lithuania and Poland were trained in maintaining public order and preventing violence at international sports events, following the EU manual on good practice at major sports events in the EU. The training received was then put into practice at the European Basketball Men’s Championship 2011.

By the end of the project, recommendations will provide guidance on the adoption of the EU manual on good practice at major sports events (also known as the EU Football Manual) in the newer EU countries.

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