The WSF is very honoured to be part of EPAS: Following a decision by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 29 May 2024, the World Snowboard Federation, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and Rugby Europe have joined the Consultative Committee of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS), bringing the total amount of members to 30.

Dominic Kuhn, president of the WSF, states: „I am very much looking forward to working with my colleagues on the Consultative Committee of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport. By having a voice in the European sports movement, we will use the dialogue between public authorities, sports federations, and NGOs to make our sport more ethical, more inclusive and safer. Not just in Europe – this will hopefully also have a global impact.”

As members of the Consultative Committee these three sports federations will be, together with 27 other organisations, in a privileged position to contribute to the work of EPAS, fostering dialogue between the members of sports organisations and public authorities.

The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport is composed of three statutory bodies – the Governing Board, the Consultative Committee and the Statutory Committee – all of which strive to implement the programme of activities aimed at making sport more ethical, inclusive and safe. The Consultative Committee is composed of European sport organisations representing the grassroots sports movement and wider, including international federations, sports bodies, etc.



What is EPAS?

The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) provides a platform for intergovernmental co-operation. It facilitates dialogue between governmental representatives, the sports movement, other non-governmental organisations (NGOs), athletes, coaches and referees, corporate business and local authorities.

EPAS puts its know-how at the disposal of member states, sports organisations and NGOs to help them develop their policies and practices with the aim of making sport more ethical, more inclusive and safer.

EPAS promotes a multi-stakeholder approach to sport. Recognising the value of such an approach, the European Sports Charter (ESC) actively encourages the development of multi-sectoral partnerships and the leveraging of multi- stakeholder platforms to implement initiatives and policies.


What does EPAS do?

Develops policies (e.g. on safe sport) and international standards, such as the ESC, and supports their implementation.

Facilitates multi-stakeholder dialogue by offering platforms for discussion and helps with capacity- building and the exchange of good practices.

Organises Conferences of Ministers responsible for Sport to discuss and decide on important sport-related issues.

Organises thematic conferences and seminars on various subjects concerning sport.

Publishes handbooks, guidelines and research papers on sport and sport policy making.

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Author: Birgit