European Parliament 2014-2019
Committee on Culture and Education
of the Committee on Culture and Education
for the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
on the proposal for a Council decision authorising Member States to become party, in the interest of the European Union, to the Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security, and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events (CETS n°218)
(COM(2018)0247 – C8 0436/2018 – 2018/0116(NLE))
Rapporteur for opinion: Emma McClarkin
The rapporteur welcomes the Convention’s emphasis on an integrated, multi-agency approach targeting safety, security and service; and on a partnership ethos between authorities and stakeholders acting together. In particular, your rapporteur welcomes the role that supporters’ groups have played in drafting the Convention, and hopes that similar engagement be maintained going forward.
The subject of sports safety is of upmost importance especially in light of recent cases of racism and violence in international football. Your rapporteur notes progress towards making sports events safe for all attendees, and encourages political engagement with international sports governance actors for example in the form of joint campaigns such as ‘Kick It Out’ as well as sports stadium safety professionals.
The rapporteur also calls on Member States and sports authorities to review policies on all-seater stadium regulations with a view to opening sections of the stadia to standing spectators. The example of Germany offers valuable lessons of how new safe standing can enhance the experience of live sports events whilst maintaining safety.
Finally, your rapporteur calls on the EU and Member States to deepen cooperation with partners in international fora, for example through the Project Stadia initiative, which aims to help INTERPOL member countries plan and execute policing and security preparations for major sporting events.
The Committee on Culture and Education calls on the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, as the committee responsible, to recommend that Parliament give its consent to the proposal for a Council decision authorising Member States to become party, in the interest of the European Union, to the Council of Europe Convention on an integrated safety, security, and service approach at football matches and other sports events (CETS No 218).
PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION
Title Proposal for a Council decision authorising Member States to become party, in the interest of the European Union, to the Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security, and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events (CETS No 218)
References 12527/2018 – C8-0436/2018 – COM(2018)0247 – 2018/0116(NLE)
Date announced in plenary CULT
Date appointed Emma McClarkin
Date adopted 4.2.2019
Result of final vote +:
Members present for the final vote Dominique Bilde, Andrea Bocskor, Silvia Costa, María Teresa Giménez Barbat, Petra Kammerevert, Rupert Matthews, Luigi Morgano, Michaela Šojdrová, Helga Trüpel, Sabine Verheyen, Julie Ward, Bogdan Andrzej Zdrojewski, Milan Zver
Substitutes present for the final vote Norbert Erdős, Romeo Franz, Dietmar Köster
FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION
ALDE María Teresa Giménez Barbat
ECR Rupert Matthews
ENF Dominique Bilde
PPE Andrea Bocskor, Norbert Erdős, Michaela Šojdrová, Sabine Verheyen, Bogdan Andrzej Zdrojewski, Milan Zver
S&D Silvia Costa, Petra Kammerevert, Dietmar Köster, Luigi Morgano, Julie Ward
VERTS/ALE Romeo Franz, Helga Trüpel
Key to symbols:
+ : in favour
– : against
0 : abstention