High level panel: MEP Bogdan Wenta invited the Commissioner to discuss Sports Manipulations

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MEP Bogdan Wenta hosted past Tuesday, 5 June, 2018 the High-Level Panel "Time to act for Europe against sports manipulations" in the European Parliament in Brussels. The first key note speech was delivered by Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. He emphasised the importance for fairness in sport which is the key for fair societies and can be a catalysator for democracy. Among the panel participants were Krasen Kralev, Bulgarian Minister of Youth and Sports, the Slovenian Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Maja Makovec Brenčič and Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

Keynote speeches were followed by an exchange of views delivered a.o. by International Olympic Committee, UEFA and Interpol. A milestone of the past years in the fight against sport manipulations has been the Macolin Convention (Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions). All stakeholders emphasized the need for promotion and implementation of the Convention.

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