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Sport and integrity

The Commission's policies aim to ensure proper governance is in place for maintaining transparency and fairness for all sports people and athletic organisations.

Commission policies for integrity in Sport

Cross-border concerns such as doping and match-fixing are addressed alongside policies regulating team transfers, which must adhere to EU principles of equal treatment and free movement.

Objectives in this area include

  • raise the standards of governance in the sports sector to promote democracy, transparency, accountability
  • combat match-fixing and promote the fair regulation of sport at all levels
  • promote legislation combatting doping in sport, to provide an even playing field for all athletes
  • ensure the free movement of amateur and professional sportspeople in line with internal market principles
  • develop rules on the transfer of players that preserve integrity and prevent exploitation

These priorities are broken down into six fields of action

  • good governance
  • match-fixing
  • free movement of sports people
  • combatting violence
  • discrimination
  • corruption
  • safeguarding of minors

Commission activities to promote integrity

The Erasmus+ programme focuses heavily on the principles of fair play. It addresses threats to the integrity of European and global sport and promotes good governance.

Cooperation between the EU and key international bodies such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Council of Europe is also key to tackle cross-border issues such as gambling, corruption and match-fixing.