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Sport and integrity

The goal of the European Commission is to ensure proper governance is in place, to maintain transparency and fairness for all sports people and athletic organisations.

Policies for integrity

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

The objectives in this area are to

  • raise the standards of governance in the sports sector to promote democracy, transparency and accountability
  • combat match-fixing and promote the fair regulation of sport at all levels
  • combat doping in sport to ensure an even playing-field for all participants
  • 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 the following fields of action

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

Promoting integrity

The Erasmus+ programme focuses 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 international bodies such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Council of Europe is essential to tackle cross-border issues such as gambling, corruption and match-fixing.

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