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27 January 2017

INTERPOL’s Project Stadia and Council of Europe meet on major event security

LYON, France – A meeting between the Council of Europe’s Secretariat of Sport Conventions and INTERPOL's Project Stadia provided an opportunity to review security issues connected to major public events.

Areas of discussion at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters focused on cooperation between both organizations on safeguarding major sports and other public events, best practices to mitigate potential threats, as well as safety and security training.

Enhancing major event security through INTERPOL’s global policing capabilities was also on the agenda during the visit, as was the Council of Europe’s Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and other Sports Events.

The meeting was held under the auspices of INTERPOL's Project Stadia, funded by Qatar, and which supports its Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy in its preparations for the 2022 FIFA world cup, as well as other INTERPOL member countries preparing to host major events.

The project also seeks to create a centre of excellence with a repository of best practices to help INTERPOL member countries plan and implement security preparations for major sports events.             

As part of Project Stadia’s efforts to develop partnerships with national and international institutions, the Council of Europe participates in the project’s annual expert group meetings on the key themes of legislation, physical security and cybersecurity.

Project Stadia represents INTERPOL at meetings of the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence, to which the world police body was granted observer status in January 2016.

In April of this year Qatar will host in Doha the 1st International Major Event Security Conference involving key decision-makers, experts and practitioners from around the world, under the aegis of Project Stadia.

Sergey Khrychikov, Head of Sport Conventions, Council of Europe