Earlier today, the State of Qatar signed a bilateral agreement (2018-2020) of technical co-operation with the Council of Europe.
The €600,000 agreement – under the terms of the European Convention on Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports events, known as the ‘St Denis Convention,’ aims to fulfil standards relative to safety, security and service.
This would enable the country to accede to the convention and assist its preparations for hosting important events, such as the IAAF Athletics World Championships in 2019 in Doha and the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Council of Europe standards and best practices in this field will be essential for this capacity-building action consisting of fact finding visits, comparative analysis of legal frameworks, information seminars and workshops strengthening safety management, international police co-operation and dialogue with supporters.
The budget allocated is of 600,000 EUR.
The Council of Europe’s Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni and Qatar Representative to the Council of Europe, Brigadier Ibrahim Al Mohannadi, on behalf of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), signed the agreement in the ceremony organised at the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg.
“The Council of Europe’s unique legal instruments are pivotal in today’s sports’ world,” said Battaini-Dragoni. “We are glad that our normative action is considered so relevant by the State of Qatar, in order to expand a common legal space in this field. This project will contribute to enhance sustainability for sport safety, security and service at important events.”
Brigadier Ibrahim Al Mohannadi said: “The safety and security of all participants of the FIFA World Cup Qatar is of the utmost importance to us. By working closely with the Council of Europe and its member countries, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy can deliver on a unified approach to safety, security, and servicing during the tournament”.