5 October 2018 – FIFA and the Council of Europe have come together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen co-operation and partnership for shared interests . This agreement outlines four main areas of co-operation: Human Rights, Integrity and Good Governance in sport; Safety and Security at Football Matches; Mutual dialogue and Co-operation in view of Major Sport Events; and Institutional Co-operation to be achieved through the development of joint initiatives and co-ordination of operational activities and regular exchange of good practice.
In the framework of this partnership, the two organisations will address also the issue of sexual violence against children in football, using Council of Europe standards (Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, known as the “Lanzarote Convention”, which is widely considered to be the most advanced, comprehensive international legal instrument of this kind). The Council of Europe is also a member of FIFA’s Child Protection Working Group.
The CouncilofEurope #CoE is now signing a cooperation agreement with @FIFAcom to tackle #matchfixing #child #abuse and #doping in #sports. We will work together to promote safety and security at#Qatar2022 https://t.co/bYaZb5pW7D pic.twitter.com/tsh0T80cfc
— Daniel Holtgen (@CoESpokesperson) October 5, 2018
Pre-memorandum-signing press conference