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Lottery community calls for global action as Macolin Convention historically enters into force

The Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, also known as the Macolin Convention, entered into force on 1 September 2019. Launched in 2014, the Convention is the only legally-binding international treaty promoting global co-operation to tackle the manipulation of sports competitions. It covers all topics relative to the fight against match-fixing including: national and international cooperation; the sharing of information; national platforms; criminal provisions; whistle-blowers protection; education and prevention; conflicts of interest; and measures against illegal sports betting. The document is addressed to governments and even non-European states may be signatories.

On the occasion of the Convention’s entering into force, the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), a ThinkSport member, together with the World Lottery Association (WLA) and The European Lotteries Association (EL) have called on countries around the world to sign and ratify the Macolin Convention as soon as possible. 

Since the conceptualisation and drafting phase of the Convention, the global lottery community – through GLMS, the WLA, and EL – has fully supported the initiative and assisted the Council of Europe in its efforts to promote the Convention and support states with the implementation of its provisions. 

Click here to read the full press release issued by GLMS.