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The Council of Europe and sports

The European ministers who are responsible for sports also hold regular formal conferences in the Council of Europe: Brussels 1975, London 1978, Palma de Mallorca 1981, Malta 1984, Dublin 1986, Reykjavik 1989, Rhodes 1992, Lisbon 1994, Bratislava 2000, Budapest 2004, Moscow 2006, Athens 2008, Baku 2010, Belgrade 2012, Magglingen 2014, Budapest 2016. The most recent meeting of ministers took place in October 2018 in Georgia.


The Anti-Doping Convention of the Council of Europe was adopted in 1989. The Additional Protocol, which came into effect on 1 April 2004, provides for the mutual recognition of doping controls and allows the investigators of the signatory states to carry out unannounced checks in another country. In addition, it facilitates the cooperation of states with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In order to monitor adherence to the provisions of the Convention, it has appointed a group of observers known as the Monitoring Group. This group and a number of sub-groups with experts also have the task of monitoring developments in the field of doping. To ensure coordination between the Council of Europe and WADA, the Ad-Hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA) was established.