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Qatar Prepares to Join European Council’s ‘St Denis’ Convention

Council of Europe

A delegation from Qatar participated in the recent meet of the Standing Committee of the Council of Europe on Spectator Violence. The delegation was headed by Brigadier Ibrahim Khalil Al Mohannadi from the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

The delegation held a meeting on the sidelines of the Standing Committee meet with the special team managing the Qatar bid of the European Council. The meeting discussed the advanced steps taken in the road map, adopted in preparation for Qatar joining the Council of Europe Convention on Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events, known as the St Denis Convention. This replaces the Convention on Spectator Violence by end of this year, with Qatar expected to become a member of the Council of Europe.

Through this partnership, Qatar seeks to develop standards following international requirements related to services for hosting of World Cup 2022. The partnership also aims to join the European Council Convention Against Doping in Sport.

This collaboration comes within the framework of the Council of Europe’s efforts to forge partnerships with countries hosting major sporting events, and through which the Council will provide support. The most recent cooperation was with the Organising Committee of World Cup Russia 2018.

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