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Background Reading To LIAISE
The 2016 Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events played a key role in the conception of the LIAISE project. The second training and education event, held in Sofia on 10-11 December 2018, focused entirely on the Convention and its implications for the SLO work in the partner countries and beyond. [Can you insert a link to the piece on the website, please?] It also formed the basis for the intellectual outputs produced at the end of the project.
The Convention builds upon the work done internationally since the adoption of the European Convention on Spectator Violence in 1985. The principal aim of this Convention is to go from a violence-focused approach towards an integrated approach based on three independent pillars: safety, security and service.
As such, the Convention forms a key part of the work undertaken by SD Europe’s SLO team, which since 2016 has had observer status on the Committee on Safety and Security at Sports Events (formerly known as the Standing Committee on Spectator Violence), whose main purpose is to monitor the application of the 2016 convention through a programme of consultative visits to the state parties. In this capacity, SD Europe representatives take part in the visits, offering expert advice on supporter liaison topics and providing recommendations for the reports submitted to the host state on completion of the visit. We also serve in related working groups, such as the UEFA 2020 Working Group, where we promote the SLO role at national team level.