Council of Europe and EU organise ProS4 Balkan Conference on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football in Bucharest

The Council of Europe and the European Union, in co-operation with the Romanian Gendarmerie, brought policymakers and practitioners from 12 countries to Bucharest in mid-October to promote the new Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events and encourage them to translate best practice into their national legislation.

The conference…

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A range of stakeholders from across the Belgian football family gathered for a landmark SLO meeting in Brussels on 7 November.

The event was organised by the Jupiler Pro League and the Royal Belgian Football Association (URBSFA/KBVB) and attended by officials of the two governing bodies, club representatives, SLOs and supporters of various clubs.

The meeting heard Stijn Van Bever outline the Pro League vision of the role of SLOs in Belgium. Speaking on behalf of the Football Cell at the Ministry…

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“We must all commit to embracing the principle of an integrated multi-agency approach and take the steps necessary to demonstrate it in practice – not just for high-profile matches, but as a matter of routine.”

With these words UEFA Executive Committee member and UEFA Stadium and Security Committee vice-chairman František Laurinec greeted more than 300 participants at the 2016/17 UEFA-EU Stadium and Security Conference in Bucharest earlier this month.

Mr Laurinec added: “It is our responsibility to ensure that supporters can enjoy a…

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Taking advantage of the second leg of the Europa League play-off between KF Shkëndija and KAA Gent in Skopje, the Football Federation of Macedonia (FFM) organised a bilateral meeting with Gent SLO Dirk Vos, who represents Belgium in the European SLO network. The meeting was also attended by Alexandar Misevski representative of Ultras FC Pelister.

In spite of the differences between the two countries, the SLO principles remain the same and meetings such as these offer those attending a perfect opportunity to…

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The recent UEFA Europa League qualifying match between HJK and IFK Gothenburg in Helsinki presented a great opportunity for a bilateral exchange of experiences on the role of the SLO.

Two days of discussions began on matchday -1 when Ville Nylund, event manager and SLO coordinator of the Football Association of Finland (FAF), met with the Christian Olsson, a member of IFK’s SLO team, to talk about the SLO work in Gothenburg and Sweden as a whole with a view to…

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Jens Volke, one of seven SLOs at Borussia Dortmund, has announced his departure from the club’s SLO team to join the media department.

A former leader of the Dortmund ultras group The Unity, Jens had been in the post for more than eight years.

Jens made an important contribution to the development of the SLO project at European level, especially in its early stages, attending workshops for football associations and club SLOs in a number of countries to share his knowledge and experience with…

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The Georgian Football Federation (GFF) organised the latest in a series of SLO workshops at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi on 1 August.

In presence of key stakeholders, including GFF vice-president Nika Jgarkava, other GFF officials, club directors, SLOs and safety officers, as well as government and police representatives, SD Europe/UEFA SLO project coordinator Stuart Dykes held presentations on the role of the SLO and the benefits of the collaboration between safety officers and SLOs. GFF SLO coordinator Bakar Jordania then…

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The meeting aimed to promote the exchange of experience in dealing with supporters.

On Tuesday, July 19, The Latvian Football Federation (LFF) and the Latvian Football League (LFV-SynotTip Virsliga) organised a training seminar for top tier clubs with the support of SD Europe. The event focused on the exchange of experience in dealing with supporters and a variety of marketing and public relation tools. It was organised to coincide with the presence of FC Salzburg SLO Georg Rieger for the UEFA…

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Apart from the regular standard training, education and strategy meetings, 2015/16 saw a number of developments of landmark importance in the evolution of the SLO project.

In January 2016 SD Europe were awarded observer status on the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence (TR-V) for a renewable period of three years. And towards the end of the season SD Europe organised, with the support of UEFA, the inaugural European SLO network meeting in Sweden.

In another key development, the Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) completed a series of visits…

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The Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events was signed by 14 states at a ceremony held at the Stade de France on Sunday 3 July.

The 14 signatory states are Bulgaria, France, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland and Ukraine. The Convention will enter into force on ratification by three signatory states.

“It’s an opportune moment, with preparations under way for the 2018 FIFA World…

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