Published: May 19, 2019

GLMS highly welcomes the entry into force of the Macolin Convention

On May 16 Switzerland became the 5th state that ratified the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions

On May 16 Switzerland became the 5th state that ratified the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions, following the ratifications of Norway, Portugal, Ukraine and Moldova. The Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, also known as the Macolin Convention, will now officially enter into force on 1 September 2019. 

GLMS highly welcomes this development and looks forward to the official entry into force on 1 September. The Macolin Convention is the only legally-binding instrument in the domain, covering all relevant topics (incl. national and international cooperation, sharing of information, national platforms, criminal provisions, whistle-blowers protection, education and prevention, conflict of interests measures against illegal sports betting). Its implementation will be of pivotal importance for keeping sport safe, credible and inspirational! GLMS along EL and WLA have since the beginning fully supported the Council of Europe towards its efforts to promote the Convention and support states with the implementation of its provisions, via the Keep Crime out of Sport – KCOOS+ project.

Beyond the ratification of Switzerland, Croatia and San Marino signed the convention at a special ceremony in Helsinki on 16 May alongside the annual session of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. A total of 37 countries, including Australia, have now signed the convention, while others have also expressed their interest. At the same time, the ratification of the Convention by Italy was on 17 May published in the Official Gazzete and will become official as soon as the Council of Europe receives the ratification instrument via the diplomatic channels.

The Convention shall now officially enter into force on 1 September and as per article 30-31 of the Convention, the Council of Europe shall within one year from the ratification convene the Convention Follow-Up Committee. With this in mind and in view of the upcoming Education, Youth, Culture and Sport (EYCS) Council Meeting of the EU, the Danish Delegation via an information note it has shared calls upon the EU and EU member States to be part of the Follow-Up Committee from the beginning. The issue will be discussed under the AOB item of the next Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council meeting on 22 and 23 May 2019.

About GLMS (

GLMS is the state lotteries’ mutualized monitoring system on sports betting. It aims at detecting and analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a sport competition. Building on six years of experience with the establishment in 2009 of ELMS with European Lotteries, GLMS went global in January 2015 extending the network to other continents. GLMS facilitates the sharing of sports betting information as part of the collective efforts of its members in ensuring sports integrity globally, and is dedicated to effective cooperation with all key stakeholders: regulators, law enforcement authorities, sports organizations. 

GLMS currently has 32 individual Members from 4 continents (Österreichische Lotterien - Austria, Loterie Nationale – Belgium, Hrvatska Lutrija – Croatia, SAZKA – Czech Republic, Danske Spil – Denmark, Veikkaus – Finland, La Française Des Jeux – France, Staatliche Loterieverwaltung in Bayern – Germany, Opap SA – Greece, Szerencsejatek – Hungary, Islenk Getspa – Iceland, Israel Sports Betting Board - Israel, Lottomatica – Italy, Sisal – Italy, Maltco Lotteries Ltd – Malta, Norsk Tipping – Norway, Santa Casa De Misericordia da Lisboa – Portugal, STOLOTO – Russia, Sportna Loterija – Slovenia, Svenska Spel – Sweden, Loterie Romande – Switzerland, Swisslos – Switzerland, Nederlandse Loterij, the Netherlands, Hong Kong Jockey Club – Hong Kong, Singapore Pools – Singapore, Ktoto Co – South Korea, China Sports Lottery – China, Loto-Québec- Canada, Polla Chilena de Beneficencia – Chile, Banca de Quinielas de Montevideo – Uruguay, La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports, Morocco, Loterie Nationale du Sénégal – Senegal) and 2 collective Members (European Lotteries Association and World Lottery Association).
GLMS has 2 associate Members: Scientific Games International (SGI), INTRALOT


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