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Security in connection with football matches with an international dimension

International football matches draw extremely large crowds, which has led the European Union (EU) to take measures to strengthen security in football stadiums. In 2002, the Council adopted this decision to facilitate the exchange of information among Member States’ police forces and responding to threats against public order and safety.

ACT

Council Decision 2002/348/JHA of 25 April 2002 concerning security in connection with football matches with an international dimension [See amending act(s)].

SUMMARY

Adopted on the initiative of the Kingdom of Belgium, this decision provides for a national football information centre to be set up and run by the police in each Member State. Member States must forward the details of their national centre to the General Secretariat of the Council. In addition, they must ensure that their national centre has the staff and technical equipment necessary to fulfil its duties effectively and rapidly.

The national football information centres are responsible for:

  • gathering, coordinating and exchanging strategic, operational and tactical information on football matches with an international dimension;
  • coordinating and organising cooperation between national police authorities;
  • risk assessment in respect of their own country's clubs and national team;
  • generic/thematic disorder assessments of their national football situation.

The national football information centre of the Member State organising the football event cooperates with the police force of the country concerned. All exchanged reports are kept on record for consultation by other interested national information centres. The national centre that provided the information must be consulted before any data is released.

The handbook for international police cooperation and measures to prevent and control violence and disorder around football matches provides the forms for the exchange of information.

The exchange of personal data must take place in accordance with the Convention of the Council of Europe of 28 January 1981 for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data.

National football information centres communicate in their national language, with a translation in a working language common to the parties concerned, unless they have arranged otherwise.

REFERENCES

Act Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Decision 2002/348/JHA

9.5.2002

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OJ L 121 of 8.5.2002

Amending act(s) Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Decision 2007/412/JHA

16.6.2007

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OJ L 155 of 15.6.2007

RELATED ACTS

Council Resolution of 4 December 2006 concerning an updated handbook with recommendations for international police cooperation and measures to prevent and control violence and disturbances in connection with football matches with an international dimension, in which at least one Member State is involved [Official Journal C 322 of 29.12.2006].

Council Resolution of 17 November 2003 on the use by Member States of bans on access to venues of football matches with an international dimension [Official Journal C 281 of 22.11.2003].

Last updated: 21.01.2010
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