Brussels, 11 May 2009
EU Conference on Anti-Doping in
Following a proposal from the European Parliament
and with the support of the City of Athens the European Commission is organising
an EU Conference on Anti-Doping. The Conference will take place in Athens on 13
to 15 May. Representatives of EU sport governmental authorities will meet with
key stakeholders involved in the fight against doping, including national
anti-doping organisations (NADOs) of the EU Member states, accredited
laboratories in Member States, the Council of Europe, the World Anti-Doping
Agency (WADA), athlete trade unions and sport academics. They will discuss
topics where the EU can provide added value by complementing the action of other
actors at International, European and national level.
The conference is part of the European Commission's contribution to the fight
against doping, and follows the implementation of the so-called Pierre de
Coubertin Action Plan which is contained in the Commission's 2007 White
Paper on Sport (COM (2007) 391).
Three workshops have been designed to offer a framework for relevant,
practice-based discussions on topics which are currently being debated widely at
European and worldwide levels:
- A workshop on Data Protection will deal with data protection issues
in relation to relevant EU legislation and the recent discussions and
developments in this area. The Commission hopes that the workshop will
contribute to building bridges between anti-doping specialists and data
protection specialists, as indeed compliance with the relevant rules is
monitored by Member States’ national data protection authorities. This
workshop will provide a first opportunity to discuss the implications of the
decision by WADA on 9 May to adopt a revised International Standard for the
Protection of Privacy (ISPP) to bring it into line with EU law.
- A second workshop will deal with the need and possibilities for
cooperation between anti-doping structures and the pharmaceutical
industry. The topic will be introduced in the plenary session by the
Government of France and the discussion will focus on the possibilities to
extend this type of cooperation to the European level.
- Laboratory Workshop: the third workshop will offer delegates from
WADA-accredited laboratories located in the EU an opportunity to discuss issues
of common interest. The Commission is happy to offer accredited laboratories and
other interested delegates this opportunity for an exchange of information and
opinions in an EU framework.
The conclusions of the conference will
outline concrete outcomes in these areas. Journalists are invited to follow the
opening session, which will take place on Wednesday 13 May at 17h00 in the
presence of Mr Dimitris AVRAMOPOULOS, Minister of Health and Mr Giannis
IOANNIDIS, the Greek Deputy Minister for Sport. That session will be followed by
a press conference.