Russia endorsed the Convention of the COE on security at sporting events

© RIA Novosti / Evgeny to Kumaripati in Photobacterium the Luzhniki stadium. Archival photoRussia endorsed the Convention of the COE on security at sporting events© RIA Novosti / Evgeny to Kumaripati the image Bank

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree, according to which the Council of Europe Convention for a uniform approach to security at sporting events, including football matches, will be sent to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin for ratification to the state Duma, the document is published on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers on Saturday.

«Approve and submit to the President of the Russian Federation for subsequent introduction for ratification to the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation the Council of Europe Convention on a common approach to security, protection and services during sports events and in particular at football matches signed on behalf of the Russian Federation in Saint-Denis 3 Jul 2016», — the document says.

The draft document prepared by the ministries of foreign Affairs and of sports of Russia. Currently, the Convention has been signed by 23 States, ratified by Monaco and France. The Convention shall enter into force when three member of the Council of Europe will agree to be bound by its application.

The purpose of this Convention is the improvement of international cooperation in the field of safety of spectators during sports competitions, especially football matches, as well as reducing the probability of making citizens or groups of citizens acts of violence or organization of public disorder. Provides for the establishment of the Committee on safety and security at sport events.

For the implementation of the Convention in 2016 was made necessary changes in the legislation of the Russian Federation, adopted relevant regulatory legal acts. In 2015 the MIA of Russia established a national football information point.