Signing the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions was the formal kick-off for building and structuring a solid foundation for the future National Platform Austria. Following a request by its Ministry of Sport, Austria’s Council of Ministers decided in January to sign up to the Council of Europe’s Convention on Manipulation of Sports Competitions. The Convention was officially signed by Austrian Minister of Sport Hans Peter Doskozil on 2 June 2016, as part of an international conference being held in Vienna. At the joint press conference of the Ministry of Sport and the Play Fair Code on February 27th 2017, Austrian Minister of Sport Hans Peter Doskozil confirmed his clear commitment to the Play Fair Code as well as to the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions. Two milestones for the integrity of Austrian sport.
Upon the invitation of Viktoria Slavkova, chairwoman of the WG for sports of the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency, CEO Severin Moritzer participated at the informal meeting of the EU Sport Directors in Sofia in mid-June.
As part of this year's summer team clothing for the World Cup athletes of the Austrian Skiing Federation, the Play Fair Code held training and awareness sessions about integrity in sport, match-fixing and betting fraud.