Council of Europe (COE)
Council of Europe (COE) is Europe's oldest and most extensive political cooperation and human rights organisation. Its Anti-Doping Convention has been ratified by states and promotes the national and international harmonisation of antidoping activity. The contracting countries must create the preconditions for antidoping work in their respective countries.
The Council of Europe's Anti-Doping Convention was signed in 1989. Currently, it has been ratified by approximately 50 countries.
Implementation of the Council of Europe's Anti-Doping Convention
The Council of Europe's Anti-Doping Convention provides common standards and requires the contracting countries to take certain legislative, financial, technical and educational measures. Significant work has been carried out within the scope of the Council of Europe's Convention by supporting the European states in developing antidoping systems and by preparing European countries' shared views of the activities and standards of WADA.
The realisation of the Council of Europe's Anti-Doping Convention is monitored by regularly assessing the contracting countries' antidoping systems. The monitoring assesses legislative, scientific and educational questions as well as the implementation of doping control.
The Council of Europe Convention and its monitoring system have been the model for the global UNESCO Convention. It can also be signed by non-European countries. Australia and Tunisia are two examples of countries that have in fact ratified it. Finland holds the vice-chair position in the monitoring group in 2015–2016.