EU law enforcers, Europol and the Global Monitoring Lottery System (GLMS) have joined forces to target sport competition manipulations and related organised crime investigations.

On the 15 November 2018, the two establishments signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Europol’s HQ based in the Hague, Amsterdam.

The agreement sees both parties share information and be in constant consultation regarding sports match fixing and organised crime within the system.

Moreover, the partnership allows the companies to run joint activities and to apply relevant projects to schemes notably in sectors such as education and capacity building.

GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi portrayed his delight to consolidate the relationship with Europol by praising both companies. He said: “Europol has played a significant role in recent years in the fight against organised crime involved in sport competitions manipulations with concrete results in relevant investigations.

“We have always valued their experience and innovative investigative approach. Thanks to our global monitoring platform and network, we are confident that GLMS can support Europol effectively leveraging the ‘glocal’ nature of our association with global presence and local intelligence.”

Europol Deputy Executive Director of Operations, Wil van Gemert, mirrored the enthusiasm shown by Calvi. He added: “With organised crime infiltrating sport, the phenomenon of sport competition manipulations is unfortunately an active threat to EU citizens.

“Europol has been taking this matter very seriously and has successfully supported far-reaching investigations over the past years. We are delighted to count on the relationship with GLMS, which thanks to its strong global network and local presence will further support us in this challenging task.”

Europol supports the 28 EU Member States in their fight against terrorism, cybercrime and other serious organised forms of crime. With the help of GLMS’ detection and analysis of suspicious betting activities, Europol can thus strengthen their efforts to reduce the volume of match fixing.

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