The international anti-doping community is soon to convene in Bucharest
Under the aegis of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, on 6-8 May 2019 Romania will host two key international expert meetings in the field of anti-doping: the 46th meeting of the Ad hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA) and the 50th meeting of the Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention. The events held in Bucharest are coordinated by the Division of Sports Conventions within the Council of Europe in cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Government through the Romanian National Anti-Doping Agency.
The two events will bring together around 100 officials representing a large number of national anti-doping organizations as well as strategic stakeholders in the prevention of and fight against doping in sport: the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee and international sports bodies. Both events will take place in the “Avram Iancu” conference hall in the Palace of the Parliament.
At the opening session scheduled to start on Monday May 6th at 9:30, the Government of Romania will be represented at the highest level by Minister Toni Grebla, General Secretary of the Romanian Government, Mr. Adrian Mladinoiu, State Secretary within the General Secretariat of the Romanian Government and Mrs. Daniela Cota, State Advisor for youth and sport to the Prime-Minister of Romania.
CAHAMA means the Ad Hoc Ad hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency and brings together a number of experts responsible for coordinating the positions of States parties to the European Cultural Convention the position of signatory states of the European Cultural Convention. The mission of the Committee is to examine the issues concerning relations between the Council of Europe, its Member States and WADA, and to decide on a common position, when possible, on these issues. If necessary, the Committee may ask for opinions for the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on these issues, including the budgetary elements. Not least, the Committee periodically revise the mandate of members of the WADA Foundation Board appointed by the Council of Europe.
The CAHAMA is made up exclusively of States parties to the European Cultural Convention. Each State nominates its delegate, who can be a high official from a national ministry or the national anti-doping authority. The CAHAMA meetings are three times per year prior to the WADA Foundation Board and Executive Committee meetings every May, September and November. Each country has one vote.
The Monitoring Group
The Monitoring Group is the body in charge of monitoring the implementation of the Anti-Doping Convention of the Council of Europe. As part of its international cooperation on doping issues, its activities involve working with the World Anti-Doping Agency and the international sports federations. The main mission of the Monitoring Group is to make sure the treaty is respected by the States parties. To this end, it produces reports on the implementation of the Convention and organises consultative and evaluation visits. It can also go into some provisions in more depth by drawing up recommendations. Moreover, the Monitoring Group updates the list of banned doping substances and methods (in annex to the Convention) every year in response to the ever evolving doping techniques.
The local framework
In Romania, the domestic legal framework relevant to the ratification of the Anti-Doping Convention of the Council of Europe consists in Law no. 171/1998 for the ratification of the Convention against Doping. The Convention provides the legal context in which governments can address specific anti-doping areas through legislation, regulations, policies or administrative approaches. It helps to formalize global anti-doping rules and policies, among other things by ensuring the effectiveness of the World Anti-Doping Code.