Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), the monitoring system used by state lotteries to combat sports-related corruption, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Europe’s law enforcement agency Europol.
The agreement will see the two entities share information and collaborate on issues related to sports integrity and organised crime, as well as education and capacity building.
“We are delighted to consolidate our long-lasting and fruitful relationship with Europol and strengthen our joint efforts,” said GLMS president Ludovico Calvi. “Europol has played a significant role in recent years in the fight against organised crime involved in sport competitions manipulation 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, commented: “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. Most importantly, with this agreement, we send out an important message to organised criminal groups that law enforcement and private actors like the lottery sector stand united in combating organised crime and safeguarding the integrity of sports and the values of European society.”