Code of Ethics


Code of Ethics




According to Article 2 – Objects and Aims of EUROSAF’s Constitution, the aims of EUROSAF are:

2.2.b) To promote fair play and other ethical values in sport and to fight against all forms of doping;

2.2.c) To fight against any discrimination, be it based on race, colour, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other.

According to Article 3 – Relationship with World Sailing:

3.1. EUROSAF recognises World Sailing as the world authority of the sport of sailing.

3.2. EUROSAF is the Affiliate Continental Member of World Sailing responsible for fostering sailing in Europe and will fulfil and maintain the obligations that entails.

As an affiliate member to World Sailing, EUROSAF, in its activities related to World Sailing, must comply with the rules and obligations set by World Sailing upon its members, including the World Sailing Code of Ethics and all its related regulations. 

As a principal actor in European sport and following the basic principles set out in its Constitution, EUROSAF states firmly its commitment to maintaining the highest level of ethics compliance and therefore adopts, for its internal activities, a code of ethics based on the principles and rules of the IOC Code of Ethics. 


Article 1

1.1. Respect for the universal fundamental ethical principles is the foundation of EUROSAF ethical commitment. These include:

a. Respect for the sporting spirit, which requires mutual understanding and respect with an attitude of friendship, solidarity, and fair play.

b. Respect for the principle of the universality and political neutrality of sport.

c. Maintaining harmonious relations with state authorities, while respecting the principle of autonomy.

d. Respect for international conventions on protecting human rights insofar as they apply to sport activities and which ensure in particular:

  • Respect for human dignity; 
  • Rejection of discrimination of any kind on whatever grounds, be it race, colour, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status;
  • Rejection of all forms of harassment and abuse, be it physical, mental, professional, or sexual, and any physical or mental injuries.

e. Ensuring the participants’ conditions of safety, wellbeing, and medical care favourable to their physical and mental development and equilibrium.


Article 2

2.1. EUROSAF parties must use due care and diligence in fulfilling their mission. At all times, they must act with the highest degree of integrity, and particularly when taking decisions, they must act with impartiality, objectivity, independence, and professionalism. They must refrain from any act involving fraud or corruption. They must not act in a manner likely to tarnish the reputation of the sport of sailing, EUROSAF, World Sailing, or any Executive Board member.

Article 3

3.1. EUROSAF parties or their representatives must not, directly or indirectly, solicit, accept, or offer any form of remuneration or commission, nor any concealed benefit or service of any nature, connected with EUROSAF events and activities.

Article 4

4.1. Only tokens of consideration or friendship of nominal value, in accordance with prevailing local customs, may be given or accepted by EUROSAF or third parties. Such tokens may not lead to the impartiality and integrity of EUROSAF parties being called into question. Any other form of token, object, or benefit constitutes a gift that may not be accepted, but must be passed on to the organisation of which the beneficiary is a member.

Article 5

5.1. For hospitality shown to EUROSAF parties, as well as those accompanying them, a sense of measure must be respected.

Article 6

6.1. EUROSAF parties must refrain from placing themselves in any conflict of interests and must respect any regulation enacted to that effect.

Article 7

7.1.  EUROSAF Members, members of the Executive Board, members of EUROSAF consulting bodies, the auditors, and any person or entity depending upon EUROSAF or acting on its behalf are considered EUROSAF parties. Elected or appointed EUROSAF parties shall sign a declaration whereby they agree to be bound by the present Code.


Article 8

8.1. EUROSAF parties shall commit to combat all forms of cheating and shall continue to undertake all the necessary measures to ensure the integrity of sailing competitions.

Article 9

9.1.  EUROSAF parties must respect the provisions of the World Anti-Doping Code and of the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions.

Article 10

10.1. All forms of participation in, or support for betting related to EUROSAF events and all forms of promotion of betting related to EUROSAF events are prohibited.

Article 11

11.1. Participants in EUROSAF events must not, by any manner whatsoever, manipulate the course or result of a competition, or any part thereof, in a manner contrary to sporting ethics, infringe the principle of fair play, or show unsporting conduct.


Article 12

12.1. All EUROSAF parties must respect the Basic Universal Principles of Good Governance of the Olympic and Sports Movement, in particular transparency, responsibility, and accountability.

Article 13

13.1. EUROSAF resources of EUROSAF parties must be used only for EUROSAF-approved purposes.

Article 14

14.1. The income and expenditure of EUROSAF parties must be recorded in their accounts in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. An auditor independent from management shall check these accounts. 

14.2.  When EUROSAF gives financial support to EUROSAF parties:

a. The use of these EUROSAF resources for EUROSAF-approved purposes must be clearly
demonstrated in the accounts.

b. The accounts of EUROSAF parties may be subjected to auditing by an expert designated by the EUROSAF Executive Board. 

Article 15

15.1. EUROSAF parties recognise the significant contribution that broadcasters, sponsors, partners, and other supporters make to the development and prestige of the sailing sport. However, such supporters must not interfere in the running of sports organisations. EUROSAF parties shall be watchful against such interference, active or otherwise.


Article 16

16.1. All persons involved in any proceedings as provided for in Article 18 shall strictly respect the principle of confidentiality in all their activities.


Article 17

17.1. EUROSAF parties shall inform the Secretary General or any other member of the Executive Board, in the strictest confidentiality and by using the appropriate mechanisms, of any information related to a violation of the present Code, with a view to a possible referral to an ad hoc Ethics Commission.

17.2. Any disclosure of information must not be for personal gain or benefit, nor be undertaken maliciously to damage the reputation of any person or organisation.


Article 18

18.1. In accordance with Article 24.2.d of the Constitution, the Executive Board establishes an ad hoc Ethics Commission to implement the present Code when a violation or suspected violation is reported by a third party or known by one of its members.

18.2. If the violation or suspected violation concerns a member of the Executive Board, this member shall not take part in any proceedings provided for in this article, without prejudice to their right to make representations or to appeal any decision in accordance with Articles 38.3 and 38.4 of the Constitution.

18.3. The chair of the Legal Committee is the chair of the ad hoc Ethics Commission, unless the reported violation or suspected violation concerns a member of the Legal Committee, in which case the chair is nominated by the President.

18.4. The role of the ad hoc Ethics Commission is to ascertain the violation of the present Code and refer its findings to the Executive Board. In such a role it has as ample capability as needed to gather and request information of any kind from EUROSAF parties.

18.5. The ad hoc Ethics Commission may set out provisions for the implementation of the present Code as regulations proposals, subject to the approval by the Executive Board in accordance with Article 24.2.i of the Constitution.

18.6. Once the ad hoc Ethics Commission has examined the violation or suspected violation of the present Code and reported its findings to the Executive Board, it shall be disbanded.

18.7. Upon reporting of the findings by the ad hoc Ethics Commission, the Executive Board may launch an internal disciplinary procedure under Article 38 of the Constitution or refer the violators to World Sailing’s Compliance Officer, to the World Anti-Doping Agency, or to law enforcement authorities.

Article 19

19.1. The EUROSAF Office is available to the ad hoc Ethics Commission in its role to implement the present Code.