The Council of Europe and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions sign joint statement in support of preventing racism and discrimination

The Council of Europe in Strasbourg and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia (United States) signed a joint statement against racism and the discrimination of people from different cultural backgrounds on October 31st, 2012. Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General, Council of Europe and Roland Mack, 2012 IAAPA Chairman signed the declaration together in Strasbourg.

Roland Mack: “Both organizations have been engaged in preventing racism for many years. It therefore was a logical step that we join forces and pursue that goal together intensively. For decades the Council of Europe has been exemplary concerning this socio-politically very important topic. We should take every opportunity to help people treat each other with respect. I would like to thank Secretary General Jagland, whose vision made this cooperation possible.”


The Strasbourg-based Council of Europe was founded by 10 member states on May 5th, 1949 to develop common and democratic principles throughout Europe, based upon the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals. Today, the Council of Europe encompasses almost all of Europe, with 47 member states, stretching from Iceland to Russia and representing more than 800 million people.


IAAPA was founded in 1918. The association represents the interests of its membership and also engages in the improvement of safety, marketing and economic success of its members. All member companies are strongly encouraged to comply with the highest possible standards for the leisure industry and to further develop these standards. The association provides comprehensive continuing education and training in all segments of the leisure industry. One million employees and approximately one billion visitors yearly worldwide are represented by IAAPA. There are 4.300 members in more than 90 countries, among them around 500 renowned amusement parks.


  • Roland Mack andThorbjørn Jagland sign the statement in Strasbourg