Work Plan for Sport 2011-2014
In order to strengthen European cooperation in sport, the Council adopts a series of specific actions to be implemented by the Commission and the European Union (EU) countries during the period 2011-2014.
Resolution of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council, on a European Union Work Plan for Sport for 2011-2014 [OJ C 162 of 1.6.2011].
The Treaty of Lisbon made sport a European Union (EU) area of competency, in which it can support, coordinate and complement the actions of its Member States. By promoting sustainable, smart and inclusive growth, and job creation, sport also contributes to the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy. Furthermore, it has a positive effect on social inclusion, education, training, public health and active ageing.
In order to develop the European dimension in sport, the Council approves a 3-year work plan detailing the actions to be implemented by Member States and the Commission.
Three priority themes are identified and accompanied by actions for the period 2011-2014:
- The integrity of sport, in particular the fight against doping and match-fixing. The actions defined to this end are:
- prepare draft EU comments to the revision of the World Anti-Doping Agency's world anti-doping code;
- develop a European dimension of the integrity of sport with the focus on the fight against match-fixing;
- develop principles of transparency concerning good governance and organisation of sport;
- address the issues identified related to access to and to supervision of the profession of sport agents and to transfers in team sports (in particular the issue of the transfer of young players).
Social values of sport, in particular health, social inclusion, education and volunteering. The following actions must be carried out:
- prepare a proposal for European guidelines on ‘dual careers’ aimed at ensuring that young athletes receive quality education alongside their sports training;
- follow up on the inclusion of sport-related certificates in national qualifications frameworks with reference to the European Qualifications Framework;
- explore ways to promote health enhancing physical activity and participation in grassroots sport.
Economic aspects of sport, in particular sustainable financing of sports and evidence-based policy making. Two actions are defined in this respect:
- promote data collection to measure the economic benefits of the EU sport sector;
- strengthen financial solidarity mechanisms between professional sport and grassroots sport.
Implementation of the Work Plan will be supported by expert groups created by the Commission and the EU countries in the following areas: anti-doping; good governance in sport; education and training in sport; sport, health and participation; sport statistics and sustainable financing of sport.
The Commission will collaborate with the sports movement and competent organisations at national, European and international levels. It will submit a report by the end of 2013 evaluating the implementation of the Work Plan.