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IP/11/43

Brussels, 18 January 2011

Commission strengthens the European dimension of sport

The European Commission has adopted new proposals aimed at strengthening the societal, economic and organisational dimensions of sport. Athletes, sport organisations and citizens are expected to benefit from the plans, which flow from the EU's new role under the Lisbon Treaty to support and coordinate sport policy in the Member States. Action is foreseen in areas where challenges cannot be sufficiently dealt with at national level alone. The Commission's proposals follow a consultation with Member States and sport stakeholders and take account of the experience gained in implementing the 2007 White Paper on Sport. In 2009-2010 the Commission provided more than €6 million to support around 40 sport projects aimed at promoting health, social inclusion, volunteering, access for the disabled, gender equality and the fight against doping. Twelve new projects will be launched in 2011 (see annex).

Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "Sport is important for Europe's economy and a key component of its social model. The measures we have adopted today highlight sport's contribution to our society and will help improve the way sport is run."

The Commission's proposals, contained in a paper entitled "Developing the European Dimension in Sport", cover three main areas: the societal role of sport, its economic dimension, and the organisation of sport. Each chapter proposes actions to be carried out by the Commission and the Member States.

Regarding the societal role of sport, the paper proposes to:

  • Consider EU accession to the Anti-Doping Convention of the Council of Europe;

  • Develop European guidelines on combined sports training and general education;

  • Develop and implement security arrangements and safety requirements for international sport events;

  • Continue progress toward national guidelines based on the EU Physical Activity Guidelines;

  • Develop standards for accessibility of sport organisations, activities, events and venues through the European Disability Strategy;

  • Promote women's access to leadership positions in sport.

As concerns the economic dimension of sport the Commission calls for:

  • Sport associations to establish mechanisms for the collective selling of media rights to ensure adequate redistribution of revenues;

  • More focus on sport-related intellectual property rights;

  • Exchange of good practices for transparent and sustainable financing of sport;

  • Monitoring of the application of state aid law in the field of sport;

  • Full exploitation of sport-related aspects of the Structural Funds;

  • Work towards comparable statistical data on sport for all Member States.

On organisation of sport, the paper proposes to:

  • Promote good governance in sport while taking into account its specific nature;

  • Launch a study on transfer rules and provide guidance on that basis;

  • Issue guidance on how to reconcile EU rules on the free movement of citizens with the organisation of competitions in individual sports on a national basis;

  • Consider further action regarding the activities of sports agents;

  • Support social partners and sport organisations to create an EU-level social dialogue for the sport and leisure sector.

Next steps

The paper, or communication as it is known, will now be sent to the Council and European Parliament for discussion and follow-up in the Member States.

Lisbon Treaty and sport

Article 165 of the Lisbon Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union has granted the EU the mandate to support, coordinate and supplement sport policy initiatives of Member States. The Commission aims to enhance the European dimension of sport in close cooperation with Member States, sport organisations, civil society and citizens

To find out more:

Sport website: http://ec.europa.eu/sport/index_en.htm

Annex

Projects selected in 2010 to prevent doping in amateur sport and fitness, promote social inclusion, and foster volunteering in sport

a) Anti-doping projects on prevention measures targeting amateur sport, sport for all and fitness.

The following 3 projects were selected for funding:

Lead organisation

European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA)

Countries involved

BE, UK, DK(2), PL, HU, PT, BU, DL, NL, CH

Title

Fitness Against Doping

Objectives

Educate and inform fitness operators, club owners, and national associations on effective practice.

Maximum grant*

€ 225,000

Lead organisation

Deutsche Sportjugend im Deutschen Olympischen Sportbund, e.V. – German Sports Youth in German Olympic Sports Confederation

Countries involved

DE(3), AT(2), IT, SI, FR, CH

Title

The European Anti-Doping Initiative

Objectives

Create a transnational network to develop and encourage anti-doping education in organized sports.

Maximum grant*

€ 270,000

Lead organisation

Anti Doping Denmark (ADD)

Countries involved

DK, NL, SE(2), PL, CY

Title

Strategy for Stopping Steroids

Objectives

Fight doping in fitness centres.

Maximum grant*

€ 232,000

b) Promoting social inclusion of migrants and persons of foreign origin

The following 5 projects were selected for funding:

Lead organisation

Nederlands Instituut voor Sport en Bewegen (NISB)

Countries involved

NL, ES, UK(2), IT, DE, AT, IE

Title

Join in! Social inclusion of migrant youth through sport

Objectives

Network of policy makers, researchers and professionals who want to improve social inclusion of migrant youth through sports

Maximum grant*

€ 246,000

Lead organisation

De Rode Antraciet (The Red Anthracite) (DRA)

Countries involved

BE(6), FR, UK, ES, DK, RO

Title

Prisoners on the move!

Objectives

Build up the social competence of prisoners through sport; facilitating their reintegration of prisoners into the community.

Maximum grant*

€ 182,000

Lead organisation

European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO)

Countries involved

FI, BU, BE, FI, DE, NO, SI, AT, ES, HU, NL

Title

Creating a Level Playing Field

Objectives

Support sport organisations and other organisations working in the field to develop actions to promote social inclusion of migrants in and through sport.

Maximum grant*

€ 220,000

Lead organisation

Unione Italiana Sport Per tutti (UISP)

Countries involved

IT(7), ISCA-DK, AT, DE, ES(3), RO

Title

Migrants’ Inclusion Model through Sport for All (MIMoSA)

Objectives

Network between sport organizations, national and local authorities, universities to further social inclusion of migrants and other groups (refugees, asylum seekers, Roma, women refugees), based on sports.

Maximum grant*

€ 215,000

Lead organisation

Wiener Institut für internationalen Dialog und Zusammenarbeit

Countries involved

AT, DE, IT, FI, IE, HU, PT

Title

Sport Inclusion Network (SPIN)

Objectives

Involving migrants in mainstream sport institutions

Maximum grant*

€ 220,000

c) Promoting volunteering in sport

The following 4 projects were selected for funding:

Lead organisation

Association for the European Capital of Sport (ACES)

Countries involved

IT, ES (2), IT(2), IE, UK(2), BE, RO

Title

European Cities for Volunteering in Sport

Objectives

Use the experience in supporting volunteering of the cities and towns of the ACES network in order to define best practices and to disseminate them at European level, to sport organizations, cities and towns, local, national and European administrations and policy-makers.

Maximum grant*

€ 180,000

Lead organisation

Vlaamse Sportfederatie (VSF): Dynamo Project

Countries involved

BE, CZ, UK, FI(2), CY, EL, SK, HU, DE

Title

PROMOTING and securing volunteering in sport

Objectives

Foster exchanges of best practices regarding legal, fiscal, administrative, funding-related and other relevant aspects of managing voluntary sports clubs within the EU by voluntary board members.

Maximum grant*

€ 165,000

Lead organisation

International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA)

Countries involved

DK, FR(2), NO, UK(2), IE, IT, DE, CZ, EE, DK, CZ, LV, NL, SI

Title

EuroVolNet: A network for developing voluntary competence in sport organisations

Objectives

Foster exchange of best practices regarding legal, fiscal and funding related aspects of voluntary activity in sport.

Maximum grant*

€ 180,000

Lead organisation

Führungs-Akademie des Deutschen Olympischen Sportbundes e.V. (DOSB Leadership Academy)

Countries involved

DE, FR, UK(2), DK, BU, LT, IT, MT, AT

Title

Training 4 Volunteers

Objectives

Mapping Strategies and Good Practices of Human Resource Development for Volunteers in Sports Organisations in Europe.

Maximum grant*

€ 165,000

* rounded figure


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