Conference on the White Paper on Sports: participation of Ján Figel'

Type: News   Reference: I-055172   Duration: 10:03:13  Lieu:
End production: 08/10/2007   First transmission: 08/10/2007
The European Commission hosted a conference on the White Paper on Sports with the participation of sport stakeholders, like European Sport Federations, and umbrella organisations like the European Olympic Committees and European non-governmental sport organisations. The Commission wished to share its initial ideas, to seek views from the European sport movement and to analyse how to put them into practice. The White Paper aims at promoting sports and raising awareness about the specific characteristics of the sport sector in national and European policy-making.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the Albert Borschette building 00:00:06
10:00:11 Odile Quintin, Director-General of Education and Culture DG at the European Commission 00:00:07
10:00:18 Sport stakeholders attending the conference (7 shots) 00:00:42
10:01:00 Arrival of Ján Figel', Member of the EC in charge of Education, Training, Culture and Youth 00:00:13
10:01:13 General view of the conference 00:00:07
10:01:20 Ján Figel' (in ENGLISH) saying that the EC was very careful to respect subsidiarity; subsidiarity is one of the important principles for their action; he likes to say that "subsidiarity" is the other name for "freedom", for the implementation of freedom; action should be proposed at EU level only if it provides clear added value compared to action at national level; the White Paper also respects the autonomy of sport organisations to govern their sports, as long as this takes place in the actual legal framework 00:00:39
10:01:59 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:02:05 Ján Figel (in ENGLISH) saying that he is aware that some of the participants to the conference, especially those representing professional sport, and perhaps part of the business community, wanted the EC to go further; some voices have called to regulatory measures and certain exemptions from the application of EU law for the sport sector; but the EC could not go beyond the limits of existing EU competences in that way 00:00:30
10:02:35 Cutaway 00:00:07
10:02:42 Ján Figel' (in ENGLISH) saying that there cannot be a fully-fledged sport policy until an explicit competence for sport is included in the legal basis of the European Union; however this is likely to change in years to come; he very much welcomes the mandate received by the Inter-governmental Conference to insert the provisions on sport into the new draft Reformed Treaty 00:00:31
10:03:13 General view of the conference 00:00:05
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