Extracts from the report of Manolis Mavrommatis, Member of the EP, on the White paper on sport
End production: 08/05/2008 First transmission: 08/05/2008
The fight against doping should be stepped up, and clearer guidelines are needed on how EU rules should apply to sport, says an own-initiative report proposed by the Committee on Culture and Education. In a report that outlines the makings of an EU policy on sport, Members of the EP in the committee also voice concern about the possible deregulation of gambling markets, and warn against new rules that could create direct discrimination in player selection. The report, drafted by Manolis Mavrommatis, Member of the EP, welcomes the Commission's July 2007 White Paper on Sport, and emphasises the important role of sport in society. It notes that about 60% of EU citizens regularly participate in sporting activities within or outside some 700,000 clubs (from the white paper), and that sport in a broader sense generated 407 billion Euros in value-added in 2004 (3.4% of EU GDP) and employment for 15 million people (5.4% of the labour force).
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||Manolis Mavrommatis, Member of the EP, (in GREEK) on doping;
saying that in the White paper the Parliament asks measures to ban excessively tough programs for sportsmen in order to discourage them from taking refuge in consuming certain substances not just to improve performances but actually just to improve their stamina; they also need external independent testing for professional sports clubs so that sportsmen and women are also educated about the side effects of doping
||Manolis Mavrommatis (in GREEK) on TV rights;
saying that the collective sale of media rights which the Commission is presenting as a contribution to competition law is important for the redistribution of these incomes because in this way it could be a way to achieve greater solidarity between sportsmen; that is why they ask the Commission to recognize collective sales for the smallest clubs as well
||Manolis Mavrommatis (in GREEK) on gambling;
saying that in the Culture Committee, everybody agreed that the possible liberalisation of the lotteries and games and charts market could provide problems as financing amateur sports is concerned because the income from this kind of betting is an important source of their funding
||Vladimír Špidla, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, (in CZECH) saying that they cannot agree with the unconditional obligation of young players to sign their first professional contract with the club that have trained them because it is contradictory to the fundamental freedom of movement
||Pál Schmitt, Member of the EP, (in HUNGARIAN) saying that it is a little known fact that over 4% of EU's growth product derives from sports and sport gives employment to 15 million workers; this is in contrast with the fact that in many countries including his own, a minute proportion of the national budget, far less than half a percent, is spent on sports and physical education
||Emine Bozkurt, Member of the EP, (in DUTCH) on home grown players;
saying that they need to make sure that professional players of a young age are properly protected and enjoy stability; this is why they support the so-called home grown players rule so that young people can be given training at clubs and get their first contract at the same club; obviously they need to provide guarantees that would allow a lot of national players to play in their club without, however, discriminating on the base of nationality because this is not their intention, they have to respect the free movement of players, that is why they disagree with the FIFA 6+5 rule
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