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EU sport forums 2012: Nicosia, Cyprus

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EU sport forums 2012: Nicosia, Cyprus

The fourth EU Sport Forum since the adoption of the White Paper on Sport took place in Nicosia on 19-20 September and gathered approx. 350 participants including governmental representatives. Among these, about 275 participants represented the Olympic and sport movement, including leading representatives from international and European sport federations, European and national sport umbrella organisations and other sport-related organisations. 

The fourth EU Sport Forum since the adoption of the White Paper on Sport took place in Nicosia and gathered approx. 350 participants including governmental representatives. Among these, about 275 participants represented the Olympic and sport movement, including leading representatives from international and European sport federations, European and national sport umbrella organisations and other sport-related organisations.

Particular attention was given to the ongoing fight against match-fixing, leading to the Nicosia Declaration, as well as to the results of projects selected in the framework of the 2010 Preparatory Action in the field of sport.

The Forum included sessions that were co-organised by the Cyprus Presidency and the European Commission, notably a high-level panel debate on the fight against match-fixing. A number of video interviews were recorded in the course of the Forum.

The main outcomes of the EU Sport Forum 2012 can be summarised as follows:

  • The first session, consisting of information sharing by the Cyprus Presidency, the Commission and the European Parliament, was appreciated by the participants in particular in view of the proposal for an EU Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport.
  • The second session, focusing on projects supported through the 2010 Preparatory Action in the field of sport, highlighted the synergetic effects created by the networks and the added value of the European actions, especially in view of assessing the impact of possible future incentive measures.
  • The third session allowed for an open and constructive debate between sport stakeholders and Forum participants about the definition of good governance and possible future steps for improved governance. It demonstrated stakeholders' interest in the topic.
  • The fourth session allowed for an open and constructive debate between sport stakeholders and Forum participants on the European social dialogue in the field of sport. It demonstrated a high level of consensus that the stakeholders remain committed to taking the dialogue forward.
  • The study on the contribution of sport to economic growth and employment in the EU was appreciated by the participants of the Forum in view of concrete data being made available. The sharing of these results formed a good basis for the subsequent highlevel debate that focused on the economic importance of sport and generated concrete ideas for possible EU initiatives to promote health-enhancing physical activity and participation in sport.
  • The presentation of a study on the legislative situation in Member States relating to the fight against match-fixing was appreciated by the participants as it gave an overview of all the Member States. The subsequent high-level debate made clear that all the stakeholders were committed to continuing the fight against match-fixing. It also confirmed their agreement to the Nicosia Declaration on the fight against match-fixing.