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EU sport forum 2013: Vilnius, Lithuania

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EU sport forum 2013: Vilnius, Lithuania

The fifth EU Sport Forum since the adoption of the White Paper on Sport took place in Vilnius on 30 September – 1 October and gathered approx. 290 participants, including governmental representatives. Among these, about 160 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 fifth EU Sport Forum since the adoption of the White Paper on Sport took place in Vilnius on 30 September – 1 October and gathered approx. 290 participants, including governmental representatives. Among these, about 160 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.

Following the official opening by the Lithuanian Presidency and opening remarks by the European Commission and the European Parliament, particular attention was given to the Sport Chapter of Erasmus+ and its implementing modalities as well as the EU Work Plan for Sport 2011-2014 and future priorities. The results of projects selected in the framework of the 2011 Preparatory Action in the field of sport were also showcased. The Forum included sessions that were co-organised by the Lithuanian Presidency and the European Commission, notably panel debates on the regulation of the transfers of players and on dual careers for athletes. The event has been broadcasted via Live Streaming and a Twitter wall was set up to highlight important messages from the discussions.

The main outcomes of the EU Sport Forum 2013 can be summarised as follows:

  • The first session, focusing on projects supported through the 2011 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 second session, consisting of information sharing by the European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), was appreciated by the articipants in particular in view of the objectives, activities and the timetable of the call for proposals for the Sport Chapter of Erasmus+ Programme.
  • The third session allowed for an open and constructive consultation with the sport stakeholders and Forum participants about the implementation of the EU Work Plan for Sport 2011-2014 and future priorities. Within the two parallel workshops, stakeholders demonstrated interest in the work of the Expert Groups and actively contributed to the discussion on the next EU Work Plan 2014+.
  • The fourth session opened with the presentation of the study on the economic and legal aspects of transfers of players, which was appreciated by the Forum participants. The subsequent high-level debate allowed an open and constructivedebate between sport stakeholders and participants.
  • The fifth session consisted of the presentations of the results from the two rapporteurs of the workshops from the day before on the EU Work Plan 2011-2014 and future priorities.
  • The sixth session allowed for an open and constructive debate between sport stakeholders and Forum participants on dual careers for athletes. Before the debate, the EU Guidelines on Dual Careers for athletes were presented by the Chair of the EU Expert Group on Education and Training in Sport. The debate demonstrated a high level of consensus that the stakeholders remain committed to taking the dialogue forward.
 

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