The fourth EU Sport Forum since the adoption of the White Paper on Sport took place in Nicosia on 19 and 20 September 2012. The Commission's report from the Forum as well as speeches, presentations and videos are now available.
As foreseen in the 2007 White Paper on Sport, the EU Sport Forum is a key annual event organised by the European Commission in the framework of the structured dialogue on sport at EU level. This year's event provided an opportunity for stakeholders and EU institutions to exchange views on the fight against match-fixing, the contribution of sport and physical activity to the EU economy, good governance in sport, European social dialogue between employers and athletes, and future EU funding for grassroots sport. Forum participants, the Cyprus Presidency and Commissioner Vassiliou endorsed the 'Nicosia Declaration on the fight against match-fixing [273 KB] '.
This year the Forum consisted of 5 sessions, 3 of which were panel debates:
The first session covered developments in sport at EU Level since the last EU Sport Forum in Budapest in February 2011.
The second session allowed the 12 projects supported through the 2010 Preparatory Action in the field of sport to present the results of their work and exchange views with Forum participants. The presentations as well as 3 videos covering the 3 thematic areas (fight against doping, promoting social inclusion in and through sport, promoting volunteering in sport) can be found online on ourLibrary page.
The third and fourth sessions were expert panel debates on "developing principles of good governance in sport" and "European social dialogue in the field of sport".
The fifth session, co-organised with the Cyprus Presidency and consisting of two high-level panel debates, was a joint session with EU Sport Ministers prior to their informal meeting on 21 September 2012. The first debate was on the contribution of sport and health-enhancing physical activity to Europe's economy, the second debate was on the fight against match-fixing.
An active exchange of views with representatives from a variety of sport and sport-related organisations contributed to the success of the event and has helped the Commission to identify priorities for its planned initiatives in the field of sport.
Other useful links related to EUSF 2012 topics:
CY Presidency: Informal meeting of Sport Ministers.
CY Presidency: 21/09/12 - Press Release – The contribution of sport to active ageing.
CY Presidency: 20/09/12 - Press Release – Joint declaration adopted on match-fixing.