On the basis of the EU Work Plan for Sport for 2011-2014, the EU Expert Group on Good Governance adopted on 17 July 2013 its second deliverable, concerning principles for good governance in sport. The deliverable was presented in the Council Working Party on Sport on 10 October 2013.
The Expert Group on Good Governance discussed the topic of good governance in sport in three meetings held in June and December 2012 and in July 2013. Members of the Group worked together with observers representing various stakeholders in the field of sport as well as NGOs active in the area of promoting ethics and transparency. The results of the projects selected under the 2011 Preparatory Action in the field of Sport in the area of 'promoting innovative approaches to strengthen the organization of sport in Europe' also informed the work of the Group.
The recommendations proposed by the Group define good governance as 'the framework and culture within which a sports body sets policy, delivers its strategic objectives, engages with stakeholders, monitors performance, evaluates and manages risk and reports to its constituents on its activities and progress including the delivery of effective, sustainable and proportionate sports policy and regulation'. The recommendations aim at encompassing a broad spectrum of recipients ranging from the bottom to the top of the sporting pyramid. They are based on 10 main principles which are accompanied by detailed practical guidance. The annexes to the document present a list of best practices as well as relevant facts and data derived from the projects funded through the 2011 Preparatory Action. Those annexes are intended to be a living part of the recommendations, to be further updated as new information becomes available.
The main purpose of the principles is to serve as guidance providing minimum standards that can inspire sports bodies at all levels in the implementation of good governance across different disciplines and countries. The principles respect the autonomy and the diversity of sports organisations. They are intended to lead to improvement in the governance of sport at national, European and international level. It can also be expected that they will be helpful in the context of the implementation of the Sport Chapter of the proposed Erasmus + Programme (2014-2020), which mentions good governance as a priority area.