The EU Sport Forum 2013 took place in Vilnius on 30 September - 1 October. Speeches, presentations and videos were available, the report is now also available online.
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 consisted of 5 sessions, 2 of which were panel debates.
The first session covered the results of the 2011 preparatory Action in the field of sport and consisted of two workshops, one on prevention of and fight against violence and intolerance in sport, the other on promoting innovative approaches to strengthen the organisation of sport in Europe.
The second session presented the Sport Chapter of Erasmus+ and its implementing modalities.
The third session consisted in a consultation on the EU Work Plan for Sport 2011-2014 and future priorities. A first introduction by Director General Jan Truszczyński was followed by two parallel workshops: one on "Anti-doping, good governance and education and training" and one on " Health and participation, statistics and sustainable financing".
The fourth session was a panel debate on the regulation of the transfer of players, which also included the presentation of a "Study on the economic and legal aspects of transfer of players".
On the second day, the fifth session consisted in the presentation of the workshops results on the EU Work Plan for Sport and future priorities from the previous day.
The sixth and final session which was a high-level panel debate on dual careers for athletes, with the participation of Commissioner Vassiliou, which included a video on testimonials by Mr Juan Antonio Corbolán and Mr Šarūnas Marčiulionis on their personal experiences on dual careers.
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. The engagement of the participants was also encouraged with the introduction, for the first time, of a twitter wall.
Other useful links related to EUSF 2013 topics:
Informal Meeting of Ministers for Sport (IMM)
IMM Press release on sports economy
IMM Press release on how to strengthen the sport sector