Today the Commission adopted its proposal for a Council Recommendation on health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) in order to address the high rates of physical inactivity in Europe.
This is the first ever Recommendation in the field of sport. Building on the EU Physical Activity Guidelines and on-going efforts in the Member States to promote physical activity, the new policy initiative encourages new measures across all those policy sectors that can enable citizens' to be or to become physically active. One key element of the proposal is a monitoring framework which should help Member States to trace developments and identify trends regarding their national efforts to promote sport and physical activity. By acting together with the Member States the Commission aims at reducing the significant costs caused by the lack of physical activity in Europe.
The Council will start discussing the Recommendation as of September and could possibly adopt it in 2013. EU support for the implementation of the measures is proposed to come from Erasmus+, due to start in 2014.
The text of the Commission's proposal and the accompanying Staff Working Documents can be accessed here:
2) Proposal for a Council Recommendation on promoting health-enhancing physical activity across sectors [96 KB] (click on "..." for other language versions)
3) Commission Staff Working Document: A monitoring framework for the implementation of policies to promote health-enhancing physical activity [297 KB]
4) Commission Staff Working Document: Executive summary of the Impact Assessment [145 KB] (click on "..." for other language versions)
5) Commission Staff Working Document: Impact Assessment [838 KB]