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3rd meeting of the High-Level Group on Sport Diplomacy

March102016

The third meeting of the High-Level Group on Sport Diplomacy took place on 25 February in Brussels.

 

There were three presentations, given by:

  • Colombian Initiative on Sport and Cultural Diplomacy - Mr Rodrigo Rivera (Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and to the European Union)
  • EU development financing instruments – Mr Cordero (from the EU's development department)
  • EU financing instruments for the EU's neighbours – Mr Masson (from the EU's department for neighbourhood policy)

After the presentations, the discussion focused on the draft recommendations to be included in the group's final report.

The report will be presented to Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner responsible for sport, by the end of June 2016. The areas to be covered are:

  • promotion of EU values
  • neighbourhood policy
  • development policy
  • possibly major sport events

The next meeting of the group will take place on 18 May, probably in the Netherlands. Sport diplomacy was also discussed at the EU Sport Forum, held on 9 -10 March 2016 in The Hague, the Netherlands.

 

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