The Conference focused on statistical needs in view of the development of sport as a new EU policy area, in line with Article 165 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). It gathered around 70 experts in the field of statistics, representatives from sport administrations and stakeholders from the non-governmental sector. The Commission thus provided a platform for an exchange of views between the policy and expert levels.
The morning session addressed the measuring of the economic impact of sport while the afternoon session discussed elements for a possible sport monitoring function in the EU. The agenda topics covered Sport Satellite Accounts; constraints of data collection for the sport economy; examples of data collection in the field of employment, the sporting goods industry, sport participation and sponsorship; data collection at Eurostat; and a national example of a data warehouse concept.
The discussions confirmed the importance of better and more comparable sport data, underlined the relevance of ongoing EU-level initiatives to further address this need and helped identify next steps towards future action in this field.