A Conference on Sport Statistics organised by the European Commission will take place in Brussels on 23 March 2011. It will focus on statistical and information 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)
In its 2007 White Paper on Sport, the Commission noted the lack of comparable EU-wide information on the sport sector's economic role as a basis for evidence-based policies. It encouraged work on a Sport Satellite Account in the EU Working Group on Sport & Economics. On 18 January 2011, the Commission adopted a Communication on sport which further highlights the importance of evidence-based policy-making to develop the European dimension in sport. In the chapter on the economic dimension of sport, the Commission proposes to produce Satellite Accounts for Sport compatible with the agreed European definition and to study the feasibility of establishing a sport monitoring function in the EU to analyse trends, collect data, interpret statistics, facilitate research, launch surveys and studies, and promote exchange of information.
At the EU Conference on Sport Statistics, these ideas will be discussed with relevant experts in the fields of statistics, including representatives from national statistical offices and Eurostat, and sport research, as well as with representatives from sport administrations and stakeholders from the non-governmental sector. The Commission thereby wants to provide a platform for an exchange of views between the policy and expert levels.
The results of the conference will be made available on this website.
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