Action no. 1 of the "Pierre de Coubertin" Action Plan, which accompanies the White Paper on Sport adopted by the European Commission in July 2007, foresees that the Commission and the Member States will develop new physical activity guidelines before the end of 2008. An Expert Group (consisting of 22 outstanding independent experts) and the EU Working Group on Sport & Health (consisting of representatives of Member States) prepared a draft of the EU Physical Activity Guidelines during the past year.
The draft guidelines were discussed by the Sport Directors of the Member States at their meeting in Versailles on 30-31 October. The document was subsequently endorsed by the Sport Ministers of the Member States at their meeting in Biarritz on 27-28 November. The Sport Ministers also suggested that the document should be submitted to the EU Council of Ministers, and in particular to the Council formation responsible for health (EPSCO – Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council).
It should be noted that the Physical Activity Guidelines will not become a binding document. They should be perceived mainly as a source of inspiration for Member States, regional and local authorities, sport organisations, civil society organisations and other relevant actors to define and implement policies which would make it easier for Europeans to be physically active as part of their daily lives.
The document was prepared in the English language and has been translated into French and German.