Xavier Prats Monné is the new Director-General of DG Education and Culture as of 1 August 2014.
Following a Commission study on Young People's Lifestyles and Sedentariness’ in 2005 and political decisions in 2005/2006, a Working Group Sport & Health was set up. Based on the 2007 White Paper on Sport, it developed the EU Physical Activity Guidelines (EU PA GL), that were endorsed by EU Sport Ministers, meeting informally in 2008.
On 21 May 2014, the EU Council approved the second EU Work Plan for Sport (2014-2017).
The Conference was organised by the European Commission (COM) on 11 June 2014 in Brussels to prepare the launch of the European Week of Sport (EWoS) in 2015. It gathered approx. 150 participants, including experts from governmental and non-governmental sport organisations and institutions from all over Europe.
The European Commission has launched an invitation to tender for a study on the minimum quality requirements for dual career services. Deadline 29 August 2014.
The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) has launched an invitation to tender for a study on sport qualifications acquired through sport organisationsand (sport) educational institutes (public contract No EACEA/2014/08, to be awarded by open procedure).
The study was launched in March 2013 and was financed by the Preparatory Action 'European Partnership on Sports' 2012.
The study was launched in January 2013 and was financed by the Preparatory Action 'European Partnership on Sports' 2012. It was carried out by a consortium composed of TMC ASSER Instituut and IVIR (University of Amsterdam).
As published on 9 April 2014 in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ C106), the Commission decided to postpone the deadline of the call for proposals for collaborative partnerships and not-for-profit sport events from 15 May to 26 June 2014.
Upcoming call for tenders for studies on sport qualifications and on sport's contribution to regional development.
A special Eurobarometer survey on sport and physical activity was carried out by TNS Opinion & Social network in late 2013 in the 28 EU Member States. It follows comparable surveys conducted in 2002 and 2009, and contributes to providing information to support the development of policies to promote sport and physical activity.
A group of experts has just adopted an ambitious and innovative report in the field of gender equality and sport.
On 24 January 2014, the European Commission adopted its Report on the implementation of the first EU Work Plan for Sport (2011-2014).
Registration is now closed. Join us in Brussels on 4th February 2014 to find out more about the new programme and its funding opportunities.
The EU Conference on gender Equality in Sport took place in Vilnius on 3-4 December 2013 at the initiative of Commissioner Vassiliou. It involved 120 experts from sport organisations and governments and secured wide-ranging commitment and support for concrete actions on equality between women and men in sport.
On 18 December 2013, the Commission took two decisions concerning state aid for professional sport
Organisations wishing to bid for funding in 2014 through Erasmus+, the European Union's new programme for education, training, youth and sport, can start to prepare their grant applications from today.
2015 should see the first European Week of Sport (EWoS), designed to promote participation in sport and physical activity across Europe. On 20 November 2013 a preparatory seminar took place in Brussels.
On 26 November the Council adopted the first ever Council Recommendation in sport, notably on promoting health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA). It also adopted Council conclusions on the ‘Contribution of sport to the EU economy, and in particular to addressing youth unemployment and social inclusion’. The Council also held a policy debate on ‘Good governance in sport’.
Androulla Vassiliou asks for concrete actions to achieve Gender Equality in Sport at the EU conference in Vilnius, on 3-4 December 2013.
The Commission has just launched two studies related to the prevention and fight against betting-related match-fixing.
14 projects have been selected following the 2013 call for proposals in the framework of the Preparatory Actions "European Partnership on Sports". These 14 projects, which have been presented by sport and civil society organisations and public bodies, will cover areas such as good governance and dual career in sport, protection of athletes and promotion of traditional European sport and games.
The EU Sport Forum 2013 took place in Vilnius on 30 September - 1 October. Speeches, presentations and videos were available, the report is now also available online.
The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) has published a Call for expressions of interest (N° EACEA/2013/01) for the establishment of a list of experts to assist the EACEA in the framework of the management of European Union programmes in the field of education, audiovisual, culture, youth, sport, EU aid volunteers, and citizenship or any other programmes delegated to the Agency.
On the basis of the EU Work Plan for Sport for 2011-2014, the EU Expert Group on Good Governance adopted on 17 July 2013 its second deliverable, concerning principles for good governance in sport. The deliverable was presented in the Council Working Party on Sport on 10 October 2013.
Following a request from the Council in 2012, the European Commission intends to organise an annual European Week of Sport (EWoS) that would promote participation in sport and physical activity throughout Europe. The first EWoS should take place in 2015. The Commission wishes to seek stakeholders' views and ideas on such a Week and to identify existing good practices.
This year's EU Sport Forum, the annual event organised by the European Commission as a key dialogue platform on sport at EU level, will take place on 30 September and 01 October in Vilnius, Lithuania
The Expert Group on Education and Training in Sport (XG ETS) met in Helsinki on 26 and 27 June 2013. On the first day a seminar on developments of dual career arrangements for athletes in Finland took place. In its meeting on the second day the group adopted the mid-term report on the state of play of the inclusion of sport qualifications in the National Qualification Frameworks in the EU.
The European Commission has today published an independent study on the assessment of the "Home-Grown Player" (HGP) rule adopted by UEFA in 2005 and gradually implemented by clubs participating in the Champions League and Europa League competitions in subsequent years.
The Expert Group on Anti-Doping (XG AD) held its fifth and penultimate meeting in Brussels on 1 July 2013. The Group amended and approved a draft proposal for the fourth and last EU contribution to the revision of the World Anti-Doping Code and discussed on-going work on a draft proposal for recommendations on doping in recreational sports.
A study on a possible future sport monitoring function in the EU, which also provides an overview on the main existing data collection processes and networks in the field (at national, transnational and EU level) regarding social, health and economic aspects of sport, has been finalised and is now publicly available.
On 20 June 2013 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) dismissed an appeal from tennis pro Guillermo Cañas in an anti-doping case (C-269/12 P). Mr Cañas had previously lodged a complaint before the Commission on grounds of alleged violations of EU competition law but his complaint had been dismissed. Mr Cañas had then challenged the Commission's rejection before the General Court (T-508/09) who found no need to adjudicate. The appeal to have this decision overruled was rejected by the Court.
On 22 July 2013, the EU Council approved the text of a fourth EU contribution to the revision of the World Anti-Doping Code and authorised the Lithuanian Presidency to submit it to the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The European Commission, as well as the world of sport was saddened by the news of the unexpected passing away of Olafur Rafnsson, aged 50.
The Commission will participate for the first time as EU negotiator in the meeting of the Drafting Group established by the Council of Europe to discuss a convention against match-fixing. The meeting will take place in Strasbourg on 13-15 June 2013.
The call for proposals will serve to select high-quality transnational projects which will be supported through the 2013 Preparatory Action "European Partnership on Sports".
Androulla vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for sport, and Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), met earlier this week ay as part of the Commission's 'structured dialogue' with the sport movement.
The Expert Group on Good Governance (XG GG) was mandated by the Council to address the issues related to access to and supervision of the profession of sport agents and to transfers in team sports, including, in particular, the issue of transfer rules for young players. The Group is expected to propose a follow-up to the Commission conference on sport agents and to the study on the economic and legal aspects of transfers of players by end-2013.
Physical education is a compulsory subject at school but is commonly perceived as being less important than other subjects, according to a new Commission report on sport education in 30 European countries.
Androulla vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for sport, has paid tribute to Olympic champion and former MEP Pietro Mennea who passed away on 21 March, aged 60.
Putting on an event like this does not come cheap. The equipment is very specialised, so the organiser Matthias Guett has been helped by the “European paralympic snow sport youth circuit“ project under the 2012 call for proposals.
The European Commission is determined to do "all it can" to help sports bodies and law enforcement agencies to tackle the scourge of match-fixing and corruption in sport.
On 25-26 February 2013, the EU Council approved the text of a third EU contribution to the revision of the World Anti-Doping Code and authorised the Irish Presidency to submit it to the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The EU Expert Group on 'Anti-Doping' (XG AD) met in Brussels on 24 January 2013. It discussed draft EU comments on the revision of the World Anti-Doping Code and the International Standards (third EU contribution which has meanwhile been adopted by the EU Council and transmitted to WADA).
The European Commission has welcomed new reforms agreed by the English Premier League aimed at reducing excessive wage bills and huge losses.
The study on the economic and legal aspects of transfers of players, which was launched in January 2012, has been finalised and is now publicly available
The Expert Group on Good Governance (XG GG) was mandated by the Council to develop principles of transparency concerning good governance in sport and to propose a set of recommendations in this field.
On the basis of the EU Work Plan for Sport for 2011-2014, an ad-hoc Group of Experts chaired by the Sport Unit of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission drafted EU Guidelines on Dual Careers of Athletes in the course of the last two years. The EU Expert Group on Education and Training in Sport had appointed the members of the Group of Experts, supervised the drafting process and agreed the final text.
20 transnational projects have received an EU grant following the 2012 call for proposals in the framework of the Preparatory Action "European Partnership on Sports".
The Expert Group on Sustainable Financing of Sport (XG FIN) was mandated by the Council to recommend ways to strengthen financial solidarity mechanisms within sport by the end of 2012. The Group, in its work schedule, agreed to give a broad interpretation to this mandate and to look into all aspects that affect such solidarity mechanisms. The Group based its work on the EU Study on the Funding of Grassroots Sport. It held its 3rd meeting on 14 November 2012 in Brussels, where work on the deliverable was finalised.