Action no. 40 of the "Pierre de Coubertin" Action Plan accompanying the 2007 White Paper on Sport announced that the Commission would launch a study to analyse all aspects of the complex issue of access to individual competitions for non-nationals. On this basis, the Commission awarded in 2009 a contract for a study on the equal treatment of non-nationals in individual sports competitions in the EU.
The study has now been completed. The results of the study, which was carried out by a consortium composed of T.M.C. ASSER Instituut, Edge Hill University and Leiden University, are available in English. The French translation of the study will be made public as soon as it is completed.
Although they do not constitute the Commission's official position, the Commission considers these results as useful input for future discussions with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in view of addressing the issues raised by the participation of non-nationals in individual sports competitions in the EU.
Study on the Equal Treatment of Non-Nationals in Individual Sports Competitions – Final Report