What is it about?
Following the adoption of the new EU Work Plan for sport, the European Commission has been asked to set up five expert groups to look at particular areas related to sports policy. Each group includes experts from the Member States. European and international sporting bodies can be invited as observers. The groups are supported and attended by the European Commission Sport Unit. The current expert groups are:
Why is it needed?
- To promote a cooperative and concerted approach among Member States and the European Commission, to deliver added value in the field of sport at European level.
- To address transnational challenges using a coordinated European approach.
- To give special attention to the integrity of sport, its economic dimension as well as the role of sport in society.
Each expert group has its own work schedule with specific tasks to be delivered by 2017 and these are designed to pave the way for possible future EU level activities.
What has been done so far?
These new expert groups started their work in the second half of 2014 and they will follow in the footsteps of six previous expert groups, who delivered important results in the years 2011-2014:
Expert Group on Sport, Health and Participation, promoted health-enhancing physical activity and participation in grassroots sport;
Expert Group on Anti-doping, explored ways to combat doping in both professional and recreational sport;
Expert Group on Sport Statistics, recommended ways to promote data collection to measure the economic benefits of the EU sport sector;
Expert Group on Sustainable Financing of Sport, reviewed mechanisms to redistribute funds from one section of sport to another, e.g. from professional sport to grassroots sport or from one sport to a second sport;
Expert Group on Good Governance, focused on the fight against match fixing and the promotion of good governance. The group also addressed issues relating to sport agents and transfer rules;
Expert Group on Education and Training in Sport, which prepared European guidelines on dual careers. This group also followed up on the inclusion of sport-related qualifications in National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs).