What is it about?
The European Commission has set up six expert groups to look at particular areas related to sports policy. Each group includes experts from Member State governments as well as European and international sporting bodies. They are supported and attended by relevant Commission departments. The current expert groups are:
Expert Group on Sport, Health and Participation which is exploring ways to promote health-enhancing physical activity and participation in grassroots sport.
Expert Group on Anti-doping which is exploring ways to combat doping in both professional and recreational sport.
Expert Group on Sport Statistics which is recommending ways to promote data collection to measure the economic benefits of the EU sport sector.
Expert Group on Sustainable Financing of Sport which is reviewing 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 which is focusing on the integrity of sport, in particular the fight against match fixing and the promotion of good governance. The group is also addressing issues relating to sport agents and transfer rules.
Expert Group on Education and Training in Sport which is preparing European guidelines on dual careers. This group is also following up on the inclusion of sport-related qualifications in National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs), and ensuring they are related to the European Qualifications Framework.
Why is it needed?
Each expert group has a work schedule with specific tasks to be delivered by 2014 and these are designed to pave the way for possible future EU level activities. Their work is aimed at:
- Promoting good governance in sport in the EU and sustaining sport structures based on voluntary activity.
- Promoting health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) and increased participation in sport.
- Maximising the potential of sport to foster social inclusion and ensure equal opportunities for all.
- Reducing the incidences of violence, racism and other forms of intolerance in sport.
- Improving the education and training of sportspeople, in particular through the promotion of dual careers.
- Making a major contribution to the fight against doping in amateur and grassroots sport.
What has been done so far?
Each expert group has a Work Programme from 2011-2014.