The findings were presented at a press conference in Brussels today by
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for sport, and
Michel Platini, President of UEFA, the European football governing body.
"It is reassuring to see that many Europeans take sport and physical
activity seriously, but we also need to do more to encourage citizens who are
inactive," said Commissioner Vassiliou. "Sport is good for the
body and soul: as the ancient Romans and Greeks used to say, 'a healthy mind in
a healthy body'. Sport gives you more energy and helps people to live more
active lives. In an ageing society, it is important to help citizens to remain
"I will therefore be proposing an initiative later this year aimed at
encouraging more Europeans to make sport and physical activity part of their
This initiative will be presented as a Communication to the European
Parliament and the Council, flanked by a proposal to establish a new Sport
Programme which will support projects and supplement policies in the Member
UEFA President Michel Platini said: "The Eurobarometer survey
underlines the central role of European sports federations to guarantee the
practice of sports at all levels. UEFA is committed to healthy
development at grassroots level, which remains a core-objective."
Eurobarometer findings in full:http://ec.europa.eu/sport/news/news910_en.htm
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