EU Sport Forum 2019
#eusportforum
Mon, 08/04/2019 to Tue, 09/04/2019
JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel - Bucharest, Romania

The EU Sport Forum is a unique opportunity for sport organisations to meet policy makers and representatives of the EU institutions and of the Member States.

Following the last year’s successful editions, the EU Sport Forum will address during two days topical issues in professional sport and grassroots sport. Plenary sessions will cover the role of sport federations in the promotion of European sport, anti-doping as well as major sport events. Other parallel sessions will focus on ensuring involvement of athletes in sport governance, the digital single market and access to illegal online sport content, justice in sport, the role of schools in the promotion of healthy lifestyles and support for sport at grassroots level.

The 2019 EU Sport Forum will take place in Bucharest at the JW Marriott Grand Hotel, on 8 and 9 April. It will gather representatives from the sport movement, including sport federations and other relevant sport organisations, as well as the EU Member States, local authorities and academics.

About the event

The EU Sport Forum is the main platform for structured dialogue between the European Commission and sport stakeholders. The Forum's main objective is to take stock of progress achieved in implementing the EU agenda for sport and to seek stakeholders’ views on current and planned/possible future activities.

Highlights

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Watch highlights of each day:

Day 1

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Day 2

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The EU Sport Forum is an opportunity to promote sport as a means of building a better Europe – but also as an instrument to forge strong relationships with our partners across the globe.
Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

More information

CONTACT - ORGANISING TEAM

European Commission
Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture
Sport Unit

E-mail: EAC-SPORT-FORUM@ec.europa.eu

Programme

Monday 8 April

10:00 - 10:30            OPENING SESSION         

  • Gabriela Firea, Mayor of Bucharest
  • Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva, Director for Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport, DG EAC, European Commission
  • Santiago Fisas, Member of the European Parliament
  • Mihai Covaliu, President, Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee

10:30 - 11:15            PLENARY SESSION: DOPING IN SPORT

Moderated by Mr Nick Butler, ARD journalist

  • The main evolutions of the anti-doping system,Sébastien Gillot, Director, European Office & International Federation Relations, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
  • The vision for the future - an interview with the European candidate for the WADA presidency, Witold Bańka, Polish Minister of Sport and Tourism of Poland

11:15 - 11:45            NETWORKING/COFFEE

11:45 - 13:00            PARALLEL SESSIONS

1. Are the rights and interests of athletes sufficiently taken into account by sport governing bodies?

Moderated by Mr Nick Butler, ARD journalist
Introduction by Brendan Schwab, Executive Director, World Players Association

  • Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, Secretary General, Division Europe, International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPRO)
  • Danka Bartekova, Vice-Chair of the IOC Athletes' Commission
  • Elisabeth Cebrian Scheurer, Development Projects and Women`s Basketball, International Basketball Federation (FIBA)
  • Sandra Monteiro, Chief of Global Business Strategies at National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA)
  • Brendan Schwab, Executive Director, World Players Association

2. How can schools better contribute to the promotion of healthy lifestyles?

Moderated by João Breda, Head WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases

Introduction by Nicole Pisani, Chefs in Schools

  • Renato Arena, Senior Vice-president, European Volleyball Confederation (CEV)
  • Kaisa Blomberg, Teacher at Jyranko School from Heinola, Finland
  • Wojciech Kalamarz, Head of Unit, Health determinants and international relations DG SANTE, European Commission
  • Otylia Jędrzejczak, Former Polish Olympic athlete
  • Nicole Pisani, Chefs in Schools

                       

13:00 - 14:30            NETWORKING LUNCH

14:30  - 15:40           PLENARY SESSION: THE ROLE OF SPORT FEDERATIONS IN PROMOTION OF EUROPEAN SPORT

Moderated by David Eades, BBC World News TV, Presenter
Introduction by Ricci Bitti, President, Association of Summer Olympic International Federations

  • Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
  • Janez Kocijanćić, President, European Olympic Committees
  • Bogdan Matei, Romanian Minister of Youth and Sport
  • Francesco Ricci Bitti, President, Association of Summer Olympic International Federations
  • Marijke Fleuren, President, European Hockey Federation (EHF) and International Hockey Federation (IHF) Executive Board member

    15:40 -  15:50           PRESENTATION OF THE SHE RUNS PROJECT

                                                Empowering Girls Through Sport

  • Hrvoje Čustonja, Secretary General, International School Sport Federation

15:50  - 17:00           PLENARY SESSION: Can Europe still attract major sport events?

Moderated by David Eades, BBC World News TV, Presenter
Introduction by Jean-Loup Chappelet, Professeur University of Lausanne

  • Pál Schmitt, Former President of the Republic of Hungary
  • Roxana Maracineanu, French Minister of Sport
  • Sergey Bubka, President, Ukrainian National Olympic Committee
  • Jean-Loup Chappelet, Professor, University of Lausanne

Concluding remarks by EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics

17:15 - 18:30            TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT

19:00 - 23:30            DINNER WITH PARTICIPATION OF COMMISSIONER TIBOR NAVRACSICS

Tuesday 9 April

9:30  - 09:45             PLENARY SESSION: Update on European Commission activities

                                               Yves Le Lostecque, Head of Sport Unit, DG EAC, European Commission

9:45  - 11:00             PARALLEL SESSIONS

1    Are sport rights sufficiently protected in the EU?
Moderated by Laura Vilches, Head of European Public Affairs, La Liga

Introduction by Mark Lichtenhein, Sports Rights Owners Coalition (SROC)

  • Sophie Jordan, General Counsel, BeIn Sports (TBC)
  • Mark Lichtenhein, Chairman, Sports Rights Owners Coalition (SROC)
  • Lucian Mircescu, Chair of the Working Party on Sport, Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU
  • Krisztina Stump, Deputy Head of Copyright Unit, DG CNECT, European Commission
  • Andrew Moger, Executive Director, News Media Coalition

2    Why and how should grassroots sport be financed?

Moderated by Ute Haller-Block, Head of Sport and Youth Unit, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (TBC)
Introduction by Folker Hellmund, Director, European Olympic Committees EU Office

  • Folker Hellmund, Director, European Olympic Committee EU Office
  • Hansjörg Höltkemeier, President European Lotteries
  • Lilla Nedeczky, Vice President of Hungarian National Youth Council
  • Valentina Mercolli, Hat Trick Programme Manager, Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
  • Wendy Simon, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool

11:00 - 11:15           NETWORKING COFFEE

11:15  - 12:30           PARALLEL SESSIONS

1    Justice in sport
Moderated by Richard Parrish, Professor Edge Hill Univesity Introduction by Antoine Duval, Senior Researcher, Asser Institute

  • Mathieu Reeb, Secretary-General Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
  • Antoine Duval, Senior Researcher, Asser Institute
  • Tiina Kivisaari, Sport Director, Finland
  • Anders Solheim, Chief Executive Officer, Anti-Doping Norway (tbc)
  • Jean Gracia, Vice-President, European Athletics

 2    Challenges of less popular sports

Moderated by Thierry Zintz, Professor, Catholic University of Louvain

Introduction by Joachim Gossow, Chief Executive Officer, International World Games Association

  • Ivo Ferriani, President, International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF)
  • Joachim Gossow, Chief Executive Officer, International World Games Association
  • Wojciech Andrzejczak, American football coach
  • Krisztián Kulcsár, President, Hungarian Olympic Committee
  • Stefan Kürten, Director of Sport, European Broadcasting Union (EBU

12:30  - 13:15           PLENARY SESSION: HOW WILL EUROPEANS ENGAGE IN SPORT IN THE FUTURE?

Moderated by Michelle Tanner, Head of Sport & Recreation at Trinity College Dublin

  • Niels Nygaard, Vice-President, European Olympic Committees
  • Graham Watson, President, EuropeActive
  • Adrian Beiu, Senior Account Executive, SAP
  • Christian Sachs, Head of public affairs office, German Olympic Sports Confederation  (DOSB)

13:15  - 13:30          CONCLUDING REMARKS, EUROPEAN COMMISSION

                                             Yves Le Lostecque, Head of Sport Unit, DG EAC, European Commission

13:40 - 15:00           NETWORKING LUNCH