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Hotel Marinela Sofia
22 - 23 March 2018

The 2018 edition of the EU Sport Forum will take place on 22-23 March, in Sofia, on the occasion of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Organised yearly, the EU Sport Forum is 'the place to be' in European sport and the main platform for dialogue between the European Commission and sport stakeholders.

Under the banner 'Sport in Europe, investing for future generations,' this year's edition will  have a special focus on the role of sport in international relations and will cover the hot topics in sport today:

  • What is the impact of the Olympic games on the environment?

  • What is the role of sport in fighting climate change and the Paris agreement?

  • What about  promoting European values through sport?

  • How can we break the glass ceiling and help promote gender equality in sport?

Join us, either in person or via web streaming, for discussions on these questions and more. 

Let's shape the future of sport together! 


"This EU Sport Forum will be an opportunity to promote sport as a means to building a better Europe – but also as an instrument to forge strong relationships with our partners across the globe. I look forward to learning about fresh ideas on how we can take our joint work forward."
Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport


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08:15 – 09:45

Participants registration

09:30 – 10:00

Opening of the EU Sport Forum

10:00 – 11:00

Sustainable Sport – 2020, 2022 and 2024 Olympic Games

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00

High-level panel debate: The role of sport in promoting international cooperation

13:00 - 14:30

Lunch break

14:30 – 16:00

Parallel sessions

A. Transfers of players: different aspects and perspectives

B. Sport and Climate Change: how can sport contribute to the Paris Agreement

C. Women in sport: breaking the glass ceiling

16:00 - 16:15


16:15- 17:30

Interactions between sports' governing bodies in professional sport – the impact of the International Skating Union (ISU) case

17:30 - 18:30



09:00 - 10:00

EU Work Plan for Sport 2017-2020. How can EU policies and initiatives help the sport movement?

10:00 - 11:30

Parallel sessions

A. Does sport help the development of cities and regions?

B. Promotion of European Values through sport

C. Opportunities brought by innovation and digital technologies in sport

11:30 – 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 – 12:45

Healthy lifestyle: What follow-up to the Tartu Call for Action?

12:45 – 13:00

Concluding remarks

Live streaming