- Societal role
- Economic dimension
- International cooperation and external relations
- Sport and migrants
Under the political leadership of Commissioner Navracsics, the European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture set up two High level groups on Sport Diplomacy and Grassroots Sport.
Each group was composed of experienced personalities with different backgrounds including academics, former athletes, representatives of major sport organisations and think thanks as well as politicians having exercised high-level responsibilities in the field of sport.
The two High level groups dealt with the following topics:
The group identified how sport can play a more significant role in helping the EU reach its external policy goals as well as how sport could be a tool to promote European values.
The group evaluated the place and the role of grassroots sport in Europe and provided ideas on how the EU could better support grassroots sport.
Each High level group had its own work schedule with specific tasks to be fulfilled by June 2016, including a report with a set of recommendations addressed to the Commission for possible future actions.
The group on sport diplomacy discussed:
The group on grassroots sport discussed:
The two High level groups started their work in the second half of 2015 and delivered important results in the form of reports in June 2016:
It emphasizes sport's potential as a tool for development cooperation and demonstrates that sport diplomacy can help overcome cultural differences and bring people together. The experts have prepared 15 recommendations in 3 areas:
It explored ways to enhance positive fundamental values such as tolerance, integration and intercultural dialogue as well as to measure the economic impact of grassroots sport and make suggestions about how the Commission could better promote grassroots sport through policy initiatives or programme priorities.