First EUA Board Meeting of the year has taken place in Madrid on the 26th of January. The members discussed the latest developments in the EU Athletes policy and the work plan for the next few months. The ISU antitrust case was an important point on the agenda since the European Commission has recognized EU Athletes’ interest in the case by admitting us as the interested third party in the procedure. The final decision will have an implication on a situation of athletes in Europe that EUA represents. Other topics raised included Erasmus+ projects, upcoming UNI World Athletes PDM conference in Paris and anti-doping.
“Supporting Women Athletes from Europe” is an Erasmus+ project on the topic of gender equality, led by EU Athletes in partnership with three player associations: HPVPA (Greece), AJFSF (Spain) and WGPA (Ireland). The project aims to research into and improve the situation of professional and elite women athletes in Europe, particularly by working on the best ways that the player association can represent and provide adequate support for their female members. The project staff has met for the kick-of meeting in Madrid on 25-26th of January to define the work plan for upcoming activities. During the two busy days the project team focused mainly on the preparation of the survey that will be distributed to the athletes in three partner countries and to the athletes’ associations. Discussions also included the preparation for the Big Conference that will take place in Athens in June and will serve as an opportunity to discuss the results of the research as well exchange and present the best practices and ideas.
European Sport Ministers have met on 28-30th of November in Budapest, Hungary for a conference organised by the Council of Europe under its Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport. The main themes of the meeting were the anti-doping, promoting the Convention on match-fixing and good governance in sport. EU Athletes’ policy officer Paulina Tomczyk was there to present our position on anti-doping, with an empasizis on governance deficiencies, lack of appropriate athletes’ representation, neccessity to protect athletes’ rights, inefficiency of anti-doping programmes and need for more research in this field. More pictures and information about the conference can be consulted here: http://epas2016.hu/
EU Athletes’ final Board meeting of the year has taken place on the 15th of November in Dublin. The Board members have discussed the latest developments in work of the organization and future policy priorites, such as ISU anti-trust case, anti-doping crisis, involvement in EU sport policy and Erasmus+ projects. Next meeting will take place in January 2017 in Madrid.
In the frame of our Erasmus+ #PROtectIntegrity project, we had the first Catch-up Round Table, held in Dublin on 14-15th of November 2016. The first purpose of the meeting was to work on communication and social media and how it can be best used by the player associations to spread the integrity message. The second day was dedicated to exchanges on the implementation of the project at the national level and further ideas to improve the campaign. Upcoming Round Tables will be held in Milan and Stockholm and will focus respectively on the Macolin Convention’s National Platforms and addictions.