EU Sport Forum 2017

EU Sport Forum 2017

This event is the biggest gathering of stakeholders in the sport sector, with over 350 delegates from EU institutions, Member States, sport organizations and other NGOs participating. This edition was organized by the Maltese presidency on 8-9th of March in St. Julian’s. The main focus was put on grassroots sport, but a number of other issues and currents in the European sport sector, including sessions on good governance and anti-doping was also dealt with.

The Commission’s dedication to use the Forum to engage in a structured dialogue is appreciated, but it is hard to escape the impression that the Olympic movement seems to be a privileged entity claiming to represent sport on many occassions. A wider stakeholder representation and involvement would be more appropriate and surely would benefit the exchanges.

The EU Sport Forum included the networking area, which was a great initiative aiming to foster cooperation between different organizations and EU funded projects around topics of common interest. EU Athletes was there to represent our Erasmus+ Supporting Women Athletes From Europe (SWAFE) project in the “Women in Sport” theme.

More information on the event can be found on the European Commission website: www.ec.europa.eu/sport/events/201700127-eu-sport-forum_en, pictures and videos from the Forum will follow.

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PROtect Integrity Catch-up Round Table in Milan

PROtect Integrity Catch-up Round Table in Milan

The second Catch-up Round Table organized in the frame of our Erasmus+ 2016 PROtect Integrity project has taken place in Milan, 21-22nd of February. The main focus of the meeting was the national cooperation against match fixing and the involvement of player associations within the process. To discuss this topic, we have invited Cassandra Fernandes from the Council of Europe in order to exchange on the added value of the player associations’ involvement in the national platforms. The meeting was equally an opportunity for partners to share their experiences from team visits and implementation the project at the national level. The project staff meeting followed, with the research on the quality of match fixing education, social media campaign planned for the EWoS 2017 and the Dissemination Conference being the main points on the agenda. The final Catch-up Round Table will take place in Stockholm in April. 

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EU Athletes Board Meeting

EU Athletes Board Meeting

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.

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Erasmus+ SWAFE project Kick-off Staff Meeting

Erasmus+ SWAFE project Kick-off Staff Meeting

“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.

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Council of Europe Conference of Ministers Responsible for Sport

Council of Europe Conference of Ministers Responsible for Sport

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/

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