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/
On the 12th of October at the European Parliament, EU Athletes has participated in the hearing on the draft report “Integrated approach to sport policy: good governance, accessibility and integrity”, organized by the rapporteur, Finnish MEP Hannu Takkula. The statement of EU Athletes’ General Secretary Jeff Reymond and the full video from the meeting is available online: https://alde.livecasts.eu/european-sport-policy
The conference under the title “The fight against doping in the EU legal framework: balance between effective anti-doping
measures and fundamental rights” was held on the 15th of June in Amsterdam.
Anti-doping has been defined as one the priorities in the field of sport for the Dutch Presidency of the EU, who has organized this event. The debate was focused around the questions of the impact of the new EU legislation on data protection on athletes and other current issues related to combating doping in sport. EUA General Secretary Jeff Reymond represented views of athletes on anti-doping system as an invited member of the discussion panel.