EU Athletes took part in the 2019, EU Sport Forum on 8-9th of April in Bucharest, Romania. The EU Sport Forum provided the platform for structured dialogue between the European Commission and various sport stakeholders from across Europe. The Forum’s main objective was to take stoke of progress achieved in implementing the EU agenda for sport and to seek stakeholder’s views on current and planned/possible future activities.
The Forum supplied interesting panel discussions with various stakeholders from across the sporting community who offered their expertise on current topics surrounding sport in Europe. There were particularly interesting topics for EU Athletes and its members on doping in sport, the rights of athletes, the role of federations in promotion of European sport, and justice in sport amongst various other topics.
For the first time at the EU Sport Forum the topic of athletes’ rights was granted a panel session, ‘Are the rights and interests of athletes sufficiently taken into account by sport governing bodies?’. This Panel, which EU Athletes own Paulina Tomczyk had the opportunity to be a part of, along with other player associations FIFPro Europe (represented by Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, Secretary General) and the NHLPA (represented by Sandra Monteiro, Chief of Global Business Strategies) provided interesting dialogue and discussion into the rights and protection of athletes. Some of the topics discussed during this session covered the labour rights of athletes, social dialogue and athlete representation as a whole.
The third edition of the World Players Association – World Player Development Conference was hosted by FIFPro in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands from 2 – 4 April 2019.
The conference brought together more than 100 of the world’s leading player development professionals and player association executives from 47 countries and more than 13 different sports to learn from internationally recognized experts. A number of EU Athletes member associations participated in the event, allowing them to exchange views and experiences with other player associations’ representatives from around the World.
This conference was a unique opportunity to share the work done in Europe on player development and dual career support for professional players and elite athletes.
“Our members at EU Athletes are at the front line when it comes to developing programs to support players on dual career issues. We have great examples in many countries including Ireland, UK, Spain or Sweden. This conference allowed everyone to share their own experience and to also collect lots of information to improve their own program. We are now looking forward to the next conference in two years”.
Paulina Tomczyk, EU Athletes General Secretary
The conference also highlighted the importance of such a forum for player associations:
“The amount of work that is being done in different countries and sports the field of player development is simply amazing and fascinating. It goes from induction seminars to face-to-face education programs or mental health support for players. We are all gaining a lot from a gathering like this one. We then can all go back to our association and evaluate what works and what can be improved. It’s really beneficial”
Camille Delzant, UNFP and EU Athletes Board Member
The next forum will take place in the U.S, in 2021.
Find out more about EU Athletes PDM project on player development here
EU Athletes took part in the first steering meeting for the new project coordinated by the University of Nicosia – Combating Match Fixing in Club Football Non-Competitive Matches, at the European Office of Cyprus on Thursday, 28 March. This ongoing project is co-funded by the European Union through the Erasmus+ Program.
The project started this year and will conclude in December 2021, aiming to act upon a growing body of evidence of match-fixing in non-competitive matches at the lower level of the professional club game. There is a genuine need for the issue of fixing in non-competitive football matches to be the subject of serious analysis and for solutions in terms of governance reform and educational tools to be developed to combat the problem.
The project will address these issues by researching and investigating the level of the problem, developing governance and organizational solutions at a pan-European level and educational tools for key targets, notably players, clubs and national associations. The project will benefit other sports at a pan-European level as the findings and solutions developed for football can have significant areas in common with other sports.
EU Athletes, alongside footballers’ unions from Cyprus, Greece and Malta, will provide insight into instances of suspicious approaches of players in non-competitive matches. In addition, EU Athletes will provide support in developing educational tools to warn players and other stakeholders of the dangers posed by match fixers in non-competitive matches.
EU Athletes took part in the KCOOS+ 2018-2020, 2nd
Advisory meeting of Contributors and Associate Partners hosted by the Council
of Europe – Brussels Office on Friday, March 8th.
The Keep Crime Out Of Sport- “against manipulations of sports competitions” is a technical assistance project coordinated by the Council of Europe. KCOOS+ builds upon the previous EU-COE joint project KCOOS. Project KCOOS+ explores innovative approaches to combating the manipulation of sports competitions and accompany countries in the development of National Platforms, legislation and co-operation and coordination measures. It is worldwide project, therefore expanding the scope of expertise exchange and technical assistance, which will see the project run until December 2020.
The goal of the 2nd Advisory meeting
of Contributors and Associate Partners was to disseminate the overview of 2018
activities, assess relevant associate partners projects that can work in
coordination with KCOOS+ and the council of Europe and discuss the next steps
to the project for 2019.
EU Athletes, along with other relevant associate partner projects, presented its’ ongoing PROtect Integrity Plus Erasmus+ project to see where synergies and the possibilities of coordination with the KCOOS+ project could be found. EU Athletes who represents the perspective of professional and elite level sportspeople in Europe, believes that athletes are a part of the solution and their involvement is essential to combating the manipulation of sports competitions. Additionally, in possible coordination with KCOOS+, the PROtect Integrity project can foster national cooperation in a complementary way, coordinate actions and exchange relevant information regarding activities and developments in particular countries.
The next stages of the project will continue with expanding the scope of expertise exchange and technical assistance to various countries.
EU Athletes is a partner in the new EU-financed project under ERASMUS+, namely Integrisport ERASMUS+ which has its official launch on 30-31 January 2019 in The Hague, during the project’s first steering committee meeting. The meeting was hosted by The Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security, one of the beneficiary countries of the project and the operational schedule and relevant organisational matters were discussed and decided.
IntegriSport Erasmus+ will run from January 2019 until
December 2020 and aims to catalyze the efficiency of sport-manipulation-related
crime investigation and prosecution activities by providing awareness raising
on all aspects of the manipulation of sports competitions in Cyprus, Finland,
Hungary, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Portugal and Slovakia.
partnership is completed by: EU Athletes who represents the perspective of
professional and elite level sportspeople; GLMS, the sports
integrity body of the global lottery sector, which brings its expertise on betting and betting monitoring;
and Aix-Marseille University, which has a vital role in research
activities. Partner organisations in particular will add credibility to
the project by including their network and expertise.
Integrisport Erasmus+ was one of two projects regarding
fighting sport manipulation (match fixing) which was funded by the European
Union through Erasmus+ Sport in 2018 and is unique in its approach to targeting
notably law enforcement and the judiciary.
As the Partners of the Project agreed during the
meeting, Integrisport Erasmus+ will not only raise the awareness of law
enforcement and judicial authorities in the participant countries, but should also
establish a standard level of knowledge as a benchmark for law enforcement and
the judiciary in the field of tackling sports manipulations. These standards
would be able to be used globally henceforth in the fight against criminals in
The Council of Europe, as the
organization with the only international, legally binding text in this domain
that notably criminalizes manipulations of sports competitions, through its
Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions and its concept of
national platforms, in which law enforcement and the judiciary would and do
participate, welcomed the project and was also present at the meeting.
The organisation supports the
development of Integrisport through the Macolin Roadmap and creating synergies
with the KCOOS+ project.
Stichting CSCF – Counter Sport Corruption
Foundation for Sport Integrity
GLMS – The Global Lottery
Aix-Marseille University (Centre for Sports Law)
Council of Europe (TMC and KCOOS+)
Cyprus Police, Cyprus
Center for Integrity in Sports (FINCIS), Finland
Response and Special Police Force, Hungary
Tax and Customs Administration, Hungary
of Justice and Security, the Netherlands
Department of Physical Education and Sports, Lithuania
Ministry of Justice – Judicial Police, Portugal
of the Police Force, Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic