Committee on Culture and Education – Study requested by CULT Committee, commissioned and managed by the Policy Department – ‘EU sports policy: assessment and possible ways forward’ – Presentation by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mittag from the German Sport University Cologne and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Roland Naul from the University of Münster

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Sport has a growing impact both on the European Union economy and on society as a whole. EU’s responsibilities in the field of sport are limited to support, coordinate or complement Member States’ activities. In large terms, EU sports policy encompasses activities of the EU institutions and the Member States and the activities of the European sporting federations and other European interest organisations.

A presentation of the study, organized by the EP’s Policy Department for Structural and Cohesion Policies was held on 22 June 2021 and focused on the following issues:

  • Changes in European sports policy and politics since the Lisbon Treaty
  • Current aspects of European sports policies and politics: political, economic and socio-cultural dimension as well as current issues and hot topics
  • Results from the Europe-wide Delphi study of the perceptions of key sports stakeholders regarding the past, present and future of the sector in the EU
  • Policy recommendations allowing to deliver effectively on the priorities for sports policy.

The debate that followed the expert’s presentation referred to, among others:

  • need for stronger competences in the field of sport for Members States and the EU as a whole
  • enhancement of sports-related initiatives of the EP, in particular in terms of sports diplomacy
  • European sport model based on solidarity, volunteerism and stronger cooperation between EU institutions
  • tackling dark side aspects of sport such as doping, corruption, child abuse, etc
  • societal and cultural role of sport
  • challenges related to sports funding
  • role of sport in fighting all forms of discriminations
  • well-being of and dual career opportunities for young sportspeople
  • greening of sport.


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‘EU sports policy: assessment and possible ways forward’


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