Organised by the former Dutch EU Presidency nearly 20 Member States representatives met beginning of December in order to discuss the follow-up of the declaration on Major Sport Events (MSE) adopted end of May 2016. The sport was represented Folker Hellmund (IOC/EOC) and Julien Zylberstein (UEFA).
From the Olympic Movement perspective the following aspects should be taken into account:
One main objective of the initiative should be to restore the trust of governments and the population in major sport events. The negative referenda on Olympic Games in some European countries (GER, NOR, SWI) could be regarded as an alert and should trigger common efforts to keep Europe as an excellent host for future MSE.
It is most likely that the topic of MSE will be taken up at the Sport Forum (8/9 March) in Malta.