On 1 July, Austria took over the 6 month Presidency of the Council of the EU Council. Austria presidency will conclude the trio of presidencies composed with Estonia and Bulgaria (respectively second semester of 2017 and first semester of 2018).
In May, two partners, respectively NOC of Finland and France, visited the premises of the EOC EU Office to organise a study visit in Brussels. The two groups got the opportunity to learn more about EU sport policy by meeting with several representatives of the EU institutions.
“It is essential to maintain the essence of the European sports model, which exists only through a virtuous balance between professional and amateur sport” explained Laura Flessel, French Minister of Sport, on 23 May 2018 during the Council of the EU discussions on the “Commercialisation of Elite Sports and the Sustainability of the European