EU Study on Sport and Regional Funds – Workshop in The Hague

Created on Friday, 08 Apr 2016 15:36:21

The consortium led by CSES and Blomeyer & Sanz that is working on the study on sport’s contribution to structural funds’ priorities, commissioned by DG EAC of the European Commission, organised a workshop on 8 March 2016 in The Hague. This was deemed as an occasion to discuss preliminary findings of the study, take first conclusions for sport organisations and policymakers and look forward to future activities.

First project director Mike Coyne presented first findings. He pointed out that there was a large amount of evidence that sport and physical activity contributed to the priorities of the structural funds, with particular effectiveness in some areas. He described the range of projects and amount financing is large and pointed to national differences in which funds were primarily used in sport. He also presented a detailed typology of interventions.

Subsequently, representatives from the Portuguese region of Anadia, the Winter Sports Research Centre in Sweden and of a Dutch-German INTERREG project on fitness in the job place presented their projects and the way that they used structural funds.

In a final panel discussion the main findings as well as an outlook to how to use the study in the future were discussed. Felix Schäfer represented the EOC EU Office and emphasised that the different treatment of sport related applications in EU member states posed a problem and should be tackled by clear communication to managing authorities. He also recommended actions on both sides, i.e. advice on the application for and use of funding, but also an increased effort by the European Commission to inform and communicate the benefits of sport projects to managing authorities. Additionally, in the next funding period, sport should be explicitly included in the regulations for Structural and Investment Funds.
The next steps of the study are the finalisation of the report until the beginning of April and the structure for the Sport Action Network that is intended to connect interested parties and strengthen sport’s case in the structural funds.

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Information on the Workshop including presentations

Partner Network

Four new partners join the office (Rugby Europe, ENGSO, LEN and FIFA)

The European Handball Federation (EHF) becomes partner of the office

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) becomes partner of the office

The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) becomes partner of the office

The Czech Olympic Committee becomes partner of the office

The European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) becomes partner of the office, bringing the total partnership to 23

The European Basketball Federation (FIBA Europe) becomes partner of the office, bringing the total partnership to 24

The British Olympic Association (BOA) becomes partner of the office, bringing the total partnership to 25

The NOC of Portugal becomes partner of the office, bringing the total partnership to 26

​The NOC of Croatia becomes partner of the office

​The NOC of Lithuania becomes partner of the office

The NOC of Cyprus becomes partner of the office

The Belgian NOC becomes partner of the office

ASOIF becomes partner of the office

NOC Poland becomes partner of the office, bringing the total number of partners to 30

 

 

 

 

 

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