THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTS ITS REPORT ON EUROPEAN SPORTS POLICY: ASSESSMENT AND POSSIBLE WAYS FORWARD

Created on Monday, 29 Nov 2021 15:10:09

On November 24 in Strasbourg, Members of the European Parliament overwhelmingly backed a report on EU sports policy that calls for a European sports model based on “solidarity, inclusiveness, open competition and fairness.” 597 MEPs voted in favour, 36 voted blank and 55 against.

The rapporteur of the report, Thomas Frankowski (EPP, Poland), a former professional football player. The MEP highlighted the need for "more visibility at the EU level to enhance cooperation". Frankowski also added that the health and safety of athletes should be at the centre of sports policy and that countries, where values and human rights are systematically breached, should be banned from hosting big sports events.

Vice-President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, was also present in the plenary debate and along with Frankowski during the introduction. The Commission's Vice-President congratulated the rapporteur and highlighted that this report "represents the future of EU sports policy" and that the European Sports Model should be protected in face of breakaway competitions such as the European Super League.

A dozen of MEPs intervened during the debate, with the majority supporting the report, highlighting its benefits in terms of access to sport education and training, economic and social benefits as well as pandemic recovery. Viola von Cramon (S&D) is the only MEP to have explicitly mentioned the scandal around the disappearance of the Chinese tennis player, Peng Shuai, insisting on the need to protect athletes.

After great cooperation with MEPs involved in drafting the report, the EOC EU Office is very satisfied with the Frankowski report and looks forward to a more inclusive, safe and accessible future for sports in Europe.

 

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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

The NOC Poland becomes partner to the office

IBU becomes partner to the office, bringing the total number of partners to 31 !

 

 

 

 

 

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