European Parliament elects new Commission, including Commissioner for Sport

Created on Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 15:23:54

On 22 October 2014, the European Parliament gave its final consent to the new team of Commissioners, which will be led by Jean-Claude Juncker from Luxembourg. Their five-year term will start on 1 November.

New EU Commissioner for Sport

The team of Juncker also includes a new Commissioner for Sport. Tibor Navracsics from Hungary will take up this portfolio in combination with Education, Culture and Youth. The nomination of Navracsics had steered criticism in recent weeks, first by the European Parliament which requested Juncker for a change in the portfolio, and secondly, by the European Sports Movement over the fact that sport had been overlooked in the initial version of the Commission.

Folker Hellmund, Director of the EOC EU Office, expressed his approval over the decision to finally include sport in the official portfolio: "It's better late than never. I am happy to see that Mr. Juncker has heard our message, which was backed by the European Parliament. Sport represents 3.7% of European GDP, employs 15 million persons and is essential to social cohesion, public health and economic growth. In times when European society needs exactly that, it makes sense to put sport high on the EU agenda. We are looking forward working with the new EU Commission to help sport brings its full potential to European citizens".

Also Patrick Hickey, President of the EOC, welcomed the inclusion of sport in the final portfolio of the Commissioner: “We are pleased that the role of sport in European society has been properly recognised with this correction and I hope that this is the start of more meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders in Europe who want to place sport higher up on the EU agenda. I am confident that if the EU firmly embraces sport it can be a force for good in Europe’s social development and peaceful coexistence”.

However several other Commissioners will be important for sport, considering the broad range of policy fields on the European Agenda which have a potential impact on sport: health, tax policy, data protection, trade, visa policy, social inclusion, gender equality, regional policy, intellectual property rights, gambling regulation, etc.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Next Event in

Date & Location

23 - 24 March 2021
Erasmus+ Sport Info Day
Online meeting

About Us

The EOC EU Office is the House of European Sport, representing the European Olympic Committees (EOC), the IOC and other major sport organisations to the European institutions in Brussels.

Stay Connected on:

Contact

Please contact us at:

  • info (@) euoffice.eurolympic.org
  • +32 2 738 03 20
  • +32 2 738 03 27
  • Avenue de Cortenbergh 71
  • 1000 Brussels 
    Belgium
     

Go to Contact Page