Sports

Tibor Navracsics
16-06-2015

Navracsics: ‘Lack of physical activity can cost over €31bn per year’

SPECIAL REPORT / Lack of exercise can burden economies and health systems, with recent projections suggesting the costs for the European Union as a whole could amount to 31 billion euros per year, according to Tibor Navracsics.

29-05-2015

Official: The games are an opportunity for Azerbaijan to be more engaged with Europe

SPECIAL REPORT / External relations are very important for Azerbaijan, and the European Games open another door to Europe, Sevinj Hasanova, Deputy Minister of Economy and Industry of Azerbaijan, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

28-05-2015

Simon Clegg: The whole world will be watching the Baku Games

SPECIAL REPORT / The Baku 2015 European Games are a fantastic promotional opportunity for Azerbaijan, as they will be watched not only by the whole of Europe, but in many continents, including China, Simon Clegg, COO of the games, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

26-05-2015

SOCAR executive: The European Games promote a healthy lifestyle

SPECIAL REPORT / By being sponsors to the Baku 2015 European Games, SOCAR, the state oil company of Azerbaijan which employs 60,000 people, wants to promote sports and a healthy lifestyle in the country, Vitaly Baylarbayov, Deputy Vice President of SOCAR, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

25-05-2015

Minister: After the Baku games, Azerbaijan will be an even more popular destination

SPECIAL REPORT / After events such as the Eurovision song contest in 2012, and the Baku 2015 European Games, which start on 12 June, people across the world will know that Azerbaijan is in Europe, Azad Rahimov, Minister of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

12-09-2014

Commissioner Vassiliou: Sport is a crucial means of encouraging social inclusion

Commissioner Vassiliou said the lack of exercise is a problem affecting all social groups that is why the Commission will have a dedicated budget for sports activities as part of the new Erasmus+ programme. The European Commission is also a partner in the special Olympics European summer games 2014 that are taking place in Belgium from 2-20 September.

Androulla Vassiliou
13-09-2013

Vassiliou: ‘Europeans should get out of their chairs more often’

Some 60% of Europeans seldom engage in sport or physical activity, says EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, who urges Europeans to get out of their chairs to help combat obesity.

23-03-2011

Betting chief: EU gambling market ‘needs harmonised rules’

An EU-wide public consultation on the future of Europe's fast-growing online gambling industry must produce "harmonised rules" to govern the market, Sigrid Ligné, secretary-general of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), told EURACTIV in an interview. 

16-03-2011

ESSA: Online gambling creates ‘whole new audience’ for sport

The rapid growth of online gambling is creating "a whole new audience" for European sport, argues Khalid Ali, secretary-general of the European Sports Security Association (ESSA), in an interview with EURACTIV, calling on policymakers to help create "a supportive climate" for betting companies. 

23-02-2011

Commissioner Vassiliou: ‘I’m shocked’ by size of football transfer fees

The European Commission will look into ways to limit and possibly cap football players' transfer fees after the record amount paid for Spain international Fernando Torres by Chelsea (almost 60 million euros), EU Sports Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou told EURACTIV in an interview. 

04-01-2011

Thieule: Sports policy could lead to ‘European identity’

The EU's sports policy is a good basis for constructing a ''common European identity'' and although it may be under-funded, what matters most is political will, Laurent Thieule, president of a leading EU sports think-tank, told EURACTIV in an interview.

03-05-2010

UN expert: EU can boost sport for development

The EU can greatly contribute to the success of a UN platform on sport for development thanks to its experience in carving out sport policy, Wilfried Lemke, special adviser to the UN secretary-general on sport for development and peace, told EURACTIV in an interview.

14-12-2009

NGO: Balanced gender leadership in sport has ‘business benefits’

Sports organisations should strive towards better gender balance among their top executives, as women can generate new business by generating increased 'consumer' understanding and different arguments, says Amanda Bennett, chair of the European Women and Sport group, in an interview with EURACTIV. 

02-10-2009

Irish MEP: ‘Sport can bring EU closer to citizens’

The European Commission should use its upcoming sports competence to bring the EU closer to citizens by sports club twinning, cross-border exchange of minority sports and establishing an Erasmus programme for exchange of sportspeople, Irish MEP Seán Kelly told EURACTIV in an interview.

03-06-2009

OSDD: Life-cycle assessment key to ‘sustainable sports’

Making sport operations and activites environmentally friendly is possible, underlined the director of a French observatory for sport and sustainable development in an interview with EURACTIV.

15-05-2009

Figel’: ‘Sport is not business as usual’

Sport is not simply an economic sector like any other and has specific features that have to be recognised and dealt with at EU level, Jan Figel', the EU commissioner responsible for sport, told EURACTIV in an interview.

22-04-2009

APELS: Media focus on elite sports ‘overshadows social role’

Elite sports deflect media attention away from the educational and social roles of sport, argued Nathalie Rossel, co-founder of the French Agency for Education through Sport, in an interview with EURACTIV.

16-03-2009

ECA: Football clubs need safer balance sheets

While football clubs have not been hit directly by the economic crisis, the time is right to take a closer look at clubs' balance sheets and oblige them to respect a safe ratio between income and cost, argued a representatiive of the European Clubs Association in an interview with EURACTIV.

20-02-2009

Official: Olympic movement backs EU involvement in sport

The EU's future competence on sport should enable more political discussions and avoid further European Court of Justice rulings that challenge the autonomy and specific nature of sports, said the head of the European Olympic Committee's (EOC) new EU office in an interview with EURACTIV.

27-11-2008

NGO: Grassroots sport ‘primary’ in active citizenship

Grassroots sports movements can play a key role in engaging citizens in societal challenges by promoting the instrumental value of sport as a means of delivering better health, social integration and environmental protection, argues a sports NGO in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

18-11-2008

Official: Finnish sports programme to energise the nation

Finland is developing its first national sports programme, Raija Mattila, director of the sports division of Finland's education ministry, told EURACTIV in an interview.

17-10-2008

EU sport programme key to promote social values of sport

A potential future EU competence on sport should be based on social, educational and citizenship values, argues a sports NGO in an interview with EURACTIV.

20-08-2008

FIFA: We’ll convince Commission on national quotas

FIFA is determined to convince the European Commission that imposing the controversial '6+5' rule on football teams does not breach EU law and will benefit the sport by restoring some level of national identity to clubs, combating the over-concentration of wealth in top clubs and guaranteeing equal opportunities to compete in the sector, FIFA's chief of international relations told EURACTIV in an interview.

04-06-2008

Sport ‘can help fight gender discrimination’

Sport can be a powerful tool to empower girls and women to achieve their full potential in society by creating an enabling environment for gender equality, argues the founder of an international fund supporting women's sport programmes in an interview with EURACTIV.