Sports Archives

  • Engage sports federations in politics

    Opinion 04-01-2013

    Engaging sports movement in politics would be a chance for Europe. In 2010 only 1% of French people were members of a political party - one of the lowest rates among EU member states - while 24% signed up to belong to a sports federation, writes Nadège Chambon.

  • The fight against corruption in sport is a major European issue

    Opinion 05-10-2012

    Without a stricter Europe-wide approach to combat corruption in sport, one of humanity's oldest pastimes risks losing its value, concludes a recent EU-commissioned study by KEA, a Brussels-based consultancy. The think-tank Sport and Citizenship says illegal betting and the recent examples of match-fixing pose among the biggest threats. In the opinion of Philippe Kern, Europe needs stricter laws with new and better methods for prevention, detection and punishment to combat the problem.

  • Parliament mulls EU laws to fight organised crime in sport

    News 18-09-2012

    Plans for an EU-wide legal approach to match-fixing and money laundering in sport are under way, with the European Parliament committee on mafia and organised crime holding a debate on the issue yesterday (17 September).

  • EU at the Olympics: An invisible powerhouse

    Opinion 26-07-2012

    The London Games should confirm the EU’s position as a major soft power (at least in its sportive dimension), despite the global financial turmoil and economic crisis on the Old Continent, writes Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski.

  • Ukraine, Poland end highly-politicised football cup

    News 02-07-2012

    Most commentators were positive about Ukraine and Poland's hosting of the Euro 2012 football championship, despite media badmouthing of Kyiv and a boycott at the political level over the imprisonment of the country's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

  • Ukraine rejects accusation of racism in stadiums

    News 06-06-2012

    A Ukrainian diplomat yesterday (5 June) slammed a BBC documentary depicting the presence of racism and hatred at stadiums in his country. The documentary was released just days before Friday's start of the Euro 2012 football cup, which Ukraine is co-hosting with Poland.

  • Poland, Ukraine denounce calls for Euro 2012 boycott

    News 04-05-2012

    Poland and Ukraine, which are co-hosting the Euro 2012 football championship in June, strongly criticised European politicians who said they would not attend matches played in Ukraine in sign of protest against the imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

  • Merkel to boycott Ukraine football tournament

    News 30-04-2012

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel could cancel her visit to Ukraine during the Euro 2012 football tournament in June if jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is not released by then, Germany's Der Spiegel magazine reported yesterday (29 April). 

  • Ski teachers ‘Green Card’ tests EU job mobility goals

    News 17-04-2012

    European Commission plans to introduce a professional card for ski teachers valid across all participating EU countries is creating jitters among a profession that was until now largely protected by national rules.

  • Poland, Ukraine ‘ready’ for Euro 2012

    News 23-03-2012

    Poland and Ukraine have completed preparations to co-host the Euro 2012 European Football Championship, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said at a joint press conference with his Ukrainian counterpart, Mykola Azarov.

  • Commission eyes EU regulation of online gambling

    News 07-09-2011

    Policymakers and operators alike are broadly in favour of introducing EU-wide legislation to govern the online gambling market. But common rules should not prevent member states from regulating online gambling as tightly as they want, participants in a European Economic and Social Committee conference heard yesterday (6 September).

  • Euro 2012 heralds Ukraine debt catastrophe

    Special Report | News | Europe's East 06-09-2011

    Preparations for the Euro 2012 football championships, which Ukraine is set to co-host with Poland, have been mishandled and could result in a foreign debt catastrophe for Kyiv, independent experts have warned.

  • EU funding for sports ‘must increase’: Report

    News 01-09-2011

    Annual funding for the EU's sports policy must increase dramatically if it is to be fully effective, an independent evaluation has concluded. But the European Commission will not decide how much money to allocate to its future sports programme until the autumn. 

  • Online gambling: EU puts Germany under pressure

    News 20-07-2011

    Germany may have to relax its draft gambling law to give online gaming firms more scope to operate following criticism from Britain and Malta and rulings by the European Union's top court.

  • Russia’s Winter Olympic Games: Stepping up to the sustainability challenge

    Opinion 26-05-2011

    Global sports events like the Winter Olympics can and must contribute to mitigating environmental damage, writes Dmitry Chernyshenko, president and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, pointing to vast differences in environmental consciousness in the EU and Russia which the organisers hope Sochi will help change. 

  • UK Lords back EU budget for sports

    News 07-04-2011

    Sport should be granted specific funding from the EU budget as it helps to deliver major policy objectives in areas like health, education and employment, argued a report published by the UK's House of Lords yesterday (6 April), giving weight to the European Commission's bid to ensure that the EU's new sports programme is adequately funded.  

  • Re-elected Platini pledges to control football spending

    News 24-03-2011

    UEFA President Michel Platini this week (22 March) pledged to continue his efforts to keep a lid on club spending and combat match-fixing and crowd violence following his re-election as president of European football’s governing body. 

  • Betting chief: EU gambling market ‘needs harmonised rules’

    Interview 23-03-2011

    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. 

  • EU gambling market ‘needs harmonised rules’

    News 23-03-2011

    An EU-wide public consultation on the future of Europe's fast-growing online gambling industry, to be published by the European Commission tomorrow (24 March), 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. 

  • EU gambling consultation must create ‘competitive landscape’

    News 16-03-2011

    An upcoming EU-wide public consultation on the future of Europe's rapidly-growing online gambling market must create a "competitive landscape" for betting firms, Khalid Ali of the European Sports Security Association (ESSA), told EURACTIV in an interview.

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

    Interview 16-03-2011

    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. 

  • Finns offer inspiration for EU health, sports policy

    News 23-02-2011

    Finnish policymakers were yesterday (22 February) in Brussels to outline how innovative projects in the south of the country can inspire similar action at EU level, revealing how prescribing exercise rather than drugs can improve public health. 

  • Commission mulls cap on football transfer fees

    News 23-02-2011

    EU Sport Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has described as "incredible" some of the recent multimillion euro transfer fees paid for professional football players. In an interview with EURACTIV, she announced that the European Commission will look into the possibility of taking action, including capping fees.

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

    Interview 23-02-2011

    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.