Commission: Integration, social inclusion ‘key’ in new EU sports plan

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This article is part of our special report Special Olympics 2014.

Integration and social inclusion will be “key aspects” in the new EU plan for sports, head of the European Commission Sport’s Unit Yves Le Lostecque has said.

“Together with member states, we have now a new work plan for sportsm which will be implemented in the three coming years. Integration and social inclusion is one iof the ‘key aspects’ of the EU work plan for sports.” said European Commission Sport’s Unit Head Yves Le Lostecque.

According to Le Lostecque, sports events like the Special Olympics games will be funded through Erasmus+, a new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport.

“There is nothing existing in sport which is legally binding to member states. But we use our political instruments in order to promote this policy. In the future, we will have a new tool, Erasmus+, which is a new programme that will offer us many new opportunities to promote sports for intellectual and physical disabilities.” Le Lostecque added.

Aimed at boosting skills and employability, as well as modernising education, training, and youth work, Erasmus+ is a seven year programme with a budget of €14.7 billion.

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