Sports Archives

  • Official: Finnish sports programme to energise the nation

    18-11-2008

    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.

  • EU sport programme key to promote social values of sport

    17-10-2008

    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.

  • FIFA: We’ll convince Commission on national quotas

    20-08-2008

    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.

  • Sport ‘can help fight gender discrimination’

    04-06-2008

    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.

  • Sport’s role in social development needs analysis

    28-05-2008

    The concrete outcomes of local-level sports projects and activities in terms of intercultural dialogue and social development should be analysed and documented to get public authorities and other stakeholders to help support the current voluntary structures, argues the president of the International Sports and Culture Association Mogens Kirkeby in an interview with EURACTIV. 

  • 2010 Football World Cup ‘an opportunity for Africa’

    03-08-2007

    With the FIFA World Cup due to take place in South Africa in 2010, Europe can use sport as a tool for development and to foster economic activity, argues Jean-Claude Mbvoumin of Culture Foot Solidaire.

  • ‘We need to promote walking and cycling’

    05-07-2007

    The UK based Active Travel programme aims to find synergies between public health objectives and transport policy by simply promoting walking and cycling.

  • Sport associations under-represented in EU obesity platform

    26-06-2007

    The EU platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health still lacks representatives of the physical-activity side of the obesity problem, says Dr Gernot Wainig.

  • ‘Paralympics need more media attention’

    05-12-2006

    Sponsors for athletes with disabilities will arrive faster with more extensive coverage, explain two Paralympic athletes in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Interview: ‘Professional and amateur sport – two different worlds’

    11-10-2006

    The upcoming EU White Paper on sports should focus on amateur sports says MEP Hannu Takkula in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Clear definitions – a prerequisite for coherent EU sport policy

    27-07-2006

    The up-coming EU white paper on sports should give a clear definition of sport and of its multiple dimensions, clarifying the different EU approaches to professional and amateur sport, says researcher Borja García.

  • Robert Madelin: there is a business case for healthy citizens

    21-07-2006

    Those who adopted healthy life as one of the key performance indicators for Lisbon understood that there is a business case for healthy citizens, explains Robert Madelin.

  • Interview – Pekka Puska on Finnish EU Presidency health priorities

    07-06-2006

    Professor Pekka Puska, the Director-General of the Finnish National Public Health Institute / Ministry of Social Affairs & Health says that health in all policies and health of workers will be the two main health themes of the upcoming Finnish EU presidency.

  • Interview with Ann de Mol – Stand up speak up against racism in football

    30-05-2006

    Ann de Mol, a program advisor at the King Baudouin Foundation(KBF), is currently co-ordinating the Europe-wide 
    Stand up Speak up
    campaign against racism in football. Also co-ordinator of the Belgian national Stand up Speak up campaign, she explains the origins and aims of this Europe-wide initiative.

  • Researcher: EU should identify why young people drop out of sport

    14-07-2005

    A study on why young people are dropping out of sport is a high priority for EU countries, says a leading sports science researcher from the WJH Mulier Institute. He also talks about the Eurobarometer survey on EU citizens and sport plus how comparable EU-wide sports participation could be compiled in the future.

  • More comparable data on EU sports participation urgently needed, says German sports studies lecturer

    21-06-2005

    Dr Katrin Petry from the German Sports University in Cologne tells EURACTIV that gathering accurate data about why people stop particular kinds of physical activity would help the EU determine where it can add value to national sports policies.

  • England developing closer links between school sport and clubs

    12-05-2005

    Eurobarometer figures from 2004 on sports participation indicate that as few as 17% of adults across the EU take part in sport at least three times a week. Drawing in sports clubs and families into school sport is proving successful in driving up sports participation, says England’s Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Steve Grainger in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Clash between socio-cultural and single market coalitions “currently a draw”

    25-03-2005

    If approved, the Constitution will be the first time an EU treaty has included an explicit reference to sport. A Danish sports lawyer talks EURACTIV through the legal implications for the embryonic European Sports Policy.

  • Toine Manders – interview

    30-08-2004

    Around 700 European clubs are suspected of
    receiving state aid but the Commission is wary about taking any
    action for fear of a public backlash, says Toine Manders in an
    exclusive interview with EURACTIV.

  • Michel Rocard

    06-08-2004

    Sport, and its balance between professionalism and amateurism, will continue to be determined by the national and international federations and associations, says MEP Michel Rocard in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Michel D’Hooghe, former President of the Belgian football league

    21-06-2004

    Paying volunteers would make organising events
    such as the Olympic Games "nearly impossible", says
    FIFA Executive Committee member Michel D'Hooghe in an
    exclusive interview with EURACTIV.

  • Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Education and Culture

    14-06-2004

    A "real value for money" project is
    how commissioner Reding describes the European Year of
    Education through Sport in an interview with
    EURACTIV.

  • EYES: Focus on Slovenia’s “Hurray, it’s leisure time” project

    24-05-2004

    Following enlargement on May 1, an official from the Slovenian sports ministry tells EURACTIV how the country has been getting on with projects under the European Year of Education programme.

  • Olympics volunteers may be directed to EU projects in the future

    10-05-2004

    Athens 2004 Olympics participants could be directed to EU sports-related or social volunteering activities with their permission, says volunteer manager Olga Kikou in an interview with EURACTIV.

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