Sports Archives

  • London 2012 Olympics to have airport-style security


    Sports fans attending the London 2012 Olympics can expect airport-style security screening at venues, the policeman in charge of safety at the Games said yesterday (13 January).

  • Sports policy could help build ‘European identity’

    Science & Policymaking 06-01-2011

    The EU's sports policy has great potential to build a "common European identity," but is unfortunately under-funded and its success depends on political will, Laurent Thieule, president of a leading EU sports think-tank, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Russia scoops Europe’s 2018 World Cup


    FIFA awarded the 2018 World Cup finals to Russia yesterday (2 December), shattering the hopes of a bemused England and rejecting joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Belgium/The Netherlands.

  • EU promotes volunteering as crisis-beater


    Next year's European Year of Volunteering has the potential to help the EU to emerge from the economic crisis, organisers claimed yesterday (2 December) at the official launch of the initiative in Brussels. But MEPs warned that volunteers should not replace people in paid jobs.  

  • Sports ministers kick off EU policy dialogue

    Science & Policymaking 23-11-2010

    Ministers gathered for the first ever EU Sports Council last week agreed to establish a regular dialogue between representatives of sports movements and EU policymakers. But observers warned that it was not yet clear who was representing the sports movement in Brussels. 

  • Sports policy to fall victim of EU budget row

    Science & Policymaking 19-11-2010

    European Commission officials yesterday (18 November) expressed doubt as to whether they would have enough funding to launch the European Union’s new sports policy after talks on the EU budget for 2011 collapsed. 

  • Commission looks to sports to drive EU Year of Volunteering


    Involvement in sports can drive citizens' involvement in the European Year of Volunteering in 2011, said policymakers at a conference on sport and European citizenship last week. 

  • Report: Discrimination in sports goes unacknowledged


    A new report from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has identified incidents of racism, anti-Semitism and anti-Gypsyism in both amateur and professional football and basketball across the EU 27.

  • UK Lords launch inquiry into EU grassroots sport


    The UK's House of Lords today (20 October) launched an inquiry into grassroots sport and the European Union, ahead of the publication next month of the bloc's first ever sports policy.  

  • Municipalities asked to promote sport for all

    Regional Policy 19-10-2010

    The sports world should collaborate more closely with other areas and help foster social inclusion at local level, according to participants in a conference held by the Belgian EU Presidency last week.

  • Russia seeks to rectify Sochi Games’ toxic image


    The city of Sochi's administration signed up to voluntary green standards last week following scathing criticism from the United Nations' environment agency of construction works underway for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

  • South Africa to build on World Cup legacy


    South Africa must work hard to build on its successful hosting of the soccer World Cup if it is to secure long-term benefits from the event, the country's tourism minister said last week.

  • EU court says Austrian, German gambling curbs illegal


    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled this week against Austrian and German state monopolies which apply restrictions on sports betting, lotteries and other games.

  • MEPs push for grassroots sport


    As the European Commission prepares to table its first ever EU sports programme in November, lawmakers are calling for initiatives to clearly prioritise funding for grassroots activities.

  • EU to study sport’s impact on the economy


    The European Commission plans to assess the macro-economic impact of sport to help design policies that contribute more effectively to the overarching goals of the 'Europe 2020' strategy for growth and jobs.

  • EU asked to investigate drugs in football


    A group of MEPs has asked the European Commission to establish a database to collect information on drugs taken by football players during their careers and to assess the causes of football-related disease, such as the deadly Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

  • EU urged to remove obstacles to boosting volunteering in sport


    As the European Commission prepares to table the first EU sports programme by the end of the year, stakeholders are calling for better recognition of the role of volunteering and want the EU to use the new competencies bestowed on it by the Lisbon Treaty to remove administrative obstacles.

  • Tripartite Bosnian representation exasperates FIFA and UEFA


    Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) could be excluded from playing international football. In football as in politics, the country is represented by its three ethnic entities, but international football bodies FIFA and UEFA have warned that the relationship is unmanageable.

  • World Cup victory ‘may offset recession in Spain’


    While the International Monetary Fund has predicted a 0.4% decrease in the Spanish economy this year, economists note that the euphoria generated by Spain winning the FIFA World Cup for the first time ever yesterday (11 July) may boost growth by up to 0.7%.

  • EU mulls contract law to spur business, consumption


    The European Commission is studying ways to abolish contractual hurdles which prevent companies from doing business across borders, according to a paper seen by EURACTIV. The most far-reaching option on the table includes ambitious plans to introduce a "full-fledged European Civil Code".

  • EU called upon to close ‘physical activity gap’


    The International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) has asked the European Commission to strengthen support for grassroots sport as a way of giving all Europeans the opportunity to be physically active.

  • Parliament wants sports agents to get EU licence


    In a drive to stop illegal practices involving football players' agents, the European Parliament adopted a resolution today (17 June) asking for the introduction of a European licensing system for agents.

  • First ever World Cup in Africa kicks off


    As football fever takes hold of the world for the next month, the majority of South Africans believe in the potential long-term benefits of hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup, such as national unity and improving the country's image as a tourist destination.

  • Sport for development plan adopted ahead of World Cup


    Ahead of the football World Cup in South Africa, which kicks off on Friday, the United Nations (UN) together with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has adopted a series of recommendations on harnessing the power of sport as a tool for development.


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