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Health 15-09-2014

Special Olympics opens with focus on medical care

On Saturday, more than ten thousand people gathered at the special Olympics’ opening ceremony in Belgium, where athletes with intellectual disabilities will compete over the coming days.
Sports 15-09-2014

Athletes unite for European Special Olympics opening

SPECIAL REPORT: More than ten thousand people gathered at the Special Olympics’ opening ceremony to watch athletes with intellectual disabilities launch the games, in Heizel, on 13 September.
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Health 12-09-2014

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

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.
Sports 01-09-2011

EU funding for sports ‘must increase’: Report

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. 
Sports 03-02-2011

Sports organisations hail EU media rights plans

Leading sports organisations have backed plans by the European Commission to encourage collective selling of media rights in a bid to ensure that revenue is shared more evenly between sports clubs. But a British MEP expressed fear that the EU will interfere with TV rights for the English Premier League.  
Sports 18-01-2011

Commission unveils first-ever sport package

Combating doping in amateur sport, promoting social inclusion, gender equality and improving the health of Europeans are among the key policy areas to be addressed by the EU's new sports policy. But preparations for the launch were marred by concerns about how much funding would be available for EU sports policies.
Sports 12-01-2011

Sport as development tool promotes solidarity and social inclusion

Sport, as a tool for education, development and peace, can promote cooperation, solidarity, tolerance, understanding, social inclusion and health at the local, national and international levels, according to leading European sports think-tank Sport and Citizenship.

Sports policy could help build ‘European identity’

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.

Sports ministers kick off EU policy dialogue

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

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. 
Sports 06-09-2010

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.
Sports 30-07-2010

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.
Sports 22-06-2010

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.
Sports 20-05-2010

Olympic movement backs EU sports competitions

The EU's upcoming sports programme should support the organisation of sporting events "with a European added value" that combine competition with environmental protection or the promotion of tourism, the European Olympic movement said.
Sports 07-05-2010

Next wave of EU sport projects to total €3 million

The European Commission's second call for transnational European projects in the field of sport will focus on the fight against doping and the promotion of social inclusion and volunteering.
Sports 12-03-2009

EU sport policy

Following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009, the EU is starting major preparations to successfully implement Europe's new competence on sport and develop the bloc's first sports programme, to be launched in 2012.