About: EU sports policy

Agrifood 19-02-2019

Navracsics: ‘Health lifestyle is more than sport’

EU Sport Commissioner Tibor Navracsics praised the involvement of "a wide range of actors" in promoting physical activity in Europe, and called on the private sector to ensure that healthy choices are easier and more affordable for everyone.
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Economy & Jobs 10-11-2015

Good governance in sport and betting

"Good governance in sport and betting" explores the relationship between sports and the regulated betting industry and their role in the fight against match-fixing and corruption in sport. It examines the different approaches implemented so far by a range of stakeholders, including the regulated betting industry, sport organizations, regulatory and law enforcement bodies, national and international policy institutions and player organizations to detect, deter and punish those that seek to manipulate sporting events for financial gain.
Sebastian Vettel
Sports 30-09-2015

F1 teams file EU complaint over ‘unlawful’ revenue sharing

The Sauber and Force India teams have filed a complaint with European Union authorities about what they see as unfair and "unlawful" practices in Formula One's governance and distribution of revenues.
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Sports 18-09-2015

The Sustainable Financing of Grassroots Sport – Hosted by the European Lotteries

The European Lotteries Association is a proud partner of the European Week of Sport, with its members providing sustainable funding of more than €2 Billion to European sport each year.
Sports 19-06-2015

Physical activity touted as medicine for mental illness

SPECIAL REPORT / A new report on physical activity in Europe underlines the positive impact of exercise for the body and the mind.
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Sports 18-06-2015

Physical inactivity costs estimated at €80bn per year

SPECIAL REPORT / EU member states spend on average €80.4 billion each year in treatment of diseases caused by lack of exercise, according to a new report unveiled in Brussels on Wednesday (17 June).
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Sports 17-06-2015

Employees told to get up and exercise at work

SPECIAL REPORT / A growing number of European companies are trying to create a healthier work environment for their employees, by encouraging them to get out of their chairs during work hours.
Tibor Navracsics
Sports 16-06-2015

Navracsics: ‘Lack of physical activity can cost over €31bn per year’

SPECIAL REPORT / Lack of exercise can burden economies and health systems, with recent projections suggesting the costs for the European Union as a whole could amount to 31 billion euros per year, according to Tibor Navracsics.
Sports 15-06-2015

Physical activity seeking wider policy recognition

SPECIAL REPORT / While the economic benefits of physical activity are widely documented, policymakers still struggle to translate scientific evidence into policy, health experts say.
Sports 16-09-2014

Including people with intellectual disabilities in the workplace

SPECIAL REPORT: About 300 scholars, athletes and policymakers gathered on Monday (15 September) at the Special Olympics scientific symposium to discuss new and better ways to include people with intellectual disabilities in the labour market.
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Health 16-09-2014

Tim Shriver: Intellectually disabled people still face mocking, humiliation

Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver welcomed the EU's initiatives to promote social inclusion through sport, but warned that intellectually disabled people are still facing “mocking, humiliation, denial of medical care, denial of education” across the continent.
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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 12-09-2014

Commissioner Vassiliou: Sport is a crucial means of encouraging social inclusion

Commissioner Vassiliou said the lack of exercise is a problem affecting all social groups that is why the Commission will have a dedicated budget for sports activities as part of the new Erasmus+ programme. The European Commission is also a partner in the special Olympics European summer games 2014 that are taking place in Belgium from 2-20 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.
11-09-2014

Special Olympics torch stops in Brussels EU’s district

SPECIAL REPORT: The Olympic flame arrived for the first time in Belgium as part of the Special Olympics European summer games on Tuesday (9 September), turning attention to an event few people in the EU sphere had heard of until now.
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Health 11-09-2014

Parliament welcomes Special Olympics flame

After traveling 450 km across 15 Belgian cities for four days, the Special Olympics torch arrived in Brussels on Tuesday.
Sports 10-09-2014

European ‘Special Olympics’ kick off in Belgium

SPECIAL REPORT: Athletes with intellectual disabilities will be able to compete in different sports for the next ten days, at the Special Olympics European summer games in Belgium.
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Health 09-09-2014

EU funds Special Olympics with €1.7 million

2,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from 58 countries are set to compete in 10 Olympic Sports.
Androulla Vassiliou
Sports 13-09-2013

Vassiliou: ‘Europeans should get out of their chairs more often’

Some 60% of Europeans seldom engage in sport or physical activity, says EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, who urges Europeans to get out of their chairs to help combat obesity.
Sports 05-10-2012

The fight against corruption in sport is a major European issue

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.
Sports 18-09-2012

Parliament mulls EU laws to fight organised crime in sport

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).
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 07-04-2011

UK Lords back EU budget for sports

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.  
Sports 23-02-2011

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

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. 

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