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Climate change 06-06-2019

Why France’s Total will not sponsor the Olympics in Paris

Although it has not yet made its decision public, France's oil company Total will not be a partner of the 2024 Paris Olympics. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Economy & Jobs 14-03-2019

Taking back control: Empowering women and girls through sports

World champions and Olympic athletes are helping empower school girls through sports to become leaders in their communities, thanks to an EU funded project.
Economy & Jobs 12-03-2019

Sport can help bring Europeans together, education expert says

In a period when Europe appears to be increasingly divided, sports can help bring people together and promote social integration, the president of the International School Sport Federation (ISF) and education expert Laurent Petrynka told EURACTIV in an interview.
Getting Europe Moving
Health 18-06-2015

Getting Europe Moving

A new study shows the costs of ‘doing nothing’: the inactivity time bomb is killing 500,000 Europeans, and costing over € 80 billion per year. ISCA (International Sport & Culture Association) is campaignin to get 100 million Europeans to move more by 2020. Read the full report and find out what you can do to help get Europe moving at http://inactivity-time-bomb.nowwemove.com.
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Azerbaijan 01-06-2015

Baku – 2015 First European Games

From the shores of the Caspian Sea come the Baku 2015 European Games. Take an exclusive look at the Joel Peissig-directed promotional video for the most significant addition to the international sporting calendar in 50 years. See the stars of Baku 2015 and the sights of Azerbaijan’s beautiful capital city. Join the excitement at #Baku2015, #BiginBaku and #HelloBaku. See the film, and rise to the occasion.
Children
Health 12-06-2014

Vassiliou introduces European sports week

The European Commissioner responsible for sport, Androulla Vassiliou, has unveiled plans for a European Week of Sport, with the first week taking place in September 2015.
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Health 19-09-2013

Vassiliou: EU should promote physical activity and a week of sport

Androulla Vassiliou, commissioner for education, culture and sport, recently launched an initiative on physical activity and called for a 'European Week of Sport'. She said that participation in sports and physical activities was one of the most effective ways of staying physically and mentally fit, and referred to the ancient Greek saying ‘A healthy mind in a healthy body’.
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 26-07-2012

EU at the Olympics: An invisible powerhouse

The London Games should confirm the EU’s position as a major soft power (at least in its sportive dimension), despite the global financial turmoil and economic crisis on the Old Continent, writes Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski.
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

Finns offer inspiration for EU health, sports policy

Finnish policymakers were yesterday (22 February) in Brussels to outline how innovative projects in the south of the country can inspire similar action at EU level, revealing how prescribing exercise rather than drugs can improve public health. 
Sports 18-02-2011

FIFA loses fight to block free TV sports coverage

Major sports events such as the football World Cup will be available to all television viewers in Britain and Belgium after global soccer governing body FIFA lost a legal challenge yesterday (17 February) against a European Commission decision to ensure free TV coverage of lucrative tournaments.
Sports 04-02-2011

EU court case could herald TV sports rights revolution

Broadcasters cannot prevent consumers in the UK from using cheaper foreign satellite TV equipment to watch Premier League football matches as this breaches EU law, an adviser to Europe's highest court said yesterday (3 February), paving the way for a potential revolution in the sale of media sports rights in Europe.
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 14-01-2011

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 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 15-11-2010

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. 
Sports 07-10-2010

Only a truly licensed and regulated gambling market can prevent corruption and match fixing

With the European Commission readying its Green Paper on online gambling, the recent cricket betting saga highlighted the need for European regulation that will allow bookmakers to continue to innovate and maintain their integrity, writes Khalid Ali, secretary-general of the European Sports Security Association (ESSA), in an opinion piece sent exclusively to EURACTIV.
Sports 11-06-2010

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.
Sports 11-06-2010

Soccer? Football? However you say it, the Yanks are coming

"The 2010 World Cup, which kicks off today (11 June) in Johannesburg, will present a number of intriguing match-ups that will play out on green grass, not on international waters, in conference rooms, or through diplomatic backchannels," writes William P. Bohlen, director of communications at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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