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Health 27-04-2021

French football club FC Metz looks to making its pitch more eco-friendly

At a time when the EU has just raised its climate ambitions, Metz football club, which currently ranks 10th in France's Ligue 1, is trying to curb the heavy carbon footprint that comes with the watering, lighting, and fertilising of football pitches. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 08-04-2021

French rally champion commits to planting one tree for every lap win

Three-time French rally champion Yoann Bonato announced in late March that he would commit to planting a tree each time he sets the fastest time 'scratch' during a 'special', of which there are many during a race. As he will be competing in 17 races in the 2021 season, there is a chance for many trees to be planted. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 30-03-2021

Paris 2024 Olympics on course to being world’s first ‘climate-positive’ sporting event

The Olympic Games to be held in Paris in 2024 will be the "first sporting event in the world" to have a positive impact on the climate, according to the Paris 2024 board of directors, which approved its climate strategy in mid-March. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 08-03-2021

Football can drive green revolution, French group says

Football might not be seen as the most eco-friendly of sports, but a new report suggests it has the potential to become one of the main drivers of the coming green transition, EURACTIV France reports.
Health 16-02-2021

Local, eco-responsible production of sports gear gains ground in France

Whether they are footballs or jerseys, a great deal of today's sports equipment is produced on the other side of the world and is made from plastics and chemicals that are often harmful to peoples' health and the environment. However, the good news is that in France, a trend of local and eco-responsible production is gaining ground. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 09-02-2021

Ex-French rugby player starts green label for environmental feats in sports

The Fair Play for Planet label, which was recently created by former French rugby player Julien Pierre, aims to support and recognise environmental commitment in sports. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 08-12-2020

How sustainable is German football?

There are currently no fans in the stadium. Sad for the fans, but good for the environment, because fans are a burden on the climate. Sooner or later, they will come back, and in the meantime, clubs can take care of their CO2 balance. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 19-11-2020

Climate-conscious football fans not ready to change their ways, says study

A study carried out as part of the Life Tackle project demonstrates that while football fans attach great importance to the environment, their behaviour is not always "climate-friendly". EURACTIV France reports.
Health 09-10-2020

German start-up leads sports clubs towards sustainability

Vanessa Nord believes that a rethinking is underway in Germany's professional sports. In 2019, the 28-year-old founded a company that supports clubs on their way to sustainability: ecologically, socially and economically. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 02-07-2020

New initiative hopes to get football clubs reporting their carbon footprint

As European football leagues began to resume play, the NGO Sport and Sustainability International (SandSI) rolled out a new initiative to get more clubs thinking about their carbon footprint. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 10-06-2020

District league club plants trees to combat economic impact of COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has plunged football clubs into crisis, and to stay afloat, they had to get creative. KSV Eschenrod, a district league club, started a project that benefits both the club and the climate with great success. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 25-02-2020

French stadiums should ban fungicide use this year

Fungicides, which are pesticides used to combat fungi, could be banned from French football stadiums this year. EURACTIV France reports
Health 24-01-2020

Germans push back against green alternatives to artificial football pitches

The EU is considering new curbs on microplastics, a decision which could also affect the synthetic turfs of countless football pitches in Germany. Yet, replacing all surfaces by real grass, although more environmentally-friendly, is hardly feasible. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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.
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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.
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 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 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.