Opinion Factsheet 

Mainstreaming sport into the EU agenda post-2020

Opinion Number: CDR 1664/2018
Rapporteur: PELLA Roberto
Commission: SEDEC
Status: Adopted
Date: 10/10/2018
Boost the role of local and regional authorities in the promotion of physical activity and sport for all, including people with disabilities, through investment in participation in the European Week of Sport (EWoS) and new activities;
Support the mainstreaming of sport into the EU agenda post-2020, including in the context of the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF);
Call for a more innovation-friendly environment for the EU sports industry in order to stimulate technological innovation and the setting up of businesses with a focus on innovative community-based technology;
Invite the European Commission to consider:
under the umbrella of a future European Social Fund, dedicated funds for physical activity and sport;
increasing funding for Erasmus + sport programme, with a possible focus on specific settings such as schools;
supporting campaigns to promote healthy dietary practices and increasing the consumption of fruit and vegetables through the annual calls on the Promotion of Agricultural Products;
identifying, within the relevant forums, appropriate mechanisms to improve the existing collection of data on health indicators, as well as data on interventions and actions put in place by cities.
Tthe rapporteur has been very active in promoting the Opinion and attracting interest on the proposals from other EU institutions and stakeholders in the field of sport policy.
A joint cooperation was developed by the CoR with UEFA focusing on EU funding for sport. The President of the CoR and the UEFA First-Vice President signed a joint declaration on the occasion of the dedicated confernce co-organised at the CoR on 28 November 2018.
The CoR rapporteur participated in several high-level events, including the EU Sport Forum in Bucharest on 8-9 May 2019 and the CoR was invited to the meeting of the EU Directors-General for sport in Constantza during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

- highlights the fact that sport is not a marginal sector, but rather a priority area for EU investment, as alongside competitive activities, the definition of sport nowadays also fully encompasses the areas of motor activity and physical activity, which are useful not only in terms of increasing sporting activity itself, but also in promoting health and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle;

- points out that the role played by sport in the economy and in contemporary society – including following the economic crisis experienced by EU – entails significant benefits for local and regional authorities;

- points out the opportunity to propose measures and to adopt practical tools with a view to "Mainstreaming sport into the EU agenda post-2020", through:

• considering it essential to introduce more explicit guidelines also under "Erasmus+", on the need to boost sport beginning with compulsory education;

• calling for the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) to support employment, particularly youth employment, through start-ups or technological innovation platforms in the sector and to boost basic grassroots sport with the help of a new generation of small-scale sports infrastructures and facilities;

• promoting gender equality through sport for more effective sport policies to increase the percentage of participation;

• calling that the above-mentioned initiatives be considered in the negotiations for the next Multiannual Financial Framework with sport being effectively mainstreamed into the EU agenda post-2020;

• further calling for a discussion on the appropriateness of eventually establishing a Sports Programme.



Conference on the Economic Dimension of Sport: "Sport for Growth and Employment"

The CoR rapporteur, Mr Roberto Pella participated as a speaker in the conference on the economic dimension of sport organised in Vienna by the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU to mark the beginning of the European Week of Sport (23-30 September 2018).
The CoR rapporteur welcomed the fact that the Austrian presidency considers sport a priority and referred to the social and health dimensions of sport alongside its economic impact, estimated as 2% of EU's GDP and accounting for 7.3 million jobs.

21 Sep

Stakeholders consultation

The rapporteur of the opinion, Mr Roberto PELLA (IT/EPP), Mayor of Valdengo, together with his expert, Ms Chiara SPINATO, met with representatives of sport and physical activity organisations and other important stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on the relevant topics related to Mainstreaming sport into the EU agenda post-2020.

21 Jun
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