EU Sport Forum
Kieran McCarthy (IE/EA), SEDEC member and political coordinator participated as a speaker in the Panel Session 1A: "Integration of migrants and refugees: what answers can European grassroots sport provide?" During the debate, the role of regional and local authorities in the provision of sport was highlighted - in particular the call to support the European Week of Sport and to connect structural programmes to sports infrastructure. It was underlined that sport is happening extensively at the local and regional level so local and regional authorities (LRAs) need to play a fundamental role in developing the European dimension of sport. LRAs create a multi-level governance approach that has the potential to be a bridge between EU and local levels, by also helping to reach out to community initiatives such as clubs, schools or parents' initiatives.
The 2016 edition of the Forum tackled key issues facing EU sport including how sport can support the integration of migrants and how to ensure good governance for the world of sport. Participants were updated on and debated EU sport policy and preparations were made for the 2016 edition of the European Week of Sport.