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European Commission
News 23 May 2017

EL welcomes the EU work plan for sport 2017-2020

The main sports policy priorities of next years were defined on May 23 by the EU Sports Ministers, in the meeting of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports committee (EYCS) of the Council. The three main priorities set for 2017-2020 are sports integrity, economic dimension of sport and sport and society, whereas the working structures foreseen include expert groups, conferences and seminars, as well as cluster meetings.

The full text of the EU Work Plan for Sport 2017-2020 can be found here.

The main sports policy priorities of next years were defined on May 23 by the EU Sports Ministers, in the meeting of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports committee (EYCS) of the Council. The three main priorities set for 2017-2020 are sports integrityeconomic dimension of sport and sport and society, whereas the working structures foreseen include expert groups, conferences and seminars, as well as cluster meetings.

Welcoming the fact that the priorities in the EU Sports policy Agenda include the economic dimension of sport and the societal aspects of sports, EL Secretary General, Arjan van’t Veer states “EL fully supports the focus on the economic dimension and societal role of sport. Fully recognising the societal role of grassroots sport, we would highlight that importance needs to be attached to its sustainable financing and the factors that might jeopardise it, like illegal betting, as also reflected in the Recommendations of the High level group on Grassroots Sport.”

Arjan van’t Veer states further “Given our strong involvement in the fight against match-fixing, through our commitment to responsible operations, we are also pleased that sports integrity remains high on the EU sports policy Agenda. Considering the significance of the Council of Europe Convention on the manipulation of sport competitions, we trust that there will be a focus on the support of Member-States towards the implementation of the provisions of the Convention, which hopefully will enter into force shortly”.

Having been very much involved in the EU Work Plan 2014-2017, with an Observer Status in the Expert groups Match—Fixing (XG MF) and Economic Dimension of Sport (XC ECO), EL looks forward to contributing once again to the working structures of the EU Work Plan for Sport 2017-2020 with its expertise and constructive input.