EU MINISTERS OF SPORT MEETING: SPORT INNOVATION AND SPORT DIPLOMACY

Created on Friday, 21 May 2021 15:21:06

On the 17 May, the 27 EU Ministers of Sport met in the European Council and exchanged on two sport-related trending topics: sport innovation and sport diplomacy.

SPORT INNOVATION

Innovation was recognised as a driver for almost two-thirds of Europe’s economic growth over the recent decades and, therefore, conclusions on sport innovation were approved by the Council.

Acknowledging the role that sport innovation can play in increasing citizens’ participation in sport and physical activity, in protecting sport integrity, and in tackling match-fixing and doping, the conclusions adopted invite member states to support projects enhancing innovation, as well as good practices, research, and development initiatives in the field of sport innovation.

SPORT DIPLOMACY
EU Ministers of Sport recognised the concept of sport diplomacy as part of the diplomatic toolkit of the EU’s global counterparts and, in this regard, the necessity to develop a EU sport diplomacy strategy.

After a word of introduction given by both Thomas Bach, IOC President, and Ms. Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, UN Assistant Secretary General for Policy coordination and interagency affairs, all countries recognised sport as a catalyst for extension of external relations and promotion of European values.

They suggested other key elements that should be included in the future EU sport diplomacy strategy. Among them, Italy, Spain, Poland and Sweden suggested to promote sport diplomacy through the European Sport Model. Furthermore, Luxembourg raised a question about Tokyo 2020 and the possibility for EU Ministers of Sport to attend the event despite the current sanitary conditions. Also, several countries greeted the letter initiated by Finland and signed by the 27 MSs, that was sent to Commissioner Gabriel in January 2021, asking the Commission for a common European approach in the field of Human Rights as part of major sporting events organisation.

Partner Network

Four new partners join the office (Rugby Europe, ENGSO, LEN and FIFA)

The European Handball Federation (EHF) becomes partner of the office

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) becomes partner of the office

The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) becomes partner of the office

The Czech Olympic Committee becomes partner of the office

The European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) becomes partner of the office, bringing the total partnership to 23

The European Basketball Federation (FIBA Europe) becomes partner of the office, bringing the total partnership to 24

The British Olympic Association (BOA) becomes partner of the office, bringing the total partnership to 25

The NOC of Portugal becomes partner of the office, bringing the total partnership to 26

​The NOC of Croatia becomes partner of the office

​The NOC of Lithuania becomes partner of the office

The NOC of Cyprus becomes partner of the office

The Belgian NOC becomes partner of the office

ASOIF becomes partner of the office

The NOC Poland becomes partner to the office

IBU becomes partner to the office, bringing the total number of partners to 31 !

 

 

 

 

 

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