FRANCE TAKES OVER THE PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EU

Created on Monday, 10 Jan 2022 10:17:03

On 1 January, France took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU for 6 months until 30 June 2022, for the first time in 14 years, taking it over from Slovenia who presided the past half year.  The French Presidency has launched its official website and an official programme for the time of their leadership, presenting the objectives of their mandate.

The French Presidency has chosen the motto "Recovery, strength and a sense of belonging”, putting forward three ambitions for its programme:

1.    A more sovereign Europe;
2.    A new European model for growth;
3.    A humane Europe;

Sport under the French Council Presidency

Following the 18-month Strategic Agenda from the Council of the European Union, co-developed by the current French Presidency, and the upcoming Czech and Swedish Presidencies, it is mentioned that the trio “will support work towards the recovery of the sports sector” and will “promote its role in society and its power to contribute to the improvement of health, the well-being of citizens and a more inclusive society”.

Various initiatives are already set in motion:

  • Ministerial Conference on sports in childhood (7-8 February) to exchange on good practices and share expertise on the role of physical activity in the development phases of kids and teens;
  • Ministerial Conference with the theme “Toward a Green Deal for Sport” (3 March) to agree on common objectives for sport; 
  • Regarding the European Sport Model: continuation of the debate following Slovenia’s work and the European Commission study (expected to be published early 2022);
  • France will also support the European Commission’s initiative to fight against the piracy of live sporting events;

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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29-30 January 2022
IOC ExCom Meeting
Lausanne

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