Discover our office history and our activities

Who we are

The EOC EU Office is the representation of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) to the European institutions. It represents furthermore the interests of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other major sport organisations at national, European and international level.

What we do

  • Identify, monitor and analyse policy topics of relevance to sport at EU level and EU-funding opportunities for sport organisations
  • Inform our partners on ongoing developments at European level and potential impact/interest for sport
  • Provide support for and promote the interests of our partners at EU level
  • Organise and attend events, seminars and conferences
  • Manage EU sport-related projects and coordinate sport organisations active in EU projects

Which policy areas we cover

  • Societal role of sport, including: environment and climate, gender equality, education and training, health, physical activity, social inclusion, equal opportunities and volunteering
  • Economic dimension of sport, including: employment, licensing, media rights, online piracy, regional development, competition policy, state aid and taxation policy
  • Integrity of sport, including: safe sport, the fight against corruption in sport, against doping and against match-fixing
  • Financing of sport, especially the sustainable financing of sport and funding opportunities for sport provided by the EU-funding Programmes
  • Good Governance in sport and the organisation of sport in general



The office was established in 1993 as "EU Office of German Sports" in Brussels.


During the following years, the Europeanisation of the office took place as sport organisations from other EU countries started to join.

Following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and the first EU competence in the field of sport, the decision was taken to transform the office in a real European representation office under the umbrella of the European Olympic Committees (EOC).


On 20 February 2009, the office was officially transformed in the "EOC EU Office". The partner network at the time of establishment consisted of 14 partner organisations. The EOC EU Office was officially opened by Patrick Hickey, President of the EOC, Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Dr. Thomas Bach, President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB).

Funding for the sports in the European Union

The EOC EU Office published the third edition of its Funding Brochure namely “Funding for Sport in the European Union 2021-2027” in October 2021. The Funding Brochure provides key information, identifies relevant sources of funding opportunities and contains practical tips on how to approach the different stages of a project cycle: from project idea to the real management and implementation of an EU project. Accordingly, it provides a range of examples of projects that were successfully financed by the European Union in previous years. Hence, the Funding Brochure aimed to be a timely and concrete guide to assist European National Olympic Committees (ENOCs) and sport federations in understanding the available opportunities under the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027. For full access, please contact us at


Guide to EU Sport Policy

The EOC EU Office has produced the "Guide to EU Sport Policy", which covers the legal framework and all the sport-related topics that the EU is dealing with. For full access, please contact us at

About us

The EOC EU Office is the House of European Sport, representing the European Olympic Committees (EOC), the IOC and other major sport organisations to the European institutions in Brussels.
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