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News from the Council of the European Union

July 2022

Second meeting on the mapping of sustainable sport facilities, 5 July 2022

The Council of the European Union met on July 5th 2022 for the second meeting on the mapping of sustainable sport facilities. This meeting was foreseen by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport between the Council of the EU and the Mulier Institute and brought together researchers, policy experts and stakeholders from the sport movement to work on the environmental sustainability of sport facilities.

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Child Protection in Sport, 23 June 2022

The joint project between the European Union and the Council of Europe “Child Protection in Sport” had its closing event on June 23rd 2022. Its objectives were to support the partner countries in the development of effective public policies for child protection in sport through the implementation of various accountability mechanisms.

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April 2022

Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council, 4-5 April 2022 

Last April, Ministers for culture and media and ministers for sport discussed the European response to the war in Ukraine in their respective policy areas. On this occasion, sport ministers emphasised the role of the sport movement in defending these European values and showing solidarity with the Ukrainian people. 

Following the discussion, the Council approved conclusions on sport and physical activity, a promising lever to transform behaviour for sustainable development. 

Read more about the conclusions on sport and physical activity, a promising lever to transform behaviour for sustainable development here 


November 2021  

The Council adopted conclusions on Lifelong Physical Activity 

In the framework of the adoption of the resolution on the key features of a European sport Model, EU Sport Ministers also adopted conclusions promoting lifelong physical activity. The conclusions highlight the importance of a physical fitness monitoring system that encourages the people to engage in lifelong physical activity, with appropriate individual feedback and tracking of changes in physical fitness. The conclusions call on the member states to voluntary opt for this monitoring system.  

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The Council adopted a Resolution on a European Sport Model 

On 30 November, European Sport Ministers adopted a resolution on the key features of a European Sport Model. The key features include a pyramidal structure, organised sport, structured on a national basis, and by one federation per sport, solidarity with lower-tier sport levels and the promotion of open competitions. This is the first agreement on the key features of the European model of sport based on European values. 

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June 2021

Publication of the Council Conclusions on sports-related violence

The European Council adopted several recommendations regarding sports-related violence ahead of EURO2020. They stress the importance of protecting public spaces and private spaces open to public. Moreover, they call on Member States to preventing and mitigating the dissemination of messages that incite violence, extremism, radicalization and xenophobia.

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