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In the framework of the EU Work Plan for Sport 2017-2020, EuropeActive participated to the Cluster meeting on the economic dimension of sport organised by the European Commission.

The Sport Intergroup in the European Parliament organised a conference on empowering women through sport on Tuesday, April 10th, in Brussels. Yves Le Lostecque, the head of the sport unit in the EC, zoomed in the EC initiatives on empower women through sport, such as, commissioning studies on gender in sport and cooperating with sports federations on gender equality. He told participants that there is a strong consensus between the institutions to make progress on this topic.

The EU Sport Forum 2018 took place this year in Sofia, Bulgaria under the Bulgarian Presidency and was dedicated to “Sport in Europe, investing for the future generation". This high-level 2-day event brought together representatives from the European Commission and the European Parliament, the member states, the Olympic movement, the civil society organisations and further stakeholders. The event was opened by Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Eudcation, Culture, Youth and Sport.

Almost one year ago, on April 26th 2017, the commission presented the European pillar of social rights. It is designed as a compass for a renewed process of upward convergence towards better working and living conditions in the European Union.

The 472th edition of the Eurobarometer is all about sport and physical activity, or more accurately, the lack of it. The main finding of the research is:

‘Nearly half the Europeans never exercise or play sport, and the proportion has increased gradually in recent years’.

From 20 to 24 November 2017, the European Commission is organising the second European Vocational Skills Week. 1355 events are currently taking place in 45 different countries. In Brussels the 3 days conference gathered more than 700 stakeholders. The week success demonstrates the crucial role of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in supporting skills, jobs, innovation and competitiveness.

On 21-22 November, the EU Ministers of Education, Culture, Youth, Sport and Communication met to discuss a wide range of topics.

EuropeActive will participate to the 8th Conference of HEPA Europe on November 15 to 17, 2017 in Zagreb, Croatia. The event is hosted by the Faculty of Kinesiology of the University of Zagreb and cosponsored by WHO/Europe. The conference will address the main theme of “Modern approaches to physical activity promotion and measurements”.

On 19th October 2017, EuropeActive EU affairs team attended the Conference organised by the European FOOD programme at the European Parliament with a key focus on healthy habits at workplace.

According to the latest The Parlemeter poll of people’s views on EU and its institutions, 57% of EU citizens find EU membership beneficial for their country. This share almost reached pre-crisis level.

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