The European Union and Sport

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With the entry into force in 2009 of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Union has now direct responsibility for sport and can intervene by supporting, coordinating or complementing sport policy measures taken by its Member States. The task assigned to the EU is to "contribute to the promotion of European Sporting issues" and to "develop the European dimension in sport".

The EU uses "soft" policy-making instruments, such as dialogue, cooperation, funding for projects and networks, information provision through studies or surveys, consultations and events.

To this extent, EuropeActive is contributing to the development of the European Sport dimension through various ways:

  • As observer in 4 expert groups of the DG EAC, Sport Unit: human resources management in sport, economic dimension of sport, health enhancing physical activity and good governance in sport)
  • As member of the European Week of Sport, EuropeActive contributes to the improvement and promotion of this European initiative
  • As coordinator and partner in EU co-funded projects, through the Erasmus+ programme
  • As a supporter and regular speaker of the Sport Intergroup of the European Parliament


EuropeActive also attends a relatively high number of events organised by the EU institutions and relevant stakeholders to raise awareness of the importance of grassroots sport organisations and the crucial role of the fitness sector in the promotion of active lifestyles.

EuropeActive is:

•    Chairing the High Level Group on Grassroots Sport (2015-2016)
•    Annually participating at t EU Sport Forum and
•    Regularly participating to the meeting of the Sport Intergroup at the European Parliament
•    Founding member of the Advisory Group of the European Week of Sport (since 2015)