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2021/2058(INI) EU sports policy: assessment and possible ways forward

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead CULT FRANKOWSKI Tomasz (icon: EPP EPP) HEIDE Hannes (icon: S&D S&D), FARRENG Laurence (icon: Renew Renew), VON CRAMON-TAUBADEL Viola (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), DA RE Gianantonio (icon: ID ID), SLABAKOV Andrey (icon: ECR ECR), GEORGOULIS Alexis (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 54
Subjects

Events

2021/11/23
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 597 votes to 36, with 55 abstentions, a resolution on EU sports policy: assessment and possible ways forward.

Sport contributes to strengthening European integration and to the EU’s position in international cooperation. COVID-19 has had an adverse economic and social impact on the sport sector. The EU should seek to further develop the European dimension of sport by supporting both elite and grassroots sport, which play a key role in the social, cultural and educational life of European citizens and promote the values of democracy, respect, solidarity, diversity and equality.

Strengthening visibility, cooperation and the mainstreaming of sport in EU policies

Parliament called on the EU to adopt a more holistic approach to sports policy and step-up efforts to mainstream it into other EU policies . With this in mind, it called on the Commission to present a communication on the future of sport and to establish regular structured high-level cooperation with all sport stakeholders and other institutions in order to make more targeted and accountable recommendations for action on current challenges in the sport sector.

Members suggested adding sport to the title of the portfolio of the Commissioner in charge. They called for the creation of an EU sport coordinator who would be the visible reference point for the Commission on this issue. Parliament should play a more active role in sports diplomacy and be more involved in establishing a framework for regular political debate and action on sport.

Enhancing the principles of a European sports model

Members called for a European sports model based on values, voluntary activities and solidarity that recognises the need for a strong commitment to integrating the principles of solidarity, sustainability, inclusiveness for all, open competition, sporting merit and fairness. They accordingly strongly opposed breakaway competitions that undermine these standards and endanger the stability of the overall sports ecosystem.

Recognising the role of federations in governing their sport and sports clubs as the foundation of a European sports model offering everyone the opportunity to engage in sport locally, the resolution highlighted the need for more targeted and increased solidarity and more financial redistribution, as well as exchanges in skills and know-how, especially between professional and grassroots sport. Sports federations to implement a solidarity mechanism based on a fair and binding distribution method that ensures the adequate funding of amateur and grassroots sport.

Parliament also insisted that major sporting events should no longer be awarded to countries where these fundamental rights and values are repeatedly violated.

Ensuring safe, inclusive and equal sport

The Commission and the Member States are called on to involve all relevant stakeholders in ensuring that sports policy and legislation support gender equality, with particular attention to tackling all forms of violence and harassment , gender stereotypes, low visibility and media coverage, and disparities in wages, premium pay and awards. Members expressed support for the social inclusion of persons with fewer opportunities, refugees, ethnic minorities and the LGBTQI+ community in sport. Funding should be increased for people with disabilities and children should be safeguarded from abuse.

The fundamental rights of athletes should be protected, including their representation in decision-making, freedom of association, collective bargaining and non-discrimination.

The resolution stressed a zero-tolerance approach to racism and violence in sport . The Commission, Member States and federations should develop measures to prevent such incidents and to adopt effective penalties and measures to support victims.

Public authorities are called upon to develop sports facilities , and to increase the number of hours devoted to physical education, active breaks and extracurricular physical activities in schools, while instigating a change in mentality in the recognition of the importance of sport as a school discipline.

Helping sport to ensure a successful recovery

Members insisted on the need for support and dedicated funding mechanisms to get the sport sector and all sports back on track in the wake of COVID-19, including through national support funds, the Recovery and Resilience Facility and EU structural funds. The EU institutions are urged to considerably increase the budget dedicated to grassroots sport under the Erasmus+ programme in the next financial programming period.

Supporting the transition to a sustainable and innovative future

The resolution underlined that in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, new ways of organising sporting events should be envisaged using the digital technologies available. Members called on the Commission to effectively tackle the growing problem of illegal streaming of live sport events without delay.

Documents
2021/11/22
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2021/11/08
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary
Details

The Committee on Culture and Education adopted an own-initiative report by Tomasz FRANKOWSKI (EPP, PL) on EU sports policy: assessment and possible ways forward.

Sport plays a key role in the social, cultural and educational life of European citizens and promotes values such as democracy, respect, solidarity, diversity and equality. It must be inclusive and open to all regardless of age, gender, disability or cultural and socioeconomic background.

Strengthening visibility, cooperation and the mainstreaming of sport in EU policies

Members called on the EU to adopt a more holistic approach to sports policy and step up efforts to mainstream it into other EU policies. With this in mind, they called on the Commission to set up regular high-level structured cooperation with all sports stakeholders and other institutions to deliver more targeted and accountable recommendations for action on the current challenges facing the sport sector. The report suggested adding sport to the title of the portfolio of the responsible Commissioner. It also called for the establishment of an EU sport coordinator who would be the Commission’s contact on the issue and a visible reference point. The increased involvement of Parliament is called for in order to provide a framework for regular political debate and action on sport, and on parliamentary scrutiny and monitoring with regard to the implementation of the strategic goals.

Enhancing the principles of a European sports model

Members called for a European sports model that recognises the need for a strong commitment to integrating the principles of solidarity, sustainability, inclusiveness for all, open competition, sporting merit and fairness, and accordingly strongly opposes breakaway competitions that undermine these standards and endanger the stability of the overall sports ecosystem.

Recognising the role of federations in governing their sport, the report highlighted the need for more targeted and increased solidarity and more financial redistribution, as well as exchanges in skills and know-how, especially between professional and grassroots sport. Sports federations to implement a solidarity mechanism based on a fair and binding distribution method that ensures the adequate funding of amateur and grassroots sport.

Members stated that the German club ownership model based on the 50+1 rule (whereby private investors are only allowed to own up to 49% of the shares) has served German football well and should be considered as a possible example of best practice as other countries seek to enhance their own models.

Ensuring safe, inclusive and equal sport

The Commission and the Member States are called on to involve all relevant stakeholders in ensuring that sports policy and legislation support gender equality , with particular attention to tackling all forms of violence and harassment, gender stereotypes, low visibility and media coverage, and disparities in wages, premium pay and awards. Members expressed support for the social inclusion of persons with fewer opportunities, refugees, ethnic minorities and the LGBTQI+ community in sport. Funding should be increased for people with disabilities and children should be safeguarded from abuse. Member States are urged to increase the amount of physical education, including daily physical activities, active breaks and extracurricular physical activities in schools.

Helping sport to ensure a successful recovery

Members insisted on the need for support and dedicated funding mechanisms to get the sport sector and all sports back on track in the wake of COVID-19, including through national support funds, the Recovery and Resilience Facility and EU structural funds. The EU institutions are urged to considerably increase the budget dedicated to grassroots sport under the Erasmus+ programme in the next financial programming period.

Supporting the transition to a sustainable and innovative future

The report underlined that in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, new ways of organising sporting events should be envisaged using the digital technologies available. Members called on the Commission to effectively tackle the growing problem of illegal streaming of live sport events without delay.

Documents
2021/10/26
   EP - Vote in committee
2021/09/14
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2021/08/02
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2021/05/20
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2021/03/23
   EP - FRANKOWSKI Tomasz (EPP) appointed as rapporteur in CULT

Documents

Activities

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La politique des sports de l’Union européenne: bilan et pistes pour l’avenir - EU sports policy: assessment and possible ways forward - Sportpolitik der EU: Bewertung und mögliches weiteres Vorgehen - A9-0318/2021 - Tomasz Frankowski - Proposition de résolution (ensemble du texte) #

2021/11/23 Outcome: +: 597, 0: 55, -: 36
DE IT FR PL ES RO BE BG PT AT NL IE EL HR SK FI LT CZ DK HU LV SI MT CY LU EE SE
Total
93
75
79
52
54
33
20
17
18
19
28
13
18
12
14
14
11
21
14
21
8
8
6
6
6
7
21
icon: PPE PPE
176

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Hungary PPE

1

Latvia PPE

2

Malta PPE

2
2

Luxembourg PPE

2

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1
icon: S&D S&D
138

Greece S&D

For (1)

1

Lithuania S&D

2

Czechia S&D

For (1)

1

Latvia S&D

2

Slovenia S&D

2

Cyprus S&D

2

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

2
icon: Renew Renew
97

Italy Renew

3

Poland Renew

1

Austria Renew

For (1)

1

Ireland Renew

2

Croatia Renew

For (1)

1

Finland Renew

3

Lithuania Renew

1

Hungary Renew

2

Latvia Renew

For (1)

1

Slovenia Renew

2

Luxembourg Renew

2

Estonia Renew

3
3
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
72

Poland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Spain Verts/ALE

3

Belgium Verts/ALE

3

Portugal Verts/ALE

1

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Netherlands Verts/ALE

3

Ireland Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

3

Lithuania Verts/ALE

2

Czechia Verts/ALE

3

Denmark Verts/ALE

2

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Sweden Verts/ALE

3
icon: The Left The Left
38

Belgium The Left

For (1)

1

Portugal The Left

4

Netherlands The Left

Abstain (1)

1

Finland The Left

For (1)

1

Czechia The Left

1

Denmark The Left

1

Cyprus The Left

2

Sweden The Left

For (1)

1
icon: ECR ECR
63

Germany ECR

1

Romania ECR

1

Bulgaria ECR

2

Netherlands ECR

4

Greece ECR

1

Croatia ECR

1

Slovakia ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

1

Latvia ECR

2
3
icon: NI NI
36

Germany NI

2

Netherlands NI

Against (1)

1

Slovakia NI

Abstain (1)

2

Lithuania NI

1
icon: ID ID
68

Austria ID

3

Finland ID

2

Czechia ID

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Denmark ID

Abstain (1)

1

Estonia ID

Abstain (1)

1
AmendmentsDossier
204 2021/2058(INI)
2021/09/14 CULT 204 amendments...
source: 697.530

History

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  • The European Parliament adopted by 597 votes to 36, with 55 abstentions, a resolution on EU sports policy: assessment and possible ways forward.
  • Sport contributes to strengthening European integration and to the EU’s position in international cooperation. COVID-19 has had an adverse economic and social impact on the sport sector. The EU should seek to further develop the European dimension of sport by supporting both elite and grassroots sport, which play a key role in the social, cultural and educational life of European citizens and promote the values of democracy, respect, solidarity, diversity and equality.
  • Strengthening visibility, cooperation and the mainstreaming of sport in EU policies
  • Parliament called on the EU to adopt a more holistic approach to sports policy and step-up efforts to mainstream it into other EU policies . With this in mind, it called on the Commission to present a communication on the future of sport and to establish regular structured high-level cooperation with all sport stakeholders and other institutions in order to make more targeted and accountable recommendations for action on current challenges in the sport sector.
  • Members suggested adding sport to the title of the portfolio of the Commissioner in charge. They called for the creation of an EU sport coordinator who would be the visible reference point for the Commission on this issue. Parliament should play a more active role in sports diplomacy and be more involved in establishing a framework for regular political debate and action on sport.
  • Enhancing the principles of a European sports model
  • Members called for a European sports model based on values, voluntary activities and solidarity that recognises the need for a strong commitment to integrating the principles of solidarity, sustainability, inclusiveness for all, open competition, sporting merit and fairness. They accordingly strongly opposed breakaway competitions that undermine these standards and endanger the stability of the overall sports ecosystem.
  • Recognising the role of federations in governing their sport and sports clubs as the foundation of a European sports model offering everyone the opportunity to engage in sport locally, the resolution highlighted the need for more targeted and increased solidarity and more financial redistribution, as well as exchanges in skills and know-how, especially between professional and grassroots sport. Sports federations to implement a solidarity mechanism based on a fair and binding distribution method that ensures the adequate funding of amateur and grassroots sport.
  • Parliament also insisted that major sporting events should no longer be awarded to countries where these fundamental rights and values are repeatedly violated.
  • Ensuring safe, inclusive and equal sport
  • The Commission and the Member States are called on to involve all relevant stakeholders in ensuring that sports policy and legislation support gender equality, with particular attention to tackling all forms of violence and harassment , gender stereotypes, low visibility and media coverage, and disparities in wages, premium pay and awards. Members expressed support for the social inclusion of persons with fewer opportunities, refugees, ethnic minorities and the LGBTQI+ community in sport. Funding should be increased for people with disabilities and children should be safeguarded from abuse.
  • The fundamental rights of athletes should be protected, including their representation in decision-making, freedom of association, collective bargaining and non-discrimination.
  • The resolution stressed a zero-tolerance approach to racism and violence in sport . The Commission, Member States and federations should develop measures to prevent such incidents and to adopt effective penalties and measures to support victims.
  • Public authorities are called upon to develop sports facilities , and to increase the number of hours devoted to physical education, active breaks and extracurricular physical activities in schools, while instigating a change in mentality in the recognition of the importance of sport as a school discipline.
  • Helping sport to ensure a successful recovery
  • Members insisted on the need for support and dedicated funding mechanisms to get the sport sector and all sports back on track in the wake of COVID-19, including through national support funds, the Recovery and Resilience Facility and EU structural funds. The EU institutions are urged to considerably increase the budget dedicated to grassroots sport under the Erasmus+ programme in the next financial programming period.
  • Supporting the transition to a sustainable and innovative future
  • The resolution underlined that in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, new ways of organising sporting events should be envisaged using the digital technologies available. Members called on the Commission to effectively tackle the growing problem of illegal streaming of live sport events without delay.
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  • Sport plays a key role in the social, cultural and educational life of European citizens and promotes values such as democracy, respect, solidarity, diversity and equality. It must be inclusive and open to all regardless of age, gender, disability or cultural and socioeconomic background.
  • Strengthening visibility, cooperation and the mainstreaming of sport in EU policies
  • Members called on the EU to adopt a more holistic approach to sports policy and step up efforts to mainstream it into other EU policies. With this in mind, they called on the Commission to set up regular high-level structured cooperation with all sports stakeholders and other institutions to deliver more targeted and accountable recommendations for action on the current challenges facing the sport sector. The report suggested adding sport to the title of the portfolio of the responsible Commissioner. It also called for the establishment of an EU sport coordinator who would be the Commission’s contact on the issue and a visible reference point. The increased involvement of Parliament is called for in order to provide a framework for regular political debate and action on sport, and on parliamentary scrutiny and monitoring with regard to the implementation of the strategic goals.
  • Enhancing the principles of a European sports model
  • Members called for a European sports model that recognises the need for a strong commitment to integrating the principles of solidarity, sustainability, inclusiveness for all, open competition, sporting merit and fairness, and accordingly strongly opposes breakaway competitions that undermine these standards and endanger the stability of the overall sports ecosystem.
  • Recognising the role of federations in governing their sport, the report highlighted the need for more targeted and increased solidarity and more financial redistribution, as well as exchanges in skills and know-how, especially between professional and grassroots sport. Sports federations to implement a solidarity mechanism based on a fair and binding distribution method that ensures the adequate funding of amateur and grassroots sport.
  • Members stated that the German club ownership model based on the 50+1 rule (whereby private investors are only allowed to own up to 49% of the shares) has served German football well and should be considered as a possible example of best practice as other countries seek to enhance their own models.
  • Ensuring safe, inclusive and equal sport
  • The Commission and the Member States are called on to involve all relevant stakeholders in ensuring that sports policy and legislation support gender equality , with particular attention to tackling all forms of violence and harassment, gender stereotypes, low visibility and media coverage, and disparities in wages, premium pay and awards. Members expressed support for the social inclusion of persons with fewer opportunities, refugees, ethnic minorities and the LGBTQI+ community in sport. Funding should be increased for people with disabilities and children should be safeguarded from abuse. Member States are urged to increase the amount of physical education, including daily physical activities, active breaks and extracurricular physical activities in schools.
  • Helping sport to ensure a successful recovery
  • Members insisted on the need for support and dedicated funding mechanisms to get the sport sector and all sports back on track in the wake of COVID-19, including through national support funds, the Recovery and Resilience Facility and EU structural funds. The EU institutions are urged to considerably increase the budget dedicated to grassroots sport under the Erasmus+ programme in the next financial programming period.
  • Supporting the transition to a sustainable and innovative future
  • The report underlined that in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, new ways of organising sporting events should be envisaged using the digital technologies available. Members called on the Commission to effectively tackle the growing problem of illegal streaming of live sport events without delay.
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