“Preparatory Actions and Special Events” by the European Commission, 2009/13

“Preparatory Actions and Special Events” by the European Commission, 2009/13

European sports policy is still in its infancy. It was not until December 2009 that – with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty – Member States legally recognised the added value of developing a European dimension in sport.

The Commission consequently adopted a “Communication on Developing the European Dimension in Sport” in early 2011.

This Communication defined the EU’s first priorities for sport and iden-tified concrete actions to support them, and we have helped European networks of sport organi-sations and public authorities to promote the exchange of experiences and good practices in sport.

The European Parliament has understood the significance of the European sport policy and driven it forward. The European Parliament initiated the Preparatory Actions and Special Events in the field of sport implemented between 2009 and 2013. The budget of EUR 37 million funded 88 projects aimed at tackling cross-border threats such as doping, match-fixing, violence and intolerance; promoting grassroots and traditional sports; encouraging good governance, volunteering, gender equality, mobility and dual careers of athletes; and at sup-porting social inclusion and health through sport.

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