The European dimension in sport
The latest version of the European treaties, the Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force in 2009, gives the EU new competence in sports policy.
In 2011 the European Commission published its first strategy paper on the European dimension in sport, which serves as a basis for policy in this domain.
Parliament commented on the report, thus setting out its own position for future reference.
What was the Greens' position?
The Greens believe that institutionalised sport should bring people together fostering integration between people from all social backgrounds and of all ethnic origins or genders, regardless of their disabilities and across national borders.
We highlight the 'grass roots' dimension of sport, stressing that it should be an integral part of citizens' everyday lives.
At the same time, competitive sports at all levels must be seen to be fair. The greater sports' media exposure and underlying economic interests happen to be, the more important it becomes to ensure their financial integrity and guarantee their respect for employment legislation.
The outcomes of sporting fixtures or competitions must never be dictated by unregulated online gambling consortiums or other dubious or corrupt practices, like match-fixing.
Did other MEPs accept the Greens' position?
Which points did the Greens lose?
Overall, the Greens were satisfied with the result of the negotiations.
Since education and culture are largely national competences and the EU only serves as a facilitator between the Member States, conflict over issues in these domains is rare.
Lead MEP:Santiago Fisas Ayxela (EPP)
Green MEP responsible:Oriol Junqueras Vies
Staff contact:Frédérique Chabaud (Email)
Outcome of the vote
Below you find the results of the final vote in plenary. How did the political groups vote? What about national delegations? And what was the position of your MEP?