what was at stake
green position
what we achieved
what we did not achieve

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?
The Greens successfully incorporated our position into the final text, which also suggested that future European sports policy should focus on issues including women in sport, diversity in sport, traditional sports, internal market issues in professional sport, and institutional and personal integrity in sport.


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.


Procedure:Own-initiative procedure


Lead MEP:Santiago Fisas Ayxela (EPP)

Green MEP responsible:Oriol Junqueras Vies


Staff contact:Frédérique Chabaud (Email)