Development of Human Capital at the heart of the Latvian EU Presidency event

Development of Human Capital at the heart of the Latvian EU Presidency event

On the 16th of February 2015, the international conference “Sport and Physical Activity for Development of the Human Capital” took place at the National Library of Latvia in Riga. The event was planned and delivered by the Latvian Presidency in partnership with the European Commission and brought together 130 participants – EU leaders in the world of sport and representatives from sports organisations from 29 European countries.

Being the key sport-related event of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the conference functioned as an instrument for implementing the European Work Plan for Sport 2014-2017 and featured an extensive list of speakers who highlighted the role of grassroots sport in promoting social integration, reducing inequality and developing skills for employability. This came as an echo to Mr Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport, address at the EU Sport Forum in Milan in December 2014.

EOSE was represented on the conference by Mrs Vilma Cingiene, Executive Board Member, who made a presentation on “The role of public, voluntary and private providers as an opportunity to take one step up”. Furthermore EOSE Director of Development, Mr Stephen Studd, as well as EOSE members from Hungary and Bulgaria were also in attendance.

Welcoming address was done by the Minister for Education and Science of Latvia, Mrs Marite Seile, who underlined the importance of both educational work with youth and urban development. It is noteworthy that the opening statement reflected the EOSE position of the power of sport as a social and economic driver.
Discussion and presentations focussed on one of the three priorities in EU work plan – Sport and Society that highlights the links of sport to employment, education and training. Sport’s capacity to contribute to the quality of life was analysed. Many case studies of good practice were highlighted, not least from Latvia itself where the growth of street games such as the Ghetto Games and Street workout were highlighted.
The plenary sessions were followed by workshops with three strands:
• Sport and social environment
• Sport for the quality of life
• Education and Learning through sport
These sessions raised questions and presented case studies of good practice and ideas but did not propose solutions to the measurement of the outcomes.


The final intervention was made by Jens Nymand-Christensen, Deputy Director of DG EAC. He informed that the European Parliament had set sport the challenge to demonstrate/prove the impact it can have on young people. In particular he highlighted that the number 1 priority for the EU is youth unemployment running now at 25% and up to 50% in some countries for the 18-25 age group.

During the conference, EOSE Director of Development had an opportunity to meet and discuss the future cooperation with representatives of several organisations.
As the EU Sport Directors meeting organised under the Latvian Presidency, took place a day after this raised the level of involvement of Ministerial representation in the event. In addition, the Expert Group on Human Resource Management –where EOSE is represented by Stephen Studd- was held on the second day alongside the Sport Directors meeting.

 We strongly believe that one of the biggest achievement of this conference was probably the fact that it focused on such a topic  and the importance of Human Ressources in sport. We hope that the event event will lay foundation and serve as a point of reference and EOSE network will make sure to further raise awareness about promising appraoch to workforce development.

*Special credit to both ENGSO Youth and the Latvian Presidency of the European Union for the official pictures

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