Successful Strategic Workshop on Good Governance in Lithuania

Successful Strategic Workshop on Good Governance in Lithuania

The first national Strategic Workshop of the SIGGS EU funded project on Good Governance was organised in Vilnius (Lithuania) on Wednesday 13th of April 2016. The event was hosted by the National Olympic Committee of Lithuania and the Lithuanian Union of Sport Federations, and gathered a total of 7 national sport federations including handball, rugby, shooting, rowing, volleyball, equestrian and hockey. Mrs Diana Gudzinevičiūtė, president of the National Olympic Committee, officially opened the event and underlined the importance of implementing good governance principles within sport organisations.

Valentin Capelli and Matthias Van Baelen from the EOC EU Office (coordinator) provided an introduction of the topic “good governance” and gave a presentation of the objectives, methodology and activities of the SIGGS Project. Particular emphasis was put on the innovative self-evaluation tool and particularly on the Roadmaps and Action Plans which have been developed over recent months.
Aurélien Favre from EOSE attended the workshop and as member of the Steering Group of the SIGGS project presented the analysis of the results of the first evaluation round which took place in October-November 2015. He made a focus on the European results of the consultation to highlight the strengths and areas of improvement towards each good governance principle and then focus on the Lithuanian results and specificities to open the discussion. He insisted on the fact that all these results should be carefully taken into consideration as they are self-declarative.

Following this introduction, the Lithuanian Rugby Federation presented under the title “rising power” their internal restructuring process that started in 2013. They underlined the main challenges, priorities, and next steps towards professional management and administration of the organisation, and indicated that the journey is still long but important changes have been made and lead to an improved financial capacity and sporting results of the national team.

Agne Vanagiene from the Lithuanian Union of Sport Federations presented the main findings of a recent research she carried out in the framework of her MEMOS thesis on the implementation of good governance in Lithuanian sport.

The afternoon session was dedicated to group discussions to exchange on the information and results from the morning presentations and to discuss the concrete situation in Lithuania and possible way forwards to be implemented.

To close the event, the second version of the self-evaluation tool was launched with the option to consult the different Roadmaps and to obtain a customised Action Plan.

The next national Strategic Workshop of the SIGGS project is planned to be arranged on 4th of May 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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