The EU Sport Forum 2018 in Sofia promoted sport as a means to building a better Europe

The EU Sport Forum 2018 in Sofia promoted sport as a means to building a better Europe

On the 22nd and 23rd of March the EU Sport Forum 2018 took place in Sofia on the occasion of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council.
Hosted by EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, the event gathered 380 participants representing sport organisations, policy-making bodies, EU institutions and Member States.

Organised yearly, the EU Sport Forum is ‘the place to be’ for European sport and the main platform for dialogue between the European Commission and other key sport stakeholders. EOSE was represented by two volunteer: Mr Ivan Slavchev, EOSE national ambassador in Bulgaria and Mr Thierry Zintz, EOSE President.
Under the banner ‘Sport in Europe, investing for future generations,’ this year’s edition had a special focus on the role of sport in international relations and covered several current topics. The Forum provided the opportunity for our president to meet with several representatives of the world of Sport, such as the Director of EU-EOC Office, Folker Hellmund, the vice-president of EU Athletics Jean Gracia, and more specifically with Mister Chu Bo, Director of Policy at the State General Administration of Sport of the Peoples Republic of China.

Interestingly, the Forum supported the “No Women No Panel” Campaign, ensuring female representation in all panels and provided a set of topics and panel sessions that enabled more in-depth discussions.

It also allowed Commissioner for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport, Tibor Navracsics to unveil the 2018 Eurobarometer of Sport. This document shows that levels of participation have not changed substantially since the previous Eurobarometer survey in 2014. In fact, the proportion of those who say they never exercise or play sport has slightly increased from 42% to 46% Europe-wide, and this is a continuation of a gradual trend since 2009. The Commissioner said:

The new figures show how vitally important it is to continue our efforts to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles. I strongly encourage all actors, from public authorities to sports organisations, to intensify their efforts and work together.


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