EOSE participates as Observer in EU Expert Group



EOSE participates as Observer in EU Expert Group

On the 19th of June EOSE was represented by Director of Standards Ben Gittus, at the 6th meeting of the European Commission Expert Group “Skills and Human Resources Development in Sport” (XG HR) which took place online gathering representatives from 26 Member States as well as observer organisations.

This expert group was established under the third EU Work Plan for Sport and the main topics under consideration have been coach education, qualifications and skills, and dual careers. The next EU work Plan for Sport will be developed in the second half of 2020 under the German Presidency of the Council of the EU and future of the Expert Group and the place of the education in sport as a topic on the EU agenda is under review.

Yves Le Lostecque, Head of Sport Unit ate DG EAC, European Commission gave a presentation to update on the Commission’s recent activities and the Commission’s response to the Covid-19 crisis. Yves reported that the Erasmus+ sport budget for the 2020 call for proposal is 70.8 million Euros. It was reported that 1145 project applications were received and the results will be announced at the beginning of October. In relation to Covid-19 there will be a dedicated meeting on the future of sport, and a commissioned study on the impact of Covid-19 on the sport sector.

A presentation was also delivered by the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union related to sport. Planned work was impacted by the Covid-19 situation but notable achievements included the production of Council Conclusions on empowering coaches by enhancing opportunities to acquire skills and competences, and a seminar titled: Why does European sport need skilled and competent coaches.

Following remarks from Guy Taylor who had represented the UK on the Expert Group, members were invited to contribute about achievements of the group, and ideas for the way forward.

EOSE contribution to the discussion concerned the importance of people if the sector is to achieve its potential, and the importance of a skilled and competent workforce and the role of education in that. EOSE believes education should remain a priority area in sport for the European Commission and is ready to support future actions in this area.

Finally Agata Dziarnowska from the DG EAC Sport Unit of the European Commission confirmed her upcoming departure from the Sport Unit. Tributes were made to the fantastic work of Agata over the years and everyone wished her well for the future. EOSE would like to formally record thanks to Agata for high quality support and advice given to the organisation and nice working atmosphere created we also wish her good luck in future roles. The Exert Group meeting finished with an online drink.

For more details on the work of the European Commission in sport see:


EOSE – European Observatoire of Sport and Employment

A new wave for the sport and active leisure sector

Ensuring the right skills in the right place

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