EOSE contributes to the European Week of Sport Beyond Borders

 

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EOSE contributes to the European Week of Sport Beyond Borders

On the 11th of November 2020 the European Commission organised and hosted an Expert Seminar on the 3rd European Week of Sport Beyond Borders, as an online event. This event particularly focussed on the counties of the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership.

Ben Gittus, EOSE Director of Standards, was invited to speak at the event and present the S2A SPORT MOBILITY project funded under the call co-funded by the European Commission “Exchanges and mobility in Sport” 2019. This project involves cooperation with the Western Balkans and will give the opportunity to 40 sport administrators to take part in a training programme of three modules of 1 week each delivered in Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia. Participants will also undertake a 4-day national study visit abroad to acquire new skills.

Ben discussed the project partnership including universities and national Olympic committees from Western Balkans countries, as well as partners from the EU. Ben presented the phases of the project before discussing the impact of Covid-19 which has meant that face to face events are now planned for the second half of 2021.

The following is a summary of the entire event which was an excellent opportunity to showcase work already done and explore potential for further work in cooperation between EU and Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries in the field of sport.

Welcome words were given by Mr Guglielmo di Cola, Member of the Cabinet of Ms Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture and innovation. A policy introduction followed, delivered by Mr Milos Lalevic, General director for Sport, Ministry of Sports and youth, Montenegro, and Ms Heidi Pekkola, Deputy Director, EOSE EU Office. Mr Lalevic discussed the strong focus on sports policy in Montenegro and commitment to partnership with the EU in area of sports. Ms Pekkola discussed the Olympic movement contribution to the EU Week of Sport.

Mr Yves le Lostecque, Head of the Sport Unit of the European Commission then gave an update on EU Sport Policy: New environment and priorities. This included the EU Work Plan for Sport 2021-2024, the next Erasmus Programme, follow up of the Tartu Call for a Healthy Lifestyle and the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic. EOSE is encouraged by the planned increase to sport funding in the new Erasmus+ Programme and new commitments to mobility and international cooperation in sport.

To finish the introductory sessions Mr Sergey Bubka, President of National Olympic Committee of Ukraine discussed planning for Tokyo Olympics, the need for collaboration and expressed support for enhancements to Erasmus+ Sport.

The following sessions of the event were about sharing of good practice in relation to the European Week of Sport 2020 and activities that had taken place in Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries as well as some countries from the EU, including an example of best practice from EOSE member Sport Malta. The theme of the events that took place was how innovative solutions could be found to deliver events taking account of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

To close the event Luciano Di Fonzo, Deputy Head of Unit, Erasmus Mundus, Sport, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency discussed the future of Erasmus+ Sport and the new legal basis. This will include further opportunity for collaboration outside Europe and a new action in “Capacity Building in the field of Sport” based on multilateral partnerships that aim to support sport activities and policies in Partner countries to promote values and personal and social development of individuals.

EOSE was delighted attend this trans-regional event and be given the opportunity to present the innovative S2A SPORT MOBILITY learning mobility project in sport administration with partners rom the Western Balkans. We look forward to continuing to establish connections and undertake further work to ensure a competent sport workforce in and beyond the European Union.

 
 
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