European Sports Forum sets out EU priorities for sport

EPFL CEO CALLS FOR LONG-OVERDUE REFORMS

The EPFL has played a very active and influential role at the two-day European Sports Forum that has just concluded in Budapest, Hungary.

Invited by the European Commission and by the Hungarian EU Presidency, the EPFL CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros has participated in a high-level panel debate on the recent European Commission’s Communication on the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty in the field of sport. Side by side with the EPFL Executive were the EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou and the Sports Ministers of Hungary, Spain, Poland and Belgium, as well as other senior representatives of other leading European and international sports organisations and EU institutions.

Focusing on the most pressing challenges currently facing Sport, the EPFL CEO has made a vigorous call to the European Commission and national Governments to speed up long-overdue reforms in key areas for sport, which Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros considered “absolutely vital to ensure good governance in the organisation of sport, its reputation and the economic viability of the whole sport’s industry“. 

Speaking to an audience of more than 300 sporting organisations, the EPFL CEO warned that “the need for effective legal protection of sports content” – which is self-evidently the main income source of the whole sport movement – “and online sports betting regulation is greater than ever! ” As such, he called the Hungarian EU Presidency to place such issues high at the top of its political agenda, as “top priorities”, and urged the EU Sports Ministers to support a motion for a resolution in this respect, to be adopted at the forthcoming Council of EU Sports Ministers.

Concluding the European Sports Forum, the EU Commissioner in charge of sport has shared the views and concerns voiced by the EPFL and reaffirmed her commitment to continue working with “the sport stakeholders to identify priorities and agree on joint action“.

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