The European economy entered a sudden recession in the first half of this year with the deepest output contraction since World War II. To counter the spread of COVID-19, major containment measures were introduced around the world, voluntarily shutting down large parts of the economy. A string of indicators suggests that the euro area economy has operated at between 25% to 30% below its capacity during the period of the strictest confinement. Overall, the euro area economy is forecast to contract by about 8 ¾% in 2020 before recovering at an annual growth rate of 6% next year.
On 7th July 2020, the EU Commission released a Report on the implementation of the Work Plan for Sport 2017-2020. The main goal of the Plans is to promote and develop cooperation in sport policy between EU institutions, Member States and sport stakeholders, focusing on a specific number of activities with a clear EU added value.
Last week the National Stakeholders Seminars (multiplier sport event) of the project National Fitness Day for Europe (NFD_EU) took place in our partners countries. The seminars are an important part of the project, aiming to bring together relevant stakeholders to promote and establish a National Fitness Day campaign in September in our partner countries.
The 6th edition of the #BeActive campaign (2020 European Week of Sport) was launched during the Olympic Day on June 23rd. The Week promotes active lifestyles through a variety of events around Europe organised by the National Coordinating Bodies and Partners, including EuropeActive. The Week’s mission is to encourage Europeans to improve their physical and mental well-being, enrich their communities and empower themselves to be more active on a regular basis.
On Wednesday 1st July, Germany took over the six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union. With the very symbolic motto “Together for Europe’s recovery”, overcoming the current COVID-19 pandemic is a key focus for the German Presidency. Germany is also committed to reach a swift agreement on the recovery fund and a rapid adoption of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).
On Wednesday 1st July, the European Commission presented the new “European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience”.
The EuropeActive EU Affairs team has attended several online events in the last few weeks on relevant topics covering Skills and Education and Health Enhancing Physical Activity policy areas. From the CEN 136 WG2 Fitness Centres meeting earlier this month, moving into the EU Commission Sport Unit Policy Breakfast, and ending up with the Expert Group on Skills and Human Resources guidelines, EuropeActive has activity promoted the great work that has been done so far during these challenging times.
EuropeActive attended on Monday, 15th June the first online edition of the European Commission’s Sport Unit Policy Breakfast. Despite its virtual format, the event allowed participants to pursue their permanent dialogue with the EC’s Sport Unit, discussing what was achieved in the previous months and what is planned for the future.
FAIR+ project partners met online on 16-17 June to discuss the two projects’ technical expert groups (TEGs) surveys. TEG1 survey will investigate the prevalence of doping in recreational sport and the psychological considerations behind its use, whereas TEG2 survey will provide a review of anti-doping education programmes and activities targeting recreational coaches by reaching out National Anti-Doping Organisations, International Federations and other sport and fitness organisations.