Healthy lifestyles and fighting childhood obesity are gaining more importance

More attention is now being given to childhood obesity, with several events taking place in the past couple of weeks on the topic. During these various events, the importance of physical activity as part of prevention measures was highlighted.
 
On July 13th, the Health working group of the ENVI Committee at the European Parliament organized a webinar on healthy lifestyles and fighting childhood obesity.

Slovenia takes on the Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Slovenia started its six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union on July 1st. Its programme will focus on four chapters: the resilience and recovery of the EU; the Conference of the Future of Europe; a union of the European way of life, the rule of law and equal criteria for all; and a credible and secure European Union, capable of ensuring security and stability in its neighborhood.

EuropeActive participates in the European Parliament consultation on the future of EU sport policy

On Tuesday June 29th, MEP Tomasz Frankowski, who is taking the lead on the European Parliament report on the future of EU sport policy, invited stakeholders from across the sport movement to provide input for the report during an online consultation meeting.  
 
Following the introduction by Mr Frankoswki, the representative of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Luka Živić, presented the presidency p

Seminar on Sport Innovation: Beyond Business as Usual

The Portuguese presidency hosted its seminar on Sport Innovation: Beyond Business as Usual on 16-17th June 2021. 
 
In his introductory remarks, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, Portuguese Minister of Education, explained that a lot of economic growth is linked to innovation. It provides opportunities for social cohesion, economic growth, education, the green transition and sustainability.

The European Commission Expert Group on the recovery of the sport sector meets for a second time

On Monday June 14th, the European Commission Expert Group “Strengthening the recovery and the crisis resilience of the sport sector during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic" brought together experts from the EU member states and observers from the sport movement, including EuropeActive, to look at the key challenges for the recovery of the sector.  
 
Following the welcoming remarks of Floor Van Houdt, Head of the European Commission’s Sport Unit, the participants debated the

WHO Webinar – Build forward stronger: opportunities for exercise, fitness and health

COVID-19 severely impacted the ability of individuals to be physically active while also underlining the importance of physical activity for mental and physical health. Because of this, the World Health Organisation is organising a series of eight webinars on ReINVENT & ReBUILD – Working together for a stronger and fairer physical activity and sport system for all.

Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council & HealthyLifestyle4All initiative

Sports ministers gathered on 18th May 2021 during the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council to discuss topics such as sport innovation and diplomacy, but also the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sport, and the upcoming Healthy Lifestyle 4 All Initiative. Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, the Minister of Education of Portugal, emphasized that sport could play an important role in EU foreign policy.