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.
On Tuesday June 16, the incoming trio-presidency for the EU council, consisting of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia, presented their joined programme for the next 18 months. Germany will kick-off this new presidency cycle on July 1st and will hold the presidency for the following 6 months.
EuropeActive representatives joined the two-day European Week of Sport Key Players Webinar on 9th and 10th June 2020. National coordinators and partners of the European Week of Sport discussed the different communication strategies and shared best practices for the upcoming campaign on 23-30 September.
While 70% of Europeans want the European Union to do more for health, according to a recent Eurobarometer survey, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that it is of utmost importance to ensure efficient health systems for European citizens; in other words, there has never been a more crucial moment for Europe to invest in health protection and promotion.
Every year during the last week of May, the European Week against cancer is organised to raise awareness around cancer and increase support for the fight against cancer. One of the key initiatives the European Commission is working on in this area is the Europe’s Beating Cancer plan, of which the final version is expected to be published by the end of the year.