The EU Work Plan for Sport 2017-2020

Following the inclusion of sport in the Lisbon Treaty and in line with article 165 TFEU, the European Union (EU) and the Member States have collaborated to develop a European Sport Policy. In this regards, EU Work Plan for Sport represents the most important document.

The first was adopted by the Council in its Resolution of 20 May 2011 and the second one the 21 May 2014.  The Plan 2014-2017 had three priorities: sport's integrity, economic dimension and sport & society. In order to address these priority themes Member States and the Commission established five Expert Groups: Match-Fixing, Good Governance, Economic Dimension, HEPA and Human Resources Development in Sport. The Expert Groups were Member States representatives and other interested stakeholders who were accepted upon approval of Member States representatives in the expert groups.

EuropeActive played an active role in 3 expert groups. The implementation of the Work Plan 2014-2017 has been evaluated by the Council, on the basis of a report by the Commission, last January 2017. This evaluation was mainly based on a questionnaire sent to Member States, Member States’ experts and observers who participated in the Expert Groups. This report reflects the Commission's view on this implementation and assesses the broader political impact of the Work Plan, as well as proposing possible priorities for the new Plan. 

The 23rd May 2017 the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council, in its sport session, has adopted the new EU Work Plan for sport (2017-2020). The overall aims are:
- Integrity of sport will focus on good governance, safeguarding minors, fighting matchfixing, doping & corruption;
- Economic dimension focussing on innovation in sport, and sport & digital single market;
- Sport & society focussing on social inclusion, coaches, media, environment, health, education & sport diplomacy.
The Council also was called to:
- Adopt conclusions on sport as a platform for social inclusion.
- Discuss how to develop a media policy that supports social objectives in the area of sport.