To help inform our members and stakeholders, the EuropeActive EU Affairs Team have developed a series of position and information papers on main policy areas which directly affect the fitness sector.

These papers may be downloaded by clicking the relevant link below.

03. Education, Training & Skills Development

1. Unemployment and skills mismatches - key issues for the Union

The European Commission has identified three pressing challenges of today's economies:

  • the lack of relevant skills to match labour market needs
  • the insufficient transparency of skills and qualifications
  • the difficulty to anticipate and forecast skills

PDF iconIP3_Education, training and skills development.pdf (186.06 KB)

05. Active Ageing and the 'Silver Economy'

In the coming decades Europe will have to face a serious demographic challenge with European life expectancy increasing by three months per year. The demographic consequences are high levels of physical inactivity across Europe. According to Eurostat 18% of all EU citizens are currently age of 65 and older, but this number is expected to have doubled by 2060

PDF iconIP5_Active Ageing and the silver economy.pdf (188.37 KB)

06. Doping Prevention in Recreational Sport and Fitness

1. State of play: doping concern out of the elite sporting system

Although different forms of collaboration exist in the elite sport domain, a consistent solution across Member States has been difficult to establish in the context of recreational sport and this is attributed to a shortage of responsibility and collaboration. The EU Sport Work Plan 2017-2020 identifies doping in recreational sport as a priority for the next three years: “each Presidency should provide the necessary expert input on anti-doping issues”.

PDF iconIP6_Doping prevention in recreational sport and fitness.pdf (178.63 KB)

09. The European Week of Sport Initiative

1. State of play: an alarming and unacceptable level of physical inactivity across the EU

The detriments caused by the lack of physical activity in Europe are well recorded, as are the significant economic costs associated with the effects of sedentary lifestyles and their related health problems, especially in view of the fact that most European societies show increasing numbers of people being overweight and obese:

  • 51.6% of the EU’s population (18 and over) are overweight (Eurostat, 2014);
  • 1 in 3 children are currently overweight or obese.

PDF iconIP9_The European Week of Sport initiative.pdf (189.53 KB)

13. VAT rates in Europe

With over 62,000 facilities and 27 billion Euros of annual revenues, the European health and fitness sector is a significant contributor to taxation revenue across the EU. In regard to rates of VAT applied to our sector across the EU, three central points are worth considering.

PDF iconIP13_VAT rates in Europe - Info Paper_Final.pdf (157.82 KB)

14. The Active Leisure Alliance and sectoral skills policy context

1. The Active Leisure Sector: background and context

2008 - The “active leisure sector” was identified as a combination of the fitness and outdoor sub-sectors.

2012 - EuropeActive and EC-OE signed a cooperation to launch the Active Leisure Alliance.

PDF iconIP14_Active Leisure Alliance and sectoral skills policy context IP.pdf (123.96 KB)

15. Physical activity is integral to preventing and curing cancer

Directly or indirectly, every European is affected by the devastating impact of someone with cancer. The disease not only causes immeasurable pain for the individual and the families touched by it, but it is also negatively impacting our society at large. It is well understood that physical activity can play a crucial role in preventing cancer, in improving cancer treatment, and for cancer recovery and increasing the quality of life of survivors.

PDF iconIP14_CANCER_final version.pdf (81.69 KB)

15. EU WORK PLAN FOR SPORT (2017-2020)

Some highlights from the fitness perspective

PDF iconIP15_EU workplan for Sport (2017-2020).pdf (145.46 KB)

15. Innovation and digitalisation in Europe

Digitalisation is rapidly and deeply transforming all areas of our society and economy, and in Europe the sport and fitness sectors in particular are no exception. In recent years, a wide range of innovative technologies and online solutions have been developed for physical activity which are aimed at both operators and customers.

PDF iconIP15_digitalisation vFIN layout.pdf (464.53 KB)

14. The New European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The GDPR is a new EU Regulation governing how organisation should handle, protect and use personal data. It applies to EU citizens’ personal data, regardless of where it is collected, stored, or processed and whether it is inside or outside of the EU;

The regulation becomes enforceable from 25 May 2018;

There are increased penalties for non-compliance.

PDF iconIP14_The new European general data protection regulation IP.pdf (84.36 KB)

13. Promoting Health Enhancing Physical Activity

The detriments caused by the lack of physical activity in Europe are well recorded, as are the significant economic costs associated with the effects of sedentary lifestyles and their related health problems, especially in view of the fact that most European societies show increasing numbers of people being overweight and obese:

PDF iconIP13_Promoting health enhancing physical activity.pdf (184.62 KB)