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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.