New EU Workplan for sport from 1 July

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The second EU Work Plan for Sport (2014-2017) has come to an end and a new one, based on the Commission’s evaluation, has now been adopted by the EU Ministers responsible for sport.

The EU Workplan is the roadmap for the next years for the EU Commission work on sport. It sets out the key topics which Member States and the Commission should prioritise until 2020: integrity of sport, the economic dimension of sport and sport and society.

Note from Margo:

If there is one European document that rules them all in terms of sport, it’s this one :-)

What are the most important changes?

There will be 2 Expert Groups (integrity and skills and workforce development in sport), instead of 5 in the previous one, new working methods will be introduced and there will be less outputs and more focus on implmentation of existing outputs, European projects and links with the Council Presidency topics.

The Commission has also been invited to ensure the follow–up of the two High Level Groups, on sport diplomacy and grassroots sport.

The duration of the Work Plan, as suggested by the Commission, was prolonged till the end of 2020 – 3.5 years, to align it with the Erasmus+ programme and the MFF.

ENAS is working to represent the members also in this period so that the University sport context is taken into account as an innnovative partern to shape the future of the sport movement.

To download the new EU Work Plan for Sport 2017-2020, click HERE or see http://ec.europa.eu/sport/.

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/sport/news/20170524-council-approves-new-work-plan-for-sport_en

12th Friendship Games showcase the power of sport to bring people together.

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The 12th Friendship Games, an International Basketball Tournament for students, ended with a moving Closing Ceremony on the banks of the Red Sea.

Athletes, both men and women, from Jordan, The Palestinian Authority, Germany, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania and Israel took part (13 teams).

Once again, the power of sport provided the basis of a fascinating encounter between students from diverse religions and backgrounds. New Friendships were formed , allowing students to get to know each other on a personal basis

All the participants were taken on tours of Jerusalem, and the Dead Sea. Social events created a great atmosphere of friendship and companionship.

In the Women’s Tournament, the Israeli team won and the Men’s Tournament Trophy was taken home by the team from Lithuania.