Sport Cooperation in the EU

The EU’s cooperation in the field of sport contributes to the promotion of sport in Europe and solving problems of a cross-border nature through, for instance, anti-doping work. Moreover, close cooperation between Member States facilitates knowledge sharing on how sport can contribute to society.

The Danish Presidency will deal with the Commission proposal for a sport sub-programme, work towards strengthening the fight against doping and match-fixing in sports, and promote sport for all in Europe.

Sport sub-programme

The Commission has proposed a sport sub-programme which will provide an EU budget allocation to support activities to develop the European dimension in sport.


Preparation of EU comments on the revision of the rules regulating the international anti-doping work, which is also known as the WADA Code.

The fight against match-fixing

Follow-up on the work carried out so far to combat match-fixing, including the developments during the Hungarian and Polish Presidencies.

The promotion of sport for all in Europe

The Danish Presidency will seek to promote vibrant and healthy sport for all in Europe, inter alia through the Sportvision2012 conference to be held on March 19-20 2012 with the focus on fitness doping, volunteering, financing and health.

Purpose and priorities of the EU
The purpose of EU cooperation in the field of sport is to develop the European dimension in sport by:

  • Promoting fairness and openness in sporting competitions.
  • Promoting cooperation between bodies responsible for sports.
  • Protecting the physical and moral integrity of sportsmen and sportswomen, especially the youngest sportsmen and sportswomen.


The framework for the EU cooperation is the EU work plan for sport 2011-2014. The work plan mentions three priority areas:

  • Integrity of sport, in particular the fight against doping, match-fixing and the promotion of good governance.
  • Social values of sport, in particular health, social inclusion, education and volunteering.
  • Economic aspects of sport, in particular sustainable financing of grassroots sports and evidence-based policy making.


Foundation and instruments of the EU’s sport cooperation
Sport became part of the formal EU cooperation with the Lisbon Treaty in 2009, but prior to this EU Member States cooperated on an informal basis.

According to the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty, the EU has no competence to regulate or harmonise Member States’ policies in the field of sport. Also, the EU cooperation must take into account the specific nature of sport, including its structures based on voluntary activities.

Consequently, the instruments used to pursue the political goals set by EU Members States in the field of sport include the sharing of best practices, the coordination of policies and the drawing up of guidelines.

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