Committee of Ministers adopts recommendation on revised European Sports Charter

– Posted on October 14, 2021


Strasbourg, 13.10.2021 – The Committee of Ministers adopted today a recommendation on the Revised European Sports Charter submitted by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (APES). This revised version is the culmination of a process initiated by the 15th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport in Tbilisi, in 2018, and supported by the 16th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport organized within the framework of the Greek Presidency, last February.

Over the next few years, the revised Charter will constitute an essential reference tool in the development of national sports policies on the European continent, just like the previous versions adopted in 1976, 1992 and 2001.

Driven by the need to allow sport to continue to provide benefits in areas such as health, integration and education to the entire population, the European Sport Charter strongly emphasizes the concept of sport for all . It sets out the principle of a “right to sport” which everyone should be able to enjoy.

The revision of the European Sport Charter draws lessons from the development of sport and the role of public authorities in sport over the past 20 years. It recognizes both the decisive role of sports associations and the necessary cooperation with other actors such as local authorities, businesses and professional organizations. It also sets out a series of principles for sports competitions, including the coordination of calendars and the opening of championships.

The revised Charter further develops and clarifies the values ​​which should characterize all sporting activities and be conveyed by sport: human rights, integrity and sustainability.

“In a context of increasing globalization and commercialization of sport, it is more important than ever that European states clarify the common characteristics of a European sport framework and the values ​​to be preserved in sport. I particularly welcome the fact that the revised version insists on the principle of a right to sport from which every citizen should be able to benefit ”, observed the Deputy General Secretary Bjørn Berge when this text was adopted by the Committee of Ministers.

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