KMS – MEUSAC consultation session: Developing the European dimension of Sport

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 4:00

A consultation session and a number of workshops co-organised by Kunsill Malti għall-iSport (KMS) and the Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC) on the recent European Commission’s Communication on Sport was held on 12th March, 2011 at the Cottonera Sports Complex.

Left to right: Joe Sciberras, Executive – Consultation (EU Policy & Legislation), Dr. Vanni Xuereb, Head, MEUSAC and Mr. Bernard Vassallo, Chairman, Kunsill Malti għall-iSport (KMS).

Left to right: Joe Sciberras, Executive – Consultation (EU Policy & Legislation), Dr. Vanni Xuereb, Head, MEUSAC and Mr. Bernard Vassallo, Chairman, Kunsill Malti għall-iSport (KMS).

The aim of this activity was to discuss with National Sports Associations and Federations, registered with the KMS, the recently launched policy document titled ‘Developing the European dimension of Sport’. This policy document sets out the Commission’s ideas for EU-level action in the field of sport and raises a number of proposed actions evolving around three broad dimensions which focus on: the societal role of sport, the economic dimension of sport and the organisation of sport. Participants had the opportunity to put forward their opinion and ideas relating to local challenges in sport and how they saw how the sector needs to develop within these dimensions. The feedback and contributions made by stakeholders are then expected to be developed further and included in a report which will be put forward to the Council and the European Parliament in order to contribute to the shaping of future actions in the field of Sport. Head of MEUSAC Dr Vanni Xuereb, advised that through such consultation sessions, local stakeholders and civil society are empowered and are given the opportunity to participate actively in the EU’s legislative process, by doing so they then have a direct impact on the formulation of Malta’s position, in this particular case, on the Commission’s Communication on Sport.

In 2009-2010 the Commission provided more than €6 million to support around 40 sport projects aimed at promoting health, social inclusion, volunteering, access for the disabled, gender equality and the fight against doping. Accordingly, following the consultation session, workshops on EU funding opportunities for sport organisations also took place. Participants were acquainted to what type of sport projects can receive support and were provided with information on how to design a project and what funding opportunities are available.

Mr. Bernard Vassallo, Chairman, Kunsill Malti għall-iSport, advised that with over 300 sport entities registered with the KMS, the KMS believes that it is essential that Associations and Clubs realise the possibilities and platforms available under the EU Sport Programme; more so since the Treaty of Lisbon, Sport has become a fully-fledged policy of the European Union. As a result, we will be seeing more actions in the field of sport and other opportunities such as those of funding.

It is intended that additional sessions tackling how the EU intends to support Sport will be held by KMS and MEUSAC in the near future. For further information in this respect an email can be sent to communications@sportmalta.org.mt or alternatively consult.meusac@gov.mt





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