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The EU Social Policies and Consumer Protection Sub-Committee conducted an Inquiry into Grassroots Sport and the European Union.
The Lisbon Treaty introduced a specific competence for the EU in the area of sport (Article 165). Sport primarily remains a competence of individual Member States but the EU can now take action to:
A Commission Communication on implementing the Lisbon provisions, setting out the EU’s strategic vision until 2015, is due before the end of the year. It will be accompanied by a draft Decision establishing the Sports Programme (funding stream). This will initially cover the period 2012-2013 and a full programme will begin with the EU's next long-term budget in 2014. The Committee gathered evidence to inform its response to the Commission Communication and published a report making recommendations to the Government and to the European institutions. The European Commission responded to the report on 28 September 2011, which follows the Government’s response that was received on 22 May 2011. A debate was held on the floor of the House on 10 November 2011.
The debate took place on Thursday 10 November 2011
The European Commission responded to the Committee's report on 28 September 2011
The Government responded to the Committee's report on 22 May 2011
Report published today says that the potential of sport is under-exploited at both EU and national level
Sport Scotland, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland give evidence to Lords Committee
Committee visit Swiss Cottage school
A Call for Evidence was published on 20 October 2010