On the 20th ENGSO General Assembly, 26 May 2012, ENGSO adopted a Statement on the “Erasmus for All” and its sport chapter based on the European Commission’s ‘Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing 'Erasmus for All'. Erasmus for All is the new programme for education, training, youth and sport for the years of 2014-2020. Sport is proposed to have its own chapter in EU funding programmes for the first time, as it is a new area of EU competence under the Lisbon Treaty. In its statement, ENGSO highlights that the sport funding chapter should aim to support activities at a grassroots level, thus enhance the possibility of the participation of every European citizen.
ENGSO urges that the funding of sport’s provision must be at least as much as is proposed by the European Commission, meaning 239 million EUR for years 2014-2020. ENGSO wants to strongly emphasize that this is the utmost minimum to have at least some impact at European level to implement the sports provisions of article 165 of TFEU. It is also crucial that no compulsory private funding will be needed. Otherwise it would jeopardize the participation of many grassroots level actors in the sport funding activities.
Regarding the funding objectives ENGSO emphasizes that the sport chapter should focus on objectives and activities which promote physical activity at grassroots level and enhance the opportunities of every European citizen to be physically active. Funding priorities such as volunteering, social inclusion, equal opportunities and health-enhancing physical activity are crucial to achieve this goal in the best way as possible.
ENGSO is of the opinion that capacity building of sport organisations should be an eligible activity. Operational grant should be possible for those sport organisations which are active at the European level and whose work programme is in line with the sport chapter’s objectives. Furthermore non-profit events at grassroots level focusing on the objectives of the sport chapter, such as volunteering, social inclusion, health-enhancing physical activity and youth, should be eligible.