In January, ENGSO was selected as a successful applicant for the Annual Operating Grant for the year of 2012 from the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency (EACEA), an organisation operating under the supervision of the European Commission. As the end of June, the middle of the year approaches and with it the mid-term of the Grant, it is time to review what has been done so far.
The Annual Operating Grant is a support to operating costs of civil society organisations that are important means of citizens’ participation in society and thus a link between citizens and the European Union. ENGSO with the aim to promote social inclusion, active citizenship and volunteering through sport, is a leading voice of European civil society organisation in the field of sport.
The Europe for Citizens Programme has the aim to encourage citizens to contribute to and participate in European matters, among others, through civil society organisations. That is why it is so important for the EU to support organisations that invigorate the involvement of citizens. The various events of ENGSO bring together people from all over Europe allowing them to interact and develop a sense of togetherness.
With its promising working plan, ENGSO has the main thematic priority for this year to work in partnership for an effective change. For this reason, ENGSO has continued to cooperate with the European Year of Volunteering 2011 Alliance as the only sport organisation in the Steering Group. It has taken part in the work of the European Year of Active Aging and Solidarity between Generations 2012 Coalition and has initiated the establishment of a Coalition for the European Year of Sport 2014.
The Creating a Level Playing Field Project on social inclusion of migrants and ethnic minorities in sport was another opportunity for ENGSO, as lead partner, to contribute in partnership to an effecting change. In 1st of February, the Sport 4 Good Governance Project was launched by the EOC EU Office and ENGSO with other partners. In the field of EU Policy Work, ENGSO aims to encourage the debate about future EU sport policy and actions. Therefore, ENGSO has organized an EU Seminar in the framework of its General Assembly and actively followed the negotiations on Erasmus for All Programme and its Sport Chapter.
The clear and regular communication both externally and internally, is an important method for ENGSO to make a change. The Operational Grant of the European Union has made it possible for ENGSO to employ a part-time assistant from the 1st of June to assist with communication and policy issues.
The actions mentioned above are only examples among several other events that ENGSO has organized or taken part in.