Intergovernmental co-operation

ENGSO exists to be  a counterpart for European governmental institutions that deal directly or indirectly with sport. We are in close co-operation with European governmental institutions, such as the European Union and the Council of Europe.

The Council of the European Union is the voice of the EU member governments adopting EU law and co-ordinating EU policies. Together with the European Parliament, the Council is the main decision-making body of the European Union.

What does the Council do?
  • Negotiates and adopts EU law together with the European Parliament, based on the proposals from the European Commission

  • Co-ordinates EU countries' policies

  • Develops the EU's foreign and security policy

  • Adopts the EU budget - jointly with the European Parliament

What does the Council do in the field of sport?

The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport (EYCS) Council is composed of the ministers responsible for education, youth, culture, media, communication and sport from all EU member states. The composition depends on the items discussed in a particular meeting. These policy areas are the responsibility of member states, therefore the EU's role is to provide a framework for co-operation between member states.

The EYCS Council outlines EU action in the field of sport through the adoption of the EU Work Plan for Sport.

EU Work Plan for Sport 2014-2017

​In the period of 2014-2017, the following expert groups were set up by the EU Work Plan for Sport:

  • Match-fixing

  • Good Governance

  • Economic Dimension of Sport

  • HEPA - Health-Enhancing Physical Activity

  • Human Resource Management in Sport

EU Work Plan for Sport 2011-2014

In the period of 2011-2014, the following expert groups were set up by the EU Work Plan for Sport:

  • Sport, Health and Participation

  • Sport Statistics

  • Sustainable Financing of Sport

  • Good Governance

  • Education and Training in Sport

ENGSO and the Council of the European Union

ENGSO has been an observer in all Council Expert Groups in the period of 2014-2017.

With regard to the Council Expert Group on Sport, Health and Participation from 2011-2014, ENGSO's positions are published in the following documents:

Source: European Union, Council of the EU

Council of the European Union
European Commission

The European Commission is the executive body of the European Union (EU), responsible for proposing and implementing EU laws, monitoring the treaties and the day-to-day running of the EU. The Commission promotes the general interest of the EU and its citizens.

What does the Commission do?
  • Proposes new laws

  • Manages EU policies and allocates EU funding

  • Enforces EU law

  • Represents the EU internationally


What does the Commission do in the field of sport?

The Directorate-General Education and Culture (DG EAC) is responsible for:

  • the development of evidence-based policy in the field of sport (in three areas: the societal role of sport, economic dimension and the organisation of sport)

  • fostering international cooperation

  • managing initiatives through the Erasmus+ Programme (funding programme in the field of education, youth, training, sport and culture)


European Commission initiatives aim to encourage people to get involved in sport and to support the work of sport organisations around Europe with:

Website of the European Commission - Sport

ENGSO and the European Commission

In December 2014, ENGSO signed a partnership agreement with the European Commission on the European Week of Sport, and it actively contributed to the success of the Week since its first edition in 2015.

​Apart from taking part in the structured dialogue, ENGSO was also represented in the European Commission’s High-Level Groups on Grassroots Sport and Sport Diplomacy.

At a more technical level, ENGSO holds regular meetings with the Sport Unit of DG EAC.

What does the Commission do in the field of health and physical activity?

In 2005, the Commission has launched the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, a forum for European-level organisations that contributes to the pursuit of healthy nutrition, physical activity and the fight against obesity under the leadership of the European Commission.

Website of the European Commission - Public Health/Nutrition and Physical Activity

ENGSO and the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health

​ENGSO is part of the platform and committed to tackling current trends in diet and physical activity.

Source: European Union, European Commission

EPAS Governing Board Bureau. Source: EPAS


ENGSO has an important role in the Consultative Committee, as it represents sport in its broadest sense. In the past, ENGSO was leading the Consultative Committee, and now ENGSO has been elected into the Governing Board Bureau, in which there are only two seats for representatives from the sport movement.

The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) was established on 1 May 2007 by the Council of Europe in order to give fresh momentum to pan-European sports co-operation and address the current challenges facing sport in Europe – building on more than thirty years of activity in the field.


EPAS provides a platform for intergovernmental sports co-operation between the public authorities of its member states. It also encourages dialogue between public authorities, sports federations and NGOs. This contributes to better governance, with the aim of making sport healthier and fairer and ensuring that it conforms to high ethical standards.

EPAS consists of a Governing Board, a Governing Board Bureau, a Consultative Committee and a Secretariat. EPAS Governing Board includes a representative from each EPAS member state, while the Consultative Committee consists of members of sports organisations, NGOs and international organisations.

EPAS aims to promote the development of sport in modern society while emphasising its positive values. It develops policies and standards, monitors them and helps with capacity-building and the exchange of good practices. It uses Council of Europe sports standards such as the European Sports Charter, the Code of Sports Ethics, the European Convention on Spectator Violence, the Anti-Doping Convention and the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions as the basis for drawing up its own strategies.

More information:

Council of Europe - Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport

The European Parliament is the directly-elected law-making EU body with legislative, supervisory and budgetary responsibilities. It is directly elected by EU voters every 5 years.

What does the Parliament do?
  • Negotiates and adopts EU law together with the Council of the EU, based on the proposals from the European Commission

  • Supervises all EU institutions, including approving the Commission as a body and examining citizens' petitions

  • Adopts the EU budget - jointly with the Council of the EU

What does the Parliament do in the field of sport?

The Education and Culture Committee of the European Parliament supervises the Directorate-General Education and Culture of the European Commission and plays an equal role with the Council of the EU in supervising the Erasmus+ Programme. The Committee also regularly holds public hearings to gather evidence from experts in the field of sport.

Website of the European Parliament - Education and Culture Committee

ENGSO and the European Parliament

ENGSO regularly organises hearings at the European Parliament hosted by Members of the European Parliament to raise awareness and foster debate on sport-related issues.

Source: European Union, European Parliament

European Parliament

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