The European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO) is a not for profit organisation with public responsibilities, the umbrella organisation of National Sport Confederations and National Olympic Committees from 34 European countries.

Kaisa Larjomaa, ENGSO Secretary General

Stefan Bergh, ENGSO President


The vision of ENGSO is to be the leading voice of voluntary sports organisations in Europe.


ENGSO’s mission is to promote the interest of sport organisations in Europe.


ENGSO’s main aim is to be a bridge building organisation in order to:

  • provide a platform for exchange of knowledge and information;

  • discuss and lobby on current sport political issues;

  • seek common positions on sports issues and publicize these positions;

  • strengthen the co-operation with other sport bodies;

  • contribute to intergovernmental sports co-operation, and represet the principal non-governmental organisation position within other European sports related meetings;

  • develop and support ENGSO Youth


21 MAY 1966 When governments had started to deliberate on sports matters in the Council of Europe, the informal NGO Club, as a discussion forum, was set up in order to join forces and define common sport political positions.

24-25 APRIL 1990 After the political changes in Eastern and Central Europe, membership increased and the NGO Club became a true Pan-European sports organisation. Hence it was felt necessary to change the name to European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO).

1-2 OCTOBER 1990 The first meeting under the name ENGSO.

27-28 APRIL 1995 ENGSO was formalised by adopting official statutes, which included the holding of General Assemblies and the election of an Executive Committee. In this way, ENGSO not only became a bridge building organisation for East-West cooperation in sports, but it also strengthened its status as a partner for the defence of the general sport interest at European level, especially vis—vis European institutions, such as the Council of Europe and the political and administrative bodies of the European Union.

22-23 SEPTEMBER 1995 The 1st ENGSO General Assembly in Vienna, Austria.

28 JUNE 2006 ENGSO has been registered within the National Olympic and Sports Committee of France in the House of Olympic Sports, Paris, France. This decision has become legally valid following the Declaration of Association, issued by the Prefecture of Paris on June 28, 2006.

30 APRIL 2015 The headquarters and registered office of ENGSO has been transferred to Stockholm, Sweden, within the Swedish House of Sports.


The rules of our organisation are presented in ENGSO Statutes.

ENGSO Statutes

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