Hearing on Erasmus for All
On the ENGSO Hearing at the European Parliament, sports organisations could share their views in connection with the Sport Chapter of the future EU funding Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. The host of the event, MEP Emma McClarkin informed the participants about the position of the European Parliament on the Programme, which opened the floor for discussions.
According the European Olympic Committees, grassroots sports organisations face several challenges. The crisis and the failed budget talks can affect the budget purposed for sport as it is expressed in the percentage of the total amount of the Erasmus for All Programme. An eligibility criteria, which obliges sports organisations to find third party partnership for funding project is also a challenge for most of the grassroots sports organisations nowadays. All of the participants agreed that the third party criteria can jeopardise the possibility of many sports organisations in participating in and become beneficiaries of the Programme.
Participants also agreed that a European Year of Sport could raise the profile of sport at European level and attract the attention of local, regional and national governments on the importance and benefits of investing in grassroots sport. On the initiative of ENGSO to have a European Year of Sport in the future, the participant s of the Hearing concluded that the title should reflect a wider range of possible partners and activities other, such as the participation of the whole sport movement and health enhancing physical activities. At the same time, there should be more specificity regarding the goals, which should be more measurable, and the schedule of the preparation, which should be more specific and structured.
ENGSO would thank, first of all, MEP Emma McClarkin for giving a change for sport to raise its voice, secondly the guest for actively participating in the discussions.