The European Week of Sport opened with a series of events in Tartu
The European Week of Sport (EWoS) is the initiative of the European Union and its aim is to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. Since its first edition in 2015 ENGSO is one of its partner organisations. This year the EWoS is held between the 23rd and the 30th of September. Its official opening ceremony was held in Tartu, Estonia on the 23rd, where ENGSO president, Carlos Cardoso was present.
The opening ceremony was preceded by two events. On the 21st and 22nd a two-day conference was held entitled „Sport, Education, University: Joining efforts for athletes’ dual career and active societies”, and it was dedicated to EWoS.
On the 22nd a seminar on healthy lifestyle was held. There, thee European Commissioners - Mr. Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr. Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety and Mr. Mario Milouchev (on behalf of Mr. Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development) - signed a joint statement to promote healthy lifestyles.
ENGSO President, Carlos Cardoso took part in the seminar, and found it particularly interesting.
„It was a really good event and the format was excellent with interesting discussion panels. It was very well-conducted by Sir Graham Watson, one of the chairmen of the High-Level Group on Grassroots Sport that was organised last year under the political leadership of Commissioner Navracsics. The document signed by the three EU Commissioners represents the commitment of sport also on EU grounds to be the "light" to guide the society towards a healthier lifestyle.This is also a great step ahead that three Commissioners come together and have a joint statement in which sport and physical acticity play a crucial role. This is a good example of cross-sectoral cooperation, which we need more. I’m very delighted on this development.
I must emphasise as well that the official opening of the EWoS was organised alongside a children’s cycling festival where hundreds of kids participated, many with their parents. This demonstrated well one of the most important aspects of sport – joy.”
ENGSO President, Carlos Cardoso (to the right) with Commissioner Navracsics