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Basic document of EU: White Paper on sport


  • This white paper was one of the European Commission’s main contributions to the theme of sport and its role in the daily lives of European Union (EU) citizens.
  • It recognised the impact which sport can have on other EU policies.
  • It also identified the needs and specific characteristics of the world of sport.
  • It opened up future prospects for sport at EU level, while respecting EU law, the principle of subsidiarity and the independence of sports organisations.


  • The main objectives of the white paper were to:
    • set strategic guidelines;
    • encourage debate on specific problems;
    • give sport a higher profile in the EU decision-making process;
    • highlight the needs and specific characteristics of the sector;
    • identify the appropriate level of government for future action.
  • More specifically, the Commission sought to use the white paper to:
    • ensure that the sport dimension is fully reflected in all areas of EU policy;
    • increase legal clarity as regards the application of the EU’s acquis to sport and thereby help to improve sports governance in the EU.

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