The European Council on Education, Youth, Culture and Sports met on the 21st and 22nd of November 2016, presided by Peter Plavcan, Slovak minister for Education, Science, Research and Sport; and Marek Madaric, Slovak minister for Culture.
Echoing Sport and Citizenship’s analysis on the importance of sport’s values for society, the discussion on issues related to sport was prefaced by representatives, who underlined that sport’s codes must be systematically promoted (fair-play, team work, tolerance and mutual respect).
The importance of sport for personal development was also discussed, as this topic is closely linked to the Skills Package proposal (A New Skills Agenda for Europe), according to which non-formal and informal learning are essential elements in the learning process.
From these two points of analysis, the leaders of the meeting invited Member States to better explore the potential of sport at national level, in particular through education and the involvement of well-known athletes as messengers, to promote positive sporting and European values. Sport and Citizenship also believes sport and the EU share almost identical values and therefore strongly approves this move.
The Commissioner supported the idea of integrating sport issues in an international context and of promoting sport ambassadors. He underlined that both measures can be supported through Erasmus +. He also suggested an opening of the European Week of Sport to non-European countries. Having attended the EWOS since its first edition and organised a round table event this year at the Town Hall of Brussels, Sport and Citizenship supports this idea, as the think tank believes all countries should benefit from discussion concerning sport.