Volume: 6 Issue: 4
The European Parliament and the seven main European team sport federations have asked the European Commission to clarify the legal status of sport, ahead of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty by the 27 EU Member States, due to take place this year.
The sporting federations, led by UEFA, signed a joint declaration to further protect the 'specificity of sport' ahead of an 8 May vote in the European Parliament on its Draft Report on the White Paper on Sport (Mavrommatis Report), adopted by the Committee on Culture and Education on 1 April.
The Mavrommatis Report noted that the Lisbon Reform Treaty's official recognition of sport represented 'a very big step towards a European policy in the field of sport', however noted that with the ratification of the Treaty, 'the application of Community law must be clarified'. Sport's declaration, agreed on 24 April with the French and Dutch Ministers for European Affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet and Frans Timmermans, asked the European Commission to 'clarify the status of sport according to EU law', stating that 'European sports federations do not have the necessary legal security to be able to fulfil their statutory tasks'.