After several years of efforts deployed by the European institutions and the sports movement to have sport included in the European Constitution, this weekend in Brussels the European Union adopted Article III-182 on Sport as part of its new Constitution.
The text of the article, established after extensive consultation between the IOC, the European Olympic Committees, and the Olympic Summer and Winter Sports Federations, focuses on the need to protect the social, educational and cultural role that sport plays in European society.
The adoption of the text shows the determination of all parties to underline the competence and autonomy of sports federations, while giving sport, and the strong values that it promotes, a key position in European discussions, where it had until now essentially been considered from an economic angle.
Commenting on this significant event, IOC President Jacques ROGGE said: "The decision by the European Union to recognise sport as a key element of its new Constitution is the first step towards developing a European dimension in sport. It is the result of ten years of discussions and consultation between European institutions and the world of sport. I am particularly satisfied to see that these efforts have been fruitful and that sport has now a place of its own within the European project."
To read the full text of the article, please click on the link to the IOC website at the address below.