HIGHLIGHTS - DECEMBER 2007
14 January 2008The Slovenian EU Council Presidency Slovenia is this semester’s president of the EU. This is the first of the twelve new states that have joined the EU since its enlargements in 2004 and 2007 to have taken on the leadership of the EU. The most important subjects of the Slovenian presidency will be as follows: a follow-up to the EU White Paper on Sport, sport and health (the drawing up of European guidelines for lifelong physical activity), the economic impact of sport (to prepare common European statistical standards), the fight against doping in sport, and vocational qualification and training in sport (European Qualification Framework). An informal meeting of the EU Sports Ministers is scheduled in Ljubljana on 16-17 March. The objective is to achieve both a meeting of the National Olympic Committees of the 27 EU Member States and to adopt a joint declaration on the traditional values, position and importance of sport in the European Union. 2nd The White Paper on Sport in the European Parliament Following the submission of a first draft report on the White Paper on Sport by European Parliament (EP) rapporteur Manolis Mavrommatis (EVP) in December, the timetable is now set for the EP’s further occupation with this subject. On 22 January, Mavrommatis will submit his first formal draft to the competent Committee for Culture and Education. The deadline for the submission of proposed amendments is 1 February. An internal meeting of all rapporteurs is planned for 26 March in order to consult on the proposed amendments. The Committee for Culture and Education will vote on the report on 31 March. It is planned that the plenary session will deal with the subject on 21 April.