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European Sports Review

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress she has made in implementing the findings of the European Sports Review. (96508)

The Independent European Sport Review is a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate on how the special nature of sport can best be recognised in both national and EU policy-making. A revised version was published on 16 October.

While it outlines the right direction of travel, it raises some complex and challenging issues that are the subject of ongoing discussion across Whitehall and at European level. The Commission’s forthcoming White Paper on Sport will be key to taking the issues raised forward.

Many of the Review’s recommendations fall directly to the football authorities for implementation. UEFA have already made good progress, recently announcing the European roll out of the UK’s Supporters Direct initiative. I look forward to seeing further progress in the near future and to working with stakeholders and EU colleagues to take these important issues forward.