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Sports: ACP Countries

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance is available to sports national governing bodies relating to the application of the Cotonou Agreement to sport in the UK. (208685)

[holding answer 5 June 2008]: We are waiting clarification from the European Commission on the application of the Cotonou Agreement for the freedom of movement of professional sports people within the European Community. We understand that the Commission will be issuing substantive clarification shortly. Any such clarification will inform any guidance issued to national sports governing bodies in the UK.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he has made representations to the EU on the impact of the Cotonou Agreement on the free movement of sportsmen and women; and if he will make a statement. (208686)

[holding answer 5 June 2008]: I have not made any representations to the EU over the impact of the Cotonou Agreement on the free movement of sports people. However, we look forward to the Commission's response on this matter which should provide guidance for sports national governing bodies in the UK.