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Welcome to the 67th edition of EOSE e-bulletin

EOSE General Assembly and Members Seminar 2014

It has been a great pleasure for EOSE together with its Spanish member -FNEID- to organise the Annual Members Seminar and General Assembly on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th of November 2014 in Madrid. The event took place in the premises of the CEOE (Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales) headquarters and was restricted to EOSE membership. 

The exchanges and debates that arose during the event together with the first ever contested election for the EOSE Board opened up and confirmed some priorities for the strategic development of EOSE and new perspectives for the activities to be carried out in the sector. All together, we forged the keys of our common actions for 2015 and onwards.
Mairit Pellinen Vilma Cingiene

Words from Executive Board Members


2014 is slowly but surely coming to an end. This year has marked a new milestone for the recognition of the sport and active leisure sector across Europe with the entry into force of the awaited Erasmus+ programme and its accompanying Sport Chapter.

At the dawn of 2015, we at EOSE look forward to sustaining and strengthening the cooperation with all of you to further tackle the education and employment challenges of the sector and to pursue our vision of a sport and active leisure sector playing its full potential in the economic, health and social development of Europe and Member States.

We are delighted to have been elected at as EOSE Executive Board members during the latest General Assembly and we feel it is our responsibility to work for the common good. We will do our best to work in continuity while as well feeding the wind of change as current changes in the world of sport imply the necessary connection between studies and research, business and policy making. 

May you hear the call and be the change!

Season’s greetings
Vilma Cingiene and Mairit Pellinen
EOSE Executive Board Members


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ESSC Sport

Latest news from the ESSC-Sport project

Since the launch of the Feasibility Study on setting-up a European Sector Council on Skills and Employment for Sport (ESSC) in April 2014, the Consortium led by the Social Partners, EASE and UNI-Europa Sport, and administered by EOSE has carried out a wide European consultation, including an online questionnaire, which gave the opportunity to collate a significant amount of relevant data from the whole sector in Europe. On the 16th of October 2014, the consortium (composed of EOSE, EASE, Uni-Europa, SkillsActive and the WOS) organised a European consultation workshop involving national organisations and European organisations which expressed their desire to take part and which took part in the on-line consultation exercise.

This workshop was part of the consultative process lead through the ESSC-Sport Feasibility project (following the open online consultation and before the final phase of consultation with organisations) and allowed to get a better view of the sector needs and willingness to embark in such an initiative as well as to test some potential mechanisms for the functioning of such ESSC.

A second round of consultation is now ongoing with European sport networks to obtain some feedback and written comments on the proposed priorities and challenges, the draft structure and on their willingness to be involved in the development of the ESSC.
EOSE membership workshop Riga

Regional Membership development workshop: facilitating and encouraging exchanges and cooperation

On the 27th of November 2014, organisations with an expertise and interest in skills development in the sector from Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany and Croatia were invited to take part in an EOSE Membership Development Workshop organised in Riga (Latvia). The main idea behind the concept was to present the realities of the sector, the related EU policy, to introduce EOSE and its activities to potential new national members but also to explore paths for collaboration and synergies.

Carole Ponchon, EOSE PR and Project Manager chaired the event with the priceless help of Vilma Cingiene, acting as newly elected Executive Board Member, and Juris Grant acting as host of the event. Together they presented the mission and main activities of EOSE, and the benefits of being a member of the association. 
Positive feedbacks were received from all participants and it is expected that these national organisations will join the EOSE membership in 2015.
UFIT Universal Fitness Inclusion Training

The Sport and Active Leisure sector recognised as a first-movers at the latest CEDEFOP conference

Organised in Thessaloniki (Greece) on the 27th and 28th of November, 2014, the conference, entitled “STEPPING UP THE PACE The next stage of European tools for transparency, recognition and quality for learning and work”, gathered around 70 participants with the aim to engage stakeholders in a reflection on the technical and conceptual conditions for taking the European tools for vocational education and training (EQF, ECVET, EQAVET, Europass) into a next stage in order to support the Commission’s work towards a European Area of Skills and Qualifications.

Ben Gittus, Director of Standards, represented EOSE and had the opportunity to give a presentation at the Working group on “Coordination and commitment – How to work together to reach end-users” based on the 7 Step Model and the importance of sectors in translating the European tools for use by end users.  
EOSE national Round table FInland - Vierumaki

EOSE National Round Table in Finland: setting the stage for a skills council

An EOSE national round table was organised in Helsinki (Finland) on Wednesday 10th of December 2014. The event was hosted by HAAGA-HELIA and the Sport Institute of Finland. It gathered various representatives from the Ministry of Education and Culture, VALO, CIMO Mobility Centre and Erasmus+ Sport Program, Federation of Finnish Sports Professionals, and Vierumäki Country Club.

The goal of this successful round table was to present main challenges of the sport sector in Europe in terms of education and training and to provide a short update of the main EU Policies on education, employment and sport. Stephen Studd and Aurélien Favre from EOSE, also gave a brief presentation of the latest developments in the sector in Europe.

The main part of the event was then to focus on a new opportunity towards the setting up of a European Sector Skills Council in the sector and EOSE chaired this consultation section full of exchanges and discussions on the position and challenges for Finland.  


European Parliament - Sport Intergroup

European Parliament creates a Sport Intergroup!

This is another great sign of the recognition of sport as a sector of significance! New Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) showed an interest in sport issues, as they initiated the setting up of a Sport Intergroup after the EU elections in May 2014. While intergroups have no legislative power, they are formed to promote exchange of views and have a unifying effect on the European Parliament as they can only be created by members from at least three different political factions.

The Sport Intergroup is among the 28 Intergroups officially adopted on 11 December 2014 for the current mandate (2014-2019) and will be led by MEP Marc Tarabella (Socialits and Democrats - S&D, Belgium) and Santiago Fisas (European People's Party - EPP, Spain).
EU Sport Forum 2014

EU Sport Forum 2014

The EU Sport Forum 2014 was organised by the European Commission on the 1st and 2nd of December in Milan through the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The Forum convened over 300 representatives from the sport sector including international, European and national sport federations, European and national sport umbrella organisations, social partners, national ministries and other sport-related organisations. The event was eagerly awaited by all stakeholders as the first appearance of the New Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr Tibor Navracsics. One of the highlight was the official presentation of the European Week of Sport.

EOSE took part in this annual event and was represented by Mairit Pellinen, Executive Board Member, and Aurélien Favre, CEO who took part to high level fruitful and constructive discussions on the future of EU sport policy as well as face-to-face networking and working bilateral meetings. 
Erasmus + Sport Chapter

List of awarded EU funded projects under Sport Chapter now published

The results of the Collaborative partnerships in the field of Sport and Not-for-profit European sport events (Erasmus+ Sport Chapter) have been published by the Executive Agency (EACEA) on Friday 5th of December 2014 together with the list of successful Not-for-Profit European Sport Events.

A total of 38 sport applications have been selected for funding out of more than 400 applications received through the Call for Proposals. EOSE will be involved as active partner in two of them: the first one on Good Governance lead by the EOC EU Office and the second one coordinated by ENGSO on Gender equality.
Tackling Early Leaving Report

New Eurydice Publication "Tackling Early Leaving from Education and Traing in Europe: Strategies, Policies and Measures" now available

This joint Eurydice/Cedefop report -published on November 2014- sheds light on early leaving from education and training – a serious challenge in many EU countries. The report aims to add value to Member States' individual efforts as well as to the European Commission's endeavours in this area by monitoring developments in the design and implementation of strategies, policies and measures to combat early leaving and support student learning.
All EU Members States are covered as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. The report especially highlights that education and career guidance is one of the key measures against early leaving in many European countries.


  • 8th January 2015First meeting of the Council Working Party under Latvian Presidency, Brussels (Belgium)
  • 8th-9th January 2015ESCO meeting, Brussels (Belgium)
  • 22nd January 2015: Deadline for the Erasmus+ Sport Actions related to the European Week of Sport
  • 30th January 2015: Launch of the CDP Award Sport Administration, Valetta (Malta)
  • 3rd-4th February 2015: Kick-off of the EOC-EU Office's SIGGS Project (Good Governance), Papendal (The Netherlands)
  • 4th-5th February 2015: Youth Sport Trust 2015 Conference, the learning and networking event for PE and school sport professionals, Telford (United Kingdom). Read more 
  • 11th February 2015: Sport Infoday, Second Edition, Brussels (Belgium)
  • 16th February 2015: EU Presidency Conference on physical activity and development of skills, Riga (Latvia)
  • 16th-17th February 2015: Kick off meeting of the ENGSO "SCORE" Project, Stockholm (Sweden)
  • 16th-20th February 2015: Module 1 ESF Malta - Understanding and Developing Strategy for Sport and Physical Activity, Valetta (Malta)
  • 17th February 2015: Expert Group Human Resources in Sport, Riga (Latvia
  • 5th March 2015: Expert Group Good Governance, Brussels (Belgium)


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