Press Release - The contribution of sport to active ageing
21.09.2012, 14:11 (CET)
Active ageing and the role of sport in creating a more active and healthy society was the focus at the meeting of EU Sports Ministers. On the second day of the Informal Meeting held at the ‘Filoxenia’ Conference Center the ministers also discussed the issue of representation of the European Union at the Council of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The debate on sport and health was based on a document prepared by the Cyprus Presidency on the role of physical activity in active ageing. Aiming to highlight its global dimension and experience, an expert was called to present the way the issue of active ageing was approached in North America. The discussion among the ministers acquired special significance given that 2012 has been designated as the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations and is intended to raise awareness of the contribution that older people make to society.

EU Representation at WADA

During the meeting the issue of the representation of the European Union at the Council of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was also discussed. According to the relevant resolution adopted during the Polish Presidency, an EU Sport Minister should be selected for one of the three positions at WADA. The Cyprus Presidency provided an opportunity for two ministers who expressed interest to present their positions, as during the Formal Council of Ministers next November the choice of the EU representative to the Agency will be made.

At the end of the meeting there was an opportunity for the Irish delegation to present the priorities of the forthcoming presidency which begins next January.

Cypriot Minister of Education and Culture, Mr. George Demosthenous, said that discussions, the exchange of experiences and decisions have been taken into account as "something for us to reflect upon and an important tool for creating a better sporting future in Europe." Mr. Demosthenous expressed his belief that discussions and decisions "will serve as a milestone in our journey to radical decisions and solutions to the problems faced in the sport sector."

EU Sport Forum and the fight against match-fixing

The two-day informal meeting of EU Sports Ministers on September 20 and 21 was organised by the Cyprus Presidency. The Informal Meeting was held following the EU Sport Forum and included a joint session with the delegates of the Forum, which was jointly organised with the European Commission on Wednesday, September 19.

During the joint meeting, the participants discussed the contribution of sports and of the activities to improve health in the development and growth of the EU, while also focusing on the fight against the match fixing. The result of the consultations held yesterday, was the adoption of a common five-point declaration on combating match-fixing. The Cypriot Minister of Education and Culture chaired the informal meeting, which was also attended by the European Commissioner for Sport, Androulla Vassiliou.

Presidency Spokesperson in Cyprus
Costas Yennaris

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Communications Officer
Costas Ierides

Ministry of Education & Culture

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