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"Languages, cultures, regional differences and local initiatives must be cherished because they are Europe’s strongest asset."

For sport to have a more prominent place in European policies and schools

Laurence Farreng MEP at EDP Council

Sport is gaining more visibility on the European agenda. Nevertheless more needs to be done. European Democrats stresse the importance of sport as a great contributor to tolerance, respect and well-being. We urge the Member States to develop sports infrastructure, especially in remote regions and disadvantaged areas and to increase the amount of physical education and active breaks in schools.

European Democreats call on Member States to ensure that professional athletes benefit from social and labour protection while making sure to bridge the gender pay gap and to fight against any discrepancies in award allocations between Olympians and Paralympians. We ask for measures tackling all forms of violence, harassment and gender stereotypes.

We believe that the mental health of athletes should be protected in the same way as their physical health, as we have insisted in a report on the perspectives of EU sports policies, adopted today by the Culture and Education Committee.

French MEP Laurence FARRENG (Mouvement Democrate) member of the Culture and Education Committee, shadow rapporteur on the report, says: "Sport unites, integrates, contributes to health for all. Renew Europe is committed to a genuine European sport policy! We defend a sport sector that is more equal between women and men, respectful of human rights and the environment, and which supports all athletes, amateurs, professionals, disabled or not".