Sport Conventions

Resolution on European Sports Co-operation (89/2)

The European Ministers responsible for Sport, meeting at Reykjavik for their 6th Conference, from 30 May to 1 June 1989,

Reaffirming their belief that sport is an integral part of education and culture, contributes to human development, plays an irreplaceable role in the quality of life of citizens, and that successful policies for sport can contribute to personal and social well-being;

Conscious of their duty to encourage by all appropriate means friendly and healthy participation in sport, and peaceful spectatorship of sports events;

Considering that sport and cultural activities and events on an increasingly broad European level could have a very positive impact on cultural and social progress and contribute to European unity;

Noting with satisfaction the participation as observers at the 6th Conference of European Ministers responsible for Sport of the Ministers from Hungary and Poland;

Work of the Committee for the Development of Sport (CDDS):

1. Thank the CDDS, the Clearing House and the authorities of member states for the work accomplished since the 5th Conference at Dublin in 1986, for the substantial reports on priority themes presented to this Conference, and take note of the results of this work;

2. Note with satisfaction that the major co-ordinated research project on 'Sport for All: injuries and their prevention' has been completed by the CDDS, and look forward to the early completion of the project on the 'Economic significance of sport', and hope that these studies, and their future reviews, will be of help to those responsible for framing national policies in these areas;

3. Consider that it is desirable for as many States as possible to join in the work of such projects and to participate in them to the greatest extent possible;

4. Attach particular importance to the completion of current projects such as Sports Management Training, the Social Protection of Athletes, the cultural and sporting aspects of traditional games, the planning of sports policies, the study of young people's ethical values in sport, etc.;

5. Note that the growing demands of the commercial sector on sport, and the increasing requirement for professional management within sport will put new strains on the traditional voluntary management of sport and its clubs;

6. Express their determination that they will try to ensure that the virtues and benefits of the voluntary ethos remain intact while helping the voluntary sports movement to adapt to these changes;

7. Note that while levels of participation in sport are still increasing, the average levels of physical fitness in member states are a cause for concern for the public authorities;

Resolve:

1. to study, within the framework of the States Party to the European Cultural Convention, all matters of common interest concerning sport, including the implications for sport in Europe of the common internal market;

2. to promote actively the implementation on a wide scale and on the common basis set out in Recommendation N° R (87) 9 of the Committee of Ministers, the Eurofit tests of physical fitness for school-aged children;

3. to make further efforts to enable disabled persons to exercise their right to sport, including at an elite level, whenever possible on an equal footing with able-bodied people and to promote their involvement with sports decision-making, following the principles set out in Recommendation N° R (86) 18 of the Committee of Ministers (Resolution N° 1/86 of the Dublin Conference) and urge the relevant international and national sports organisations to accelerate their own reforms and progress in these respects;

4. to take all appropriate steps to enable mentally handicapped persons to participate adequately in adapted physical activities;

5. to undertake, in conjunction with their central sports organisations, preventative campaigns to reduce the incidence of injuries in sport, and to promote safety in exercise and sport, following the principles set out in the Conference paper presented by the Dutch Minister;

6. to take account of the benefits of sport to national economies, public revenue, industry and employment, in facilitating the duty, as set out in the European Sport for All Charter adopted at their first Conference, of public authorities to ensure that there is sufficient provision of opportunities and facilities to enable all citizens, residents and visitors, regardless of age, sex, national origin or economic circumstances, who so wish, to take part in sport or physical recreation activities;

7. to bear in mind the importance of traditional games in both national and the European cultural heritages, and to take steps to preserve them at first by preparing a catalogue of them and, where appropriate, to enable young people to contribute to their further development;

Invite the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe:

1. to bear in mind the possibilities offered by sports co-operation in the context of its general policy adopted on 5 May 1989;

2. to encourage participation by states not yet party to the European Cultural Convention on Council of Europe activities on sport, wherever this may be of potential mutual benefit, in particular when such participation may enable sport better to play its due part in encouraging a sense of European cultural identity and/or in promoting international understanding and practical harmonisation in sport;

3. to continue to extend this participation to other non-European states where appropriate and on a case-by-case basis;

4. to initiate contacts with other intergovernmental sports organisations with a view to discussing problems arising in international sport;

5. to instruct the CDDS to pay particular attention to the following subjects in the period leading up to the 7th Conference:

a. the preparation of a study on ways of organising:

i. new sport activities on a European level and under the guidance of the responsible sports organisations;

ii. seminars concerning the practical implementation of integrated sport and cultural activities;

b. the development of fair-play campaigns for the purposes, inter alia, of reducing violence and injuries among players and promoting the positive benefits of regular sporting activity;

c. the preparation of a draft text on:

i. the role of sport in the educational processes of young people;

ii. measures to improve the quality and effectiveness of the links between physical education in schools, school sport and out-of-school sport, and the links between schools and clubs to ease the passage and transition by young people into the world of adult sport and recreation;

iii. ways and means of encouraging appropriate public and non-governmental organisations to develop a programme of multilateral sport exchanges for school-aged children;

d. the preparation, bearing in mind any proposals of the Standing Committee on Resolution N° 4/89 on Safety, of a draft text on Spectator Safety at Sports Grounds and Events;

e. the preparation of suitable tests to monitor the physical fitness of adults, building upon the philosophy of Eurofit;

f. the preparation of a draft text outlining the principles which should underlie the desirable role of the various partners of the sports movement involved in the promotion and development of Sport for All, including the public authorities, the commercial sector and the mass media.

The Conference:

1. Thanks the CDDS for preparing draft guidelines for future informal meetings of Sports Ministers and agrees that:

a. informal meetings play a valuable part in European sports co-operation;

b. they should be held on an ad hoc basis, to discuss urgent or particular topics;

c. the host government should play a preponderant role in preparing informal meetings, giving where possible emphasis to the discussion of new topics;

d. the object of informal meetings, as distinct from the triennial Conferences, is not necessarily to reach formal agreements but to discuss topical issues;

e. an official report of proceedings is not necessary but a press communiqué should be prepared, summarising the main items of discussion;

2. Express their sincere gratitude to the host government and to the Icelandic Minister of Culture and Education, Chairman of the Conference, for the perfect organisation of and their warm hospitality during the 6th Conference;

3. Resolves to meet, at the kind invitation of the government of the Hellenic Republic in 1992 for their 7th Conference, at Rhodes;

4. Resolves to meet in informal meetings, as often as pressing needs may dictate, in accordance with the guidelines agreed above.