Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Brussels Bad Sports

Kate Hoey warns of Brussels Bad Sports

Kate Hoey, the former Sports minister, has criticised Brussels for moving into the world of sport. A report by Commissioner Jan Figel has looked at the possibilities of using sport as a method for economic and cultural integration (I didn't realise that sport was an exclusively EU affair. Come to think of it, I am not sure that any culture is). Unfortunately this is nothing new - Romano Prodi, after Britain's success in the Olympics, claimed a victory for the EU and suggested that all athletes carry the EU flag alongside thier own national flag.

Hoey has put forward good arguments, such as the successes of Wimbledon and the World Cup in Germany which both managed to do perfectly well without EU assistance. Fortress would welcome sharing of best practice for sport promotion, and schemes to help the disadvantaged (not through legislation, but again through best practice and information sharing), but is dubious about the real motives behind this white paper.

The EU should beware - the general public maybe disinterested in politics, but they are certainly not disinterested in the politics of sport and any action will be noticed this time.

The Grapevine


Anonymous Ana said...

I think that the EU is trying too hard to offer its support in certain areas (in this case –sports) which do not need its implication at this level, when others remain helpless.
It seems to me that the EU is looking to convert any area in a “good affaire”.
This isn’t what EU is all about, right?

August 09, 2006 9:00 pm  

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