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Parliamentary questions
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19 November 2018
E-005822-18
Question for written answer E-005822-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Bogdan Brunon Wenta (PPE) , Santiago Fisas Ayxelà (PPE)

 Subject:  Coordinating key actors involved in fighting child trafficking in the sport industry
 Answer in writing 

Sport is a huge business in which significant sums of money circulate around the world’s economies. With estimates running up to EUR 1.1 trillion, the sports industry connects different activities, ranging from multimillion-dollar transfer fees and salaries to substantial broadcasting/media rights deals for competitions.

African talent is at the centre of this economy. The demand for this talent, especially young talent, is not without its problems and has led to a number of migratory patterns.

There are many conflicting interests, and a multitude of actors, involved in the development and transfer of young talent. People who are involved in child protection often work in silos and follow contrasting policies, regulations and approaches to child protection, which makes it even more difficult to address the phenomenon.

It is clear that if we are to combat this phenomenon, efforts must be made by the appropriate key actors, namely sport authorities, governments, law enforcement authorities, migration agencies, etc., who need to work together in a coordinated manner.

How will the Commission ensure that the efforts of the stakeholders involved in tackling child-trafficking in sport are coordinated and that a clear strategy addressing this phenomenon has been established?

Would it consider establishing a multi-sectoral task-force that brings together key actors as a first step towards a solution?

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