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Parliamentary questions
30 May 2014
Answer given by Ms Vassiliou on behalf of the Commission

The Commission agrees that physical inactivity is a problem that needs to be taken seriously; and that the results of the 2014 Eurobarometer survey represent an unsettling trend, especially when compared with the figures reported in the previous 2010 survey(1).

The Commission works closely with the World Health Organisation on these matters. In its Recommendation of 26 November 2013 on promoting health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) across sectors,(2) the Council invited Member States to take a wide range of initiatives and assigned several supporting tasks to the Commission: to assist Member States in adopting national strategies; to promote the establishment of a HEPA monitoring framework; to support capacity building and training of national HEPA focal points; to collect data and work jointly with the WHO; and to report every three years on progress made by Member States.

Moreover, sport and physical activity will be supported through the Erasmus+: programme (2014-20). ‘Supporting the implementation of the EU physical activity guidelines, to encourage participation in sport and physical activity’ will be one of the programme's objectives for 2015. 2015 will also be the year of the first European Week of sport.

(1) TNS Opinion & Social (2010): Special Eurobarometer 334/Wave 72.3: Sport and Physical Activity; TNS Opinion & Social (2014): Special Eurobarometer 412/Wave EB80: Sport and Physical Activity.
(2) OJ C 354, 4.12.2013, 1‐5.

OJ C 346, 02/10/2014
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