Seminar on Sport in Scotland and the EU
On 10th September 2010, the European Parliament Office in Scotland hosted a seminar to discuss the impact of the EU and the Lisbon Treaty on sport in Scotland. The Treaty states that "the Union shall contribute to the promotion of European sporting issues, while taking account of the specific nature of sport, its structures based on voluntary activity and its social and educational function."
The seminar was held to discuss with Scottish sports organisations recent developments in EU sports policy, and in particular what may change as a result of the Lisbon Treaty. David Martin, MEP provided an overview of the European Parliament and its procedures; and Dr Borja García García, from the Institute of Sport and Leisure Policy at Loughborough University, gave an overview of EU Sports Policy. They were joined by Jürgen Ditthard, Secretariat of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education, who provided some history of the debate on the EU and Sport in the European Parliament; and Dave Renouf, Operations Manager of the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI), who explained the battle the BASI had to gain EU-wide recognition for its qualifications in Snowsport instruction.