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Parliamentary questions
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16 April 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Gianantonio Da Re
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: COVID-19 health emergency. Financial instruments to support sports associations and sports activities for persons with disabilities

Following the necessary measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, basic sports, consisting of small associations, sports centres and amateur sports clubs, is one of the most adversely affected sectors from both the economic and social point of view. In Italy, sport, which is practised by 20 million people, generates 1.7 % of GDP, i.e. EUR 30 billion: this figure doubles to EUR 60 billion if sectors related to it are taken into account. Because of the COVID-19 health emergency, the Italian sports industry has suffered a 24 % decline in activity, losing some EUR 7 billion – a figure that is likely to increase over the next few months.

Given the vital role sport has from an educational, psychological and physical point of view, not to mention as a means of social inclusion, can the Commission answer the following questions:

What financial instruments will it adopt in order to support the small sports associations, sports centres and amateur sports clubs which, following the pandemic, have suffered severe financial losses that will inevitably have an impact also on employment?

What financial instruments will it adopt in order to support sports associations and clubs whose aim is to pursue the social inclusion of persons with disabilities?

Original language of question: IT
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