Dear EU, where is sport?

Sport was left out of the European Commissioner’s title for Research, Innovation, Education, Culture and Youth.



We live in a World where sport is beneficial as never before. Inactive lifestyle, obesity and mental health problems are becoming a norm, especially among the youngest, most vulnerable, generation. European youth are no exception.


For Europeans of all ages, sport is essential part of their everyday life. It is an educational tool to break down the barriers and unite the communities. It is also a powerful platform to educate youth on physical and mental health, social skills, employability, sustainable development, active citizenship and most importantly – democracy.


As a leading sport platform for youth in Europe, we are disappointed to see “sport” has not been included in the title of the new Commissioner Ms Mariya Gabriel, although it is equally important as research, innovation, education and culture.


Nevertheless, ENGSO Youth would like to congratulate Ms Mariya Gabriel on becoming the new European Commissioner for Research, Innovation, Education, Culture and Youth. We would like to encourage the European Commission and its president Ms Ursula von der Leyen to keep sport high on commission’s agenda. We look forward to potential future cooperation and hope Europeans will stay #BeActive.


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