Danish football fans (Photo: Notat)


The Lisbon Treaty has sport as an area of supporting, coordinating or complementary action.

The EU therefore “may take co-ordinating, complementary, or supporting action”, see Article 6e TFEU and 165 TFEU.

This opens for a common sports policy and for example to create a joint EU-team for the Olympics if a qualified majority in the EU would decide that.

The EU is not allowed to harmonise the sport policies in the member states.

The EU Court has decided that professional sport shall be judged as an economic activity according to the treaties, see the so-called Bosman case. 

The EU funds many different sporting activities.

The EU is also promoting the EU during sports events.

The EU also runs a support project, Eurathlon.



The EU decided to make 2004 the European Year of Education through Sport.




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