PACTE project carrying pilot phase


EU Sport Diplomacy: read the latest Sport and Citizenship Journal

The current health crisis has been seen by many people as the chance to create something new and to develop new solutions to problems. Climate change, social inequality, the economic crisis and uncertainties in the health sector: there is no lack of challenges and they have been thrown into stark relief in recent weeks. Where is sport in all this? What role can it play in rebuilding society ?

Discover the latest release focusing on EU sport diplomacy

The special focus in this quarter’s issue illustrates this capacity for change. Four years ago the Think Tank Sport and Citizenship focused on sporting diplomacy, Sport and Citizenship wanted to have another look at this approach today, in the light of the current situation seen from the European point of view. The expertise of members of the “Promoting a Strategic Approach to EU Sport Diplomacy” (EUSD) project coordinated by Edge Hill University and supported by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Sport programme will allow you to discover the issues involved in European Sport Diplomacy as well as thoughts about how to include this sector in the diplomacy of the EU and the Member States.

This revue was produced with the help of Edge Hill University and the EUSD project consortium.

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HEMA project launches European wide questionnaire

The European Federation for Company Sport is strongly engaged in the development of company sport and grassroots sports at EU levels through the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

In the framework of the HEMA project, Healthy Employee Mobile and Active, we are looking for your help and engagement.

HEMA in a nutshell

“Healthy Employee, Mobile and Active” (HEMA) is a 3-year program intended to tackle the high level of physical inactivity in Europe. HEMA is supported and co-funded by the European Commission in the field of Erasmus+ program and European Week of Sport. The project aims at leveraging physical activity rates by combining sport, physical activity and mobility. The concept of HEMA is to associate moments of practicing sport to specific discussions and studies around ways of implementation of physical activity and mobility in European workplaces.

One major aspect of HEMA legacy will concern the development and transfer of specific and adapted programs to EU workplaces to help them implementing concrete sport and mobility activities at work.

HEMA contribution

The project is carrying out a European state-of-art report on the current programmes available for promoting physical activity and active mobility at work in Europe, a survey targeted to employers and employees to identify major levers and brakes in providing and participating in such programmes, and a framework for pilot testing of such programmes over three months in Belgium, France and Latvia in 2021.

The survey is currently open and can be accessed in different languages.

Links to the survey

Portuguese versions

HEMA – Questionário sobre oportunidades de desporto e mobilidade no trabalho – Para empregadores

– employers

HEMA – Questionário sobre oportunidades de desporto e mobilidade no trabalho – para trabalhador

– employees


English Versions

HEMA – Survey on Active Mobility and Physical Activity ate the workplace – For Employers

– employers

HEMA – Survey on Active Mobility and Physical Activity ate the workplace – For Employees

– employees


French Versions

HEMA – Enquête sur les mobilités actives et l’activité physique en entreprise – Pour les employeurs

– employers

HEMA – Enquête sur les mobilités actives et l’activité physique en entreprise – Pour les employés

– employees


Greek Versions

HEMA – Έρευνα για τον αθλητισμό και την κινητικότητα στην εργασία

– employers

HEMA – Έρευνα για τον αθλητισμό και την κινητικότητα στην εργασία

– employees


German Versions

HEMA – Umfrage zu Sport und Mobilität bei der Arbeit – Für Arbeitgeber

– employers

HEMA – Umfrage zu Sport und Mobilität bei der Arbeit – Für Angestellete

– employees


Spanish Versions

HEMA – Encuesta sobre el deporte y la movilidad en el lugar de trabajo – para Empleadores

– Employers

HEMA – Encuesta sobre el deporte y la movilidad en el lugar de trabajo – para Empleados

– employees


Dutch Versions

HEMA – Sport en mobiliteit op het werk: kansenonderzoek

– employers

HEMA – Sport en mobiliteit op het werk: kansenonderzoek – Voor werknemers

– employees


Latvian version

HEMA – Sporta un mobilitātes iespējas darba vietā – Darba devējiem

– employers

HEMA – Sporta un mobilitātes iespējas darba vietā – Darbiniekiem

– employees


Finnish version

HEMA – Kysely työpaikkojen urheilu- ja liikuntamahdollisuuksista.

– employers

HEMA – Kysely työpaikkojen urheilu- ja liikuntamahdollisuuksista. – Työntekijöille

– employees


Estonian Versions

HEMA – Töökoha sportimis- ja liikumisvõimaluste uuring

– employers

HEMA – Töökoha sportimis- ja liikumisvõimaluste uuring – Töötajatele

– employees


Antonio Mauri has died at the age of 81

EFCS Honorary member Antonio Mauri has died at the age of 81

April 4th was a very sad day for the Mauro family, CSAIn (Centri Sportivi Aziendali e Industriali) and EFCS. Pater familias Antonio Mauri, former president and honorary president of CSAIn, died of the consequences of the deadly corona virus in Catania, Sicily, Italy.

Antonio, born in Cavenago, Brianza on February 8th 1939, was a very respected man who led CSAIn from 2001 till 2008 with passion and vigor. He was also a much appreciated member of the EFCS Executive Committee from 2004 till 2010.

Antonio will be remembered as a very charming, gentle, sensible and intelligent man who was always available.

EFCS presents its deepest condolences to his wife Gabriela, his family and friends in this dark time.

corona prevention

COVID-19: guidelines for the workplace

EU-OSHA’s sister agency, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus and is regularly posting updates and resources on its website.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), as well as the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOSH) have also published practical information for workplaces.

Please find more info :

team sport EFCS

New look for the EFCS Sport Management

On the 21st of February, a meeting of the EFCS Sport Management (SM) took place in Copenhagen. It was the first reunion of this management in its new composition since, last year, 5 new members had been appointed by the EFCS Executive Committee.

The main topics on the agenda were the evaluation of the last edition of the European Company Sport Games 2019 in Salzburg, a preview on both the European Company Sport Winter Games 2020 in Strbske Pléso (Slovakia) and the European Company Sport Summer Games 2021 in Arnhem (The Netherlands).
Once the official agenda had been completed, the group split up in 2 workshops to further discuss the future priority topics for EFCS Sport Management and to exchange ideas in the field of company sports in their respective countries.

Once the official agenda had been completed, the group split up in 2 workshops to further discuss the future priority topics for EFCS Sport Management and to exchange ideas in the
Having fully understood the ‘obligation’ not to neglect the social aspect and in order to strengthen the feeling of togetherness, the Danish hosts put together a bowling competition with changing team compositions, thus creating lots of fun and a great atmosphere.
Finally, a big „thanks“ to the organizing committee of the Danish federation with Peder Bisgaard and Claus Schou for having created the perfect conditions for this meeting.
For a good understanding, SM chaired by Reinhard Sitzler is composed of vice chairwoman Galina Gorbatenkova (LAT), vice chairman Uwe Tronnier (GER), and members Yoram Arnstein (ISR), Dario Cinic (CRO), Claus Schou (DEN), Patrik Perosa (SLO), Thomas Le Lann (FRA), Anna Sundstrom (SWE), Branko Vujovic (SER), Velizar Djeric (SER), Wolfgang Grossmann (GER), Dirk Van Haelter (BEL) and Nikos Kerassovitis (GRE).

opening cocktail met Marc Tarabella

Installation of the new Bureau of the Sports Group of the European Parliament

On the 18th of February 2020, the new Bureau of the Sports Group, formerly known as Sport Intergroup, was presented by MEPs in the Members Salon in the European Parliament in Brussels in the presence of EFCS and a large number of other stakeholders. The Sports Group will continue a long standing work of the previous Sport Intergroup.
The new composition is co-chaired by Marc Tarabella (Belgium) and Tomasz Frankowski (Poland). Vice-chairs are Tiziana Beghin (Italy), Viola Von Cramon-Taupadel (Germany), Dragos Pislaru (Romania), Iban Garcia del Blanco (Spain) and Theodoros Zagorakis (Greece), coordination is in hands of Kasia Biniaszczyck; Emmanuel Foulon (Belgium) remains spokesman.

The future priorities concern Sport & Environment (New Green Deal), Sport & Innovation, UEFA EURO 2020, Fight against doping, Digital piracy of sporting events.
Following actions are planned:
– To secure the budget for sport in the Erasmus Program 2021-2027
– To pressure for the Ratification of the Macolin Convention (fight against the manipulation of sports competitions)
– To ensure the continuation of existing pilot projects and preparatory actions for sport


2nd from left prof. Danijel Jurakic, on his left prof. Zeljko Pedisic

Erasmus+ program Sports Club for Health (SCforH) kicks off officially


The European Federation for Company Sport is very active in various areas. One of these areas are the Erasmus+ programs EFCS. Four programs were or are led by EFCS, in 4 others EFCS is a partner.
In the latter category, the ScforH program was launched in Zagreb on the 7th of February 2020. The first meeting was held in the premises of the Faculty of Kinesiology in the presence of several Croatian sport federations and public authorities. This project led by the Faculty of Kinesiology of the University of Zagreb gathers a consortium of 18 partners from all over Europe and even beyond.


SCforH working team

The aim is to create mechanisms for continuous implementation of the Sports Club for Hea

lth guidelines in the European Union. The overarching objective of this project is to increase participation in sport and HEPA in EU by encouraging sports clubs and associations to implement SCforH principles in their activities.


The 3 year SCforH project is in fact the logical outcome of an idea that originated in 2008 by our former board member Jorma Savola and the Croatian prof. Stjepan Heimer. Since, a SCforH working group has been operating as part of the European Network for the Promotion of Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (WHO/HEPA Europe) and has produced in 2011 the first book of SCforH guidelines and in 2017 an updated version. What is the role of EFCS?

What is the role of EFCS?

EFCS will help realising following goals:
1. Developing the SCforH online learning tool based on the experience gained from successful SCforH initiatives
a. Identify examples of good practices
b. Select the most relevant information about SCforH movement, principles and implementation strategies
c. Create a database of SCforH initiatives
d. Develop SCforH online learning tool
2. Providing training on SCforH principles and implementation strategies to representatives of sport associations and sports clubs in Europe
a. Update the database of sport associations
b. Encourage sport associations to complete the SCforH online learning course
c. Encourage sport associations to disseminate the SCforH online learning tool
d. Conduct a survey among sport associations

List of partners :

1. Institute of Sport Science, Karl-Franzens University of Graz, Austria
2. Physical Activity, Sports & Health Research Group, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
3. Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
4. Department of Teacher Education, University of Turku, Finland
5. Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
6. Finish Olympic Committee
7. The Sports Faculty, University of Lorraine, France
8. German Gymnastics Association
9. Hungarian School, University and Leisure Sport Federation
10. Department of Sport and Health Science, Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland
11. Gaelic Athletic Association, Ireland
12. Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Belgrade, Serbia
13. School of Health and Medical Sciences, Orebro University, Sweden


EFCS launches WAC: Workplace Active Certification

Official kick-off meeting of the WAC project

The European Federation for Company Sport has launched its latest European project, Erasmus+, in Paris on the 4th of February 2020. This project will gather 10 partners from over Europe to offer concrete solutions to the creation of a European-wide certification on health, wellness, physical activity in the workplace.

Partners were invited at INSEP, high level performance training centre for French Athletes. After a guided tour of the facilities, partners participated in their first meeting.

The WAC project, for Workplace Active Certification, is a two-year project which follows the path of a previous Erasmus+ Project, EMoCS – European Meeting of Company Sport. The EMoCS project showed the need for a unique certification for companies to promote their initiatives towards wellbeing, wellness, health with regards to physical activity.

The WAC project kick-offs where EMoCS left off. WAC will today work on the creation of the certification. A first draft and test version will be launched during the 2020 European Week of Sport. After the evaluation process, the certification will officially be launched during the 2021 European Week of Sport. The first applicants will be evaluated in 2022 for an official certification award during the 2022 European Week of Sport.

Role of EFCS

As project leader, the EFCS, will overview the whole project and the specific tasks alocated to partners such as:

  • Research, diagnose, analyse good practices and the fields of the project to come up with an up-to-date state of the art report;
  • Define the different steps and organisation of the certification process, establish official national contact points all over Europe and to coordinate the general strategy of the process;
  • Define the certification criteria, build a method to select applications and to propose the final version of the certification with regards to the pilot phase;
  • Elaborate self-evaluation tools and processes for applicants, build a training programme and content for auditors and define quality controls;
  • Establish a programme and matrix for the pilot tests, identify the companies and evaluate the pilot test;
  • Support the intellectual outputs and certification overall by implementing strategic event actions;
  • Support the certification and its legacy and sustainability towards companies all over Europe.

Project consortium

  • European Federation for Company Sport
  • French Federation for Company Sport
  • FESI
  • Evaleo
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Sport & Citizenship
  • Chamber of Commerce of Korinth
  • Olympic Committee of Slovenia
  • Artvelde University College Ghent
  • Maltese Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisations

More information available on the WAC website:


European Week of Sport keeps on growing. Budget for sport will be doubled

The official opening on 22 September of the 5th edition of the European Week of Sport (EWoS) was held in the Espoo Sports Park on the outskirts of the Finnish capital Helsinki under a bright sun and frisky weather conditions.
In the presence of EC commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics and of EC Commissioner for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen thousands of schoolchildren enjoyed themselves in all kinds of activities such as sumo wrestling and outdoor bowling.

The EWoS launched in 2015 and taking place every year from 23 to 30 September was created by the European Commission with 1 goal: to promote physical activity and sport all over Europe. Since the first edition in 2015 in Brussels, the EWoS has grown dramatically from 5 million participants to over 13 million in this year’s edition. More than 50 000 events were organized spread over 42 participating countries and 47 partner organisations.
The week is traditionally structured around 4 focus themes, namely sports clubs and fitness centers, outdoors, education environment and workplace.

In the Monday 22 September afternoon session, commissioner Navracsics emphasized rightly that sport has a unique power to break down barriers and proudly announced that the European Commission has proposed to double the budget for sport to € 550 million in the future to boost physical activity essentially among young people.