European Parliament Founded Intergroup On Sport
BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Parliament has founded an ‘Intergroup’ on Sport. The Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) pleaded for creating this political body.
Intergroups have no legislative power, but are formed to promote exchange of views. According to FESI the Intergroup on Sport is to drive discussions within the European Parliament on sport related topics and is to focus attention on specific policy needs and recommendations.
Alberto Bichi, Secretary General of FESI comments: “This is a very important informal political body within the European Parliament and FESI has been a driving force in convincing some 120 Members of the European Parliament to agree on the creation and the constitution of this new intergroup on sport.”
No official status
The European Parliament’s main political factions have agreed on the establishment of 28 Intergroups for the current mandate (2014-2019). Even with no official status in the European Parliament, Intergroups tend to be targeted by pressure groups, which see them as an easy way to gain influence in the Parliament.
Not all Intergroups succeed
“They allow us to carry out consultations very easily, and to create links with the MEPs,” a lobbyist explained. But not all Intergroups succeed: there were over 70 proposals for the current legislature. The Logistics Intergroup proposed by the MEP Ismail Ertug, for example, did not make the final cut.
The creation of an Intergroup is not as simple as it may appear at first. On top of the required three MEPs, the subject of the Intergroup must be of interest to the main political groups in order to guarantee their support throughout the formation process.
European Week of Sport
The Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry also managed to have the European Commission sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the promotion of the BeActive campaign and the European Week of Sport. This is to take place from 7 to 13 September 2015. FESI will mobilize its network of brands, retailers, national associations and other groups and partners to raise public awareness of the benefit of sports participation.