Witold Bańka at the meeting of the Council of the European Union
On 21 November, the Minister of Sport and Tourism took part in a meeting of the EU Council for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport in Brussels.
In the meeting, the gathered Sports Ministers adopted conclusions on the role of coaches in society and on structured dialogue with the sport movement. Challenges facing contemporary sport, including the fight against doping, were also discussed. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee thanked minister Bańka for good cooperation and efforts towards strengthening the dialogue in this area.
The conclusions on the role of coaches in society underline their contribution to the development of civil society and social inclusion, and point out that coaches play a key role in sport.
The resolution on the EU structured dialogue with the sports movement describes how the Member States and the European Commission will cooperate with sports organizations at the European level. The document indicates the forums for the dialogue as well as the main principles to be followed by the States and the Commission in organizing the cooperation.
Apart from adopting the documents, the ministers held a debate in which they presented their views on the challenges facing sport in the 21st century and on cooperation with the sport movement.
Contemporary sport is changing rapidly. Therefore, only information sharing, exchange of innovative approaches and good practices, as well as joint international action will make it possible for us to meet the challenges, said minister Bańka during the debate.
In the last part of the meeting, minister Bańka announced that Poland has started work towards holding the 2019 World Conference on Doping in Sport in Katowice, and invited the attending ministers to the event.