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Competition Policy

Legislation (Sports)


  • The Communication on Sport, adopted on 18 January 2011, sets out the Commission's ideas for EU-level action in the field of sport. The Communication is accompanied by a Staff Working Document on the free movement of professional and amateur sportspeople in the EU.
  • European Council Declaration on Sport (see page 21, Annex 5 to the Presidency Conclusions of the Brussels European Council of 11-12 December 2008)
  • European Parliament resolution of 8 May 2008 on the White Paper on Sport (2007/2261(INI))
  • The White Paper on Sport adopted in July 2007 gives the Commission's strategic orientation on the role of sport in the European Union. Competition issues are addressed in more detail in the Staff Working Document "The EU and Sport: Background and Context" (SEC(2007) 935) and particularly in Annex I to that document "Sport and EU Competition Rules".
  • European Parliament resolution of 29 March 2007 on the future of professional football in Europe (2006/2130(INI))
  • Council Declaration (Annex 4) on the specific characteristics of sport and its social function in Europe, of which account should be taken in implementing common policies (Nice 2000)
  • Declaration on sport (number 29) annexed to the Treaty of Amsterdam amending the Treaty on European Union, the Treaties establishing the European Communities and certain related acts.


Studies / Reports / Articles



Reply to a petition regarding case SA.31550 – Nürburgring