THE IOC PRESIDENT MEETS THE PRESIDENT OF FRANCE
Lausanne, 30 August 2000 - to discuss sport in the European Union -
The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), accompanied by Dr Jacques Rogge, President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), met yesterday afternoon in Paris with the President of the French Republic, Mr Jacques Chirac, to discuss the inclusion of a reference to sport in the Treaty on European Union.
This joint proposal by the IOC, EOC and European Non-Governmental Sports Organizations (ENGSO) seeks to:
- encourage access to and the practice of sport at all levels;
- promote and defend the sports structures in Europe;
- encourage initiatives aimed at promoting the values of sport with a view to achieving better understanding between the citizens of the European Union;
- promote cooperation between Member States and national or international sports associations, while respecting the autonomy of these associations in terms of organizing sport and the rules which govern it.
President Jacques Chirac expressed his conviction about the need to see sports practice attain a greater dimension in Europe. He also promised to ensure that this proposed text was studied by the European Union under France’s presidency.
The IOC President said: “I am satisfied with this meeting, and thank President Chirac for his support. I look forward to seeing the French government and the European authorities encourage the practice of sport accessible to all.”