Resolution of the EU Parliament: Impact of COVID-19 on youth and sports

The impact of COVID-19 on youth and sports. A resolution of the European Parliament (11 February 2021)

The negative estimates of the economic and social impact the pandemic is having on the sports domain, which accounts for 2.12% of European GDP and 2.72% of total EU employment, with about 5,67 million jobs, are devastating.

On February 10, the European Parliament adopted a resolution (with 592 votes in favor, 42 against and 57 abstentions) in which it urges the Commission and Member States to intensify their efforts to prevent the health emergency linked to the COVID-19 pandemic from having lasting negative effects on young people and the sports sector.

Of great concern is the potential for permanent damage to professional and grassroots sports and, consequently, to public health in general.

Grassroots sports, in particular, play a key role in promoting the social inclusion of people with fewer opportunities and disabilities, and MEPs are calling for more support to be provided to low-income families to enable continued participation in sports and recreational activities. Support and recovery measures for the sports sector should be included in national recovery and resilience plans, and targeted actions should also be identified at the European level as part of the EU Work Plan for Sport to prevent long-term consequences and potential irreversible damage.

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