In spite of efforts to promote equal opportunities in Europe, many children and adults with disabilities still do not exercise their full rights to perform sport and physical activities at their desired levels.
Sport for persons with disabilities can be considered both in terms of purely sports-related aspects and in terms of Community policy. According to the Commission, sport can help increase awareness of the range of problems faced by people with disabilities, achieve an inclusive barrier-free society, be a factor for social integration and help pave the way to employment.
The European Paralympic Committee (EPC) has called on the Commission to do everything possible to guarantee equal opportunities for all EU citizens to do sport and benefit from the added value that physical activity brings.
17 February 2016
European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium – Room ASP 5G1
13.20 – 13.45 Registration of participants – entrance Place de Luxembourg
14.00 Opening remarks
Mircea DIACONU – Vice-president of Committee on Culture and Education in the European Parliament
14.10 – 14.40 Where we stand on EU policy for sports and disability
Szabolcs HORVATH – Cabinet of Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth & Sport
Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union (tbc)
Marc TARABELLA – MEP, European Parliament Sport Intergroup
Elisabeta LIPĂ – Minister for Youth and Sports, Romania
14.40 – 15.00 Question & answers session
15.00 – 15.30 Inside facts. How can we improve access of people with disabilities to sports
Sally WOOD LAMONT – President of the Romanian Paralympic Committee
Anne d’IETEREN – President of the Belgian Paralympic Committee
Jaco du PLESSIS – President of Theranova, Prosthetic and Orthotic Centre
Matthias GUETT – President of Sport and Citizenship’s Sport and Disabilities European Network
15.30 – 16.00 Question & answers session
Conclusion and closing remarks
Interpretation in English and Romanian will be provided for the entire duration of the Conference.
January 2016 – Păltiniș, Romania