Dual careers´ for sportspeople, which aim to combine sports training with education, will be one of the main themes addressed at the 2013 EU Sport Forum, which takes place in Vilnius on 30 September-1 October. Basketball legend and Olympic gold-medallist Šarūnas Marčiulioniss will join Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner responsible for sport, in a high-level panel debate on dual careers on the second day of the Forum.
It is envisaged that Erasmus+ will allocate more than €33 million a year for grassroots sport between 2014 and 2020. It will support transnational projects aimed at boosting the exchange of know-how and good practices, special non-commercial European sport events and a strengthened evidence-base for sport policy-making. The main beneficiaries will be public bodies and civil society organisations active in grassroots sport. Since 2007, the Commission has provided more than €22 million in support of sport projects.
The Council and the European Parliament are expected to adopt Erasmus+ in the coming weeks. The Recommendation on Health-Enhancing Physical Activity proposed by the Commission could be adopted by the Council before the end of the year.