Shortly after the completion of the project’s final event held last week in Lisbon and involving all partners of the Green Sports Hub Europe project, the programme enjoyed further visibility and exposure at a meeting of the ‘Expert Group on Green Sport’.

Organised by the Sport Unit of the European Commission Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport, and Culture, the meeting of the Expert Group on Green Sport took place online on Tuesday 17 October 2023.

The EU Work Plan for Sport (1 January 2021- 30 June 2024) has prompted the European Commission to create 2 new expert groups in the fields of

  1. Green Sport
  2. Recovery of the sport sector during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic

Once Member States nominated their experts, the first meeting took place back in May 2021. The Expert Group has since then moved further away and the meeting on Tuesday was the first time the Group met since they approved back in June the final text of the Recommendations for a common framework for sustainable sport, they have been working for the past year.

As Head of the GSHE Steering Group, Vuk Karanovic, CEV Head of Development, introduced the attendees of the online meeting to the main results achieved by the Green Sports Hub Europe project, of which the European Volleyball Confederation was one of the leading partners.

Vuk presented in particular the resources produced by the consortium and showed how these can be beneficial in ongoing efforts made to deliver (major) sports events with a more environmental-friendly approach.  

Nevena Vukasinovic, who has been a driving force of the GSHE project from its inception also took part in the meeting.

The discussion panel provided an opportunity to express the hope that the Green Sports Hub Europe can and should evolve from an Erasmus+ funded project to a sustainable hub with a focus on knowledge sharing, campaigning, and policy-making at European as well as on a national level.