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EU Sport Forum 2024

The EU Sport Forum took place on 16 and 17 April 2024 in Liège, Belgium.

16 - 17 April 2024
Liège, Belgium

The EU Sport Forum is an annual event organised by the European Commission in support of the continuous dialogue with the European and international sport community. It is a central meeting point between sport organisations, representatives of the EU Institutions and Member States exchanging views on the current and future sport policies.

In the run up to Paris 2024, this year’s Forum will look into the connection between EU and Olympic values and focus on some of the most topical issues in the sport sector, such as integrity, sustainability and gender equality. 

The Forum will also address the new perspectives for European football, the challenges to sport in the digital age and lifelong sport, representing an opportunity to discuss the future of sport policy. 

The award ceremony for the #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards will also take place during the event.

Event programme

Event venue: Palais des Congrès – Liège, Belgium

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Moderator: Michelle Tanner, Director of Sport and Physical Activity, Trinity College Dublin


  • Erik Duiven, Director of Education, Doping Authority Netherlands and Member of WADA’s Education Standing Committee
  • Francine Hetherington-Raveney, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport, Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) - Council of Europe
  • Paulina Tomczyk, Secretary General, EU Athletes and Project Manager, PROtect Integrity Erasmus+ Project
  • Camilla Contorni, Associate Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, UNODC

Moderator: Violeta Birzniece, Sport Unit, DG EAC, European Commission


  • Urška Žolnir Jugovar, Former Olympic Judoka, EU Olympics Ambassador
  • Gabriela Soukalová, Former Olympic Biathlete, EU Olympics Ambassador
  • Kim Bui, Former Olympic Gymnast, EU Olympics Ambassador
  • Laia Palau, Olympic Basketball Player, EU Olympic Ambassador

Moderator: Peter Fischer, Sport Unit, DG EAC, European Commission


  • Eva Rebmann, Deputy Director, EOC EU Office, Erasmus+ OCEAN Project 
  • Réka Veress, Project Coordinator, Erasmus+ project City, Green, Go, Hungarian School, University and Leisure Sport Federation and Coordinator, HEPA Focal Point

Moderator: Violeta Birzniece, Sport Unit, DG EAC, European Commission


  • Zaira Pia Vaccaro, Youth Integrity Ambassador, ENGSO
  • Aladdin Alrifai, Project Manager, Budapest Association for International Sports and Coordinator, Erasmus+ project Digital Fitness
  • Sergio Lara-Bercial, Vice President Strategy and Development, Sport Coaching Europe and International Council for Coaching Excellence 
  • Panos Tsigaras, Coordinator, Erasmus+ Project Streetball4Inclusion
  • Marloes de Brabandere, PhD researcher, Ghent University

Moderator: Matteo Zacchetti, Sport Unit, DG EAC, European Commission


  • Gillian Kelly, Senior Research ManagerEcorys
  • James Sennet, Associate Director, Ecorys

Moderator: Heidi Sulander, Special Advisor, Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU


  • Vanina Milanova, Assembly President, European Multisport Club Association
  • André Seabra, Director Football School, Portuguese Football Federation
  • Andreas Paulsen, Executive Director, EuropeActive 
  • Michael Omann, CEO, Movevo 
  • Peter Fischer, Sport Unit, DG EAC, European Commission
  • Matteo Zacchetti, Sport Unit, DG EAC, European Commission