One-day seminar: The Challenge for Europe in the Governance of Sport

runnersDear all,

You are kindly invited to join the one day seminar “The Challenge for Europe in the Governance of Sport” which will be held on 8 April 2013 at Hotel Silken Berlaymont in Brussels, 9.00–16.00.

The seminar, hosted by Play the Game/ Danish Institute for Sports Studies, will present the results of the Action for Good Governance in International Sports Organisations (AGGIS) project and “Sports Governance Observer”, a tool to measure transparency, democracy and accountability in international sports organisations which has been developed in cooperation with leading experts from six European universities and the European Journalism Centre as a part of the AGGIS project.

The seminar is arranged by Play the Game and the Danish Institute for Sports Studies. So far the following speakers and panellists are confirmed (in order of appearance):

  • Darren Bailey, Director of Football Governance and Regulation, the English FA, and co-chair of the EU Expert Group on Good Governance in Sport, United Kingdom
  • Ingrid Beutler, Manager, Sports Integrity Unit, SportAccord, Switzerland
  • Barrie Houlihan, Professor, Institute of Sport and Leisure Policy, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Loughborough, UK
  • Hans Bruyninckx, Professor of Political Science and Director HIVA – Research Institute for Work and Society, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Morten Løkkegaard, MEP, Vice-chair of the European Parliament’s Commission on Education and Culture, Denmark/Belgium
  • Folker Hellmund, Head of the EU Office of the European Olympic Committees, Belgium/Germany
  • Mikkel Larsen, Governance Support Officer, Sport and Recreation Alliance, United Kingdom
  • Sylvia Schenk, Senior Advisor for Sport, Transparency International Germany, and Saska B. Tomat, Project Coordinator, International Sport and Culture Association, Germany/Slovenia/Denmark
  • Antonia Hagemann, Head of European Development, Supporters Direct, United Kingdom
  • Arnout Geeraert, PhD Candidate, HIVA – Research Institute for Work and Society, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Michael Mrkonjic, PhD Candidate, IDHEAP (Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration), Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Jens Sejer Andersen, International Director, Play the Game, Denmark

Additional speakers from the EU Commission, the European Parliament and external experts are invited, but not yet confirmed.

In total, five EU Projects on sports governance join the seminar and will use the occasion to present their final or preliminary project results. Four projects will be presented by the European Olympic Committees (EOC), Supporters Direct, Sport & Recreation Alliance and the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA).

Play the Game’s own project contribution is the presentation of the “Sports Governance Observer”, a tool to measure transparency, democracy and accountability in international sports organisations.

Free participation, but registration is required
The seminar will take place on Monday 8 April 2013 at

Hotel Silken Berlaymont 
11-19, Boulevard Charlemagne
1000 Brussels

The hotel is centrally located in the European District in Brussels; just steps away form the European Commission.

More information about how to get to the seminar venue

The seminar is free with lunch, coffee breaks and an afternoon cocktail included.

Note: Due to the practical arrangements, registration is mandatory and must be done by emailing your name, professional title and workplace to Conference Manager Maria Suurballe at on Monday 1 April at the latest.

Please note that you are not registered for the seminar until you receive a confirmation email from Play the Game.

Hope to see many of you in Brussels soon!

Kind regards,


dr. Simona Kustec-Lipicer
Izredni profesor / Associate Professor
Katedra za analizo politik in javno upravo / Chair of Policy Analysis and Public Administration
Fakulteta za družbene vede / Faculty of Social Sciences
Univerza v Ljubljani / University of Ljubljana
Kardeljeva ploščad 5, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

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