Courtesy of The Albion Alliance Presents we learn:
"The EU's first ever Work Plan for Sport was approved by sports ministers on 20 May. This is a new area of EU competence introduced by the Lisbon Treaty. Another issue addressed at the meeting was sport-related aspects of on-line betting, which was discussed - apart from the formal session - in a "high-level structured dialogue " between EU and national public authorities and representatives from the sports movement. For the period 2011-2014, the main objective of the Work Plan is to strengthen cooperation in the field of sport between member states and the EU. The document identifies three priority themes for action: integrity, social values and the economic aspects of sport. Several working groups will be set up to address issues such as anti-doping, education and training in sport, and sport statistics. Under the new distribution of competences, EU-level action in the area of sport supports and coordinates the activities of member states, while decisions continue to be taken at national level."
The minute I see the phrases "social values of........" or "the economic aspects of........" I find my nerve endings begin to twitch because history shows that it leads to interference in whatever subject resulting in a cost to the member state.
This latest information to emanate from the EU may seem to be of little significance at the moment - but just wait, my friends, just wait.........