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The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and UEFA have joined forces to improve accessibility to EU funding for sports. The two bodies highlighted the importance that EU regional investment – EU cohesion policy – plays in supporting regions deliver sports locally, and its subsequent role in promoting territorial cohesion across Europe.

This message was set out in a joint declaration signed by the CoR’s President Karl-Heinz Lambertz and UEFA First Vice-President Karl-Erik Nilsson during a high-level conference held in Brussels today.

The event gathered participants from the EU institutions – including EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics – and representatives from UEFA’s 55 national football associations. The event highlighted the importance of EU funding for sport within the context of the #CohesionAlliance, an EU-wide coalition of those who believe that EU cohesion policy must continue to be a pillar of the EU’s future.

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