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A Roundtable on the European model of sports was held at the Faculty of Law

On Friday, December 2, 2022, a roundtable on the "European model of sport" was held in person & online at the Faculty of Law in Rijeka. The event was organized by the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Law through the Centre for Sports Law, Sports Policies and Sports Diplomacy and the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Sports Law, Policy & Diplomacy with the support of the Jean Monnet Interuniversity Centre of Excellence from Opatija - Croatia, Loughborough University from the UK and the Association for Sport&EU.
The event was held under the auspices of the Government of the Republic of Croatia through the Ministry of Tourism and Sport of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia, while the Representation of the European Commission in the Republic of Croatia also supported the event. In the introductory part, besides the hosts of the meeting, Associate Professor Vanja Smokvina (University of Rijeka, Faculty of Law) and Dr. Borja Garcia Garcia (Loughborough University, UK), the attendees were addressed by  the vice-rector of the University of Rijeka, Professor Marta Žuvić; the State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport of the Republic of Croatia, Mr. Tomislav Družak and the Head of the Representation of the European Commission in the Republic of Croatia, Mr. Ognian Zlatev.

The keynote speaker was Professor Simona Kustec (University of Primorska, Slovenia) and former Minister of Science, Education and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia, who was actively involved in the adoption of the EU Council Resolution in November 2021 on the European Model of Sport. This was followed by a roundtable discussion in which participated Dr. Zlatko Mateša (President of the Croatian Olympic Committee and member of the Executive Committee of the European Olympic Committees), Mrs. Paulina Tomczyk (Secretary General of the only representative association of athletes in the EU - EU Athletes), Professor Richard Parrish (Edge Hill University, UK), Professor Holger Preuß (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz, Germany), Dr. Borja Garcia Garcia (Loughborough University, UK) and Associate Professor Vanja Smokvina (University of Rijeka, Faculty of Law).
The meeting was attended by nearly 200 participants from all parts of the world, which shows the great interest in the topic and the event.

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