#SportDiplomacyAcademy online meeting
22.05.2020
On 22nd of May 2020, the #SportDiplomacyAcademy participants gathered on online meeting to update each other about the situation in their countries and to receive an update from the project team about the project lifetime that has been affected by COVID-19 pandemic. During the meeting was presented the project platform www.eusportdiplomacy.info that have an opportunity for registration of sport organizations from the European Union and Western Balkans in order to create a sustainable network of active sport organizations in international cooperation.

Half of the 80 project participants was able to join the gathering and they have launched a positive message to the sport community that is living a challenging times in the present moment (the message is available as picture in the present announcement).

The Sport Diplomacy Academy project is a legacy of the first Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council, which took place in the first half of 2018 and is focused on cooperation with the Western Balkans as a logical continuation of all activities carried out under the #EU2018BG Priority: Perspective of the EU and the Western Balkans connectivity, citing the Sofia Declaration and the Sofia and EU Priority Agenda for the EU and the Western Balkans. The European Union and the Western Balkans must continue to invest in efforts to strengthen cooperation and the exchange of good practices focused on democracy, security and fundamental human rights. Project ensures the educational mobility of coaches and other staff of sport organisations (incl. volunteers) linked to professional and grassroots sport. The four mobility modules, which will be implemented in each partner country, will improve the skills and competencies of a total of 80 sports professionals, as well as their qualifications, through learning mobility. Learning mobility is planned as an investment in human capital and a contribution to the capacity building of various sport organisations with clear focus on building a network of well-trained sport diplomats, with activities co-funded by a European Union pilot program.