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The European Commission adopted in 2007 a White Paper on Sport, which was its first comprehensive initiative on sport. The White Paper was focused on the societal role of sport, its economic aspects and its organisation in Europe. This paper covered extremely controversial issues such as transfers of players and TV rights. Originally, the EU had no role on sport affairs, and there was no need for that. The Commission has stressed, “sport activity is subject to the application of EU law” as “competition law and Internal Market provisions apply to sport in so far as it constitutes an economic activity.” However, the Lisbon Treaty has given EU competence in this area. At the time, when the White paper was adopted, the Commission has made clear that it was just waiting for the Lisbon Treaty to enter into force to propose concrete proposals for further EU action. The Lisbon Treaty has given the EU a new competence on sport.

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