REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS on the implementation of the Council Recommendation on promoting health-enhancing physical activity across sectors
1. The European Commission’s Report summarises the progress made in implementing the Council Recommendation on promoting health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA). In particular, it sets out progress in national strategies and action plans across 23 indicators on sport, health, education, environment and transport.
2. The UK signed up to the Council Recommendation on HEPA in October 2013. The Council Recommendation requires each Member State to appoint a national “focal point” to co-ordinate the collection of data on physical activity. England (the Department of Health and Social Care) is the focal point for the UK.
3. The Commission reports on its implementation every 3 years. A first progress report was published in December 2016 covering the period 2014-2016. This is the second report, covering the period 2017-2019. No EU legislation is proposed.
3.1. Overall, there has been positive developments, including the adoption of several new policies, improvement of cross-sector cooperation at national level and stronger cross-border cooperation.
3.2. A survey across Member States found that 28 Member States have implemented policies across a few different sectors, including sport, education, transport, environment and health. This was measured against 23 indicators. The UK was one of nine countries to have implemented 20 or more policies in these sectors.