Considering the rise of match-fixing and the ever-present ghost of doping, the Member States of the European Union (EU) are facing no shortage of highly visible issues with transnational and/or European dimensions that demand attention. While the EU has been informally involved in the governance of sport for decades, it has only recently been granted a direct, formal competence in the area of sport with the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009 and hence article 165 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). While the ‘story’ of how sport policy came to be included in the Treaty of Lisbon has been analysed is great detail, less work has been done on how the EU has made use of this competency. Accordingly this paper will analyse the implementation of article 165 TFEU and the early steps undertaken by the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, which will be done from the theoretical perspective of agenda-setting.
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