Highlighting the important role European Aquatics is playing in the continent, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani paid a visit to Budapest to meet the members of the LEN Family on the occasion of the 2018 LEN Congress. Accepting the invitation of LEN President Paolo Barelli, Mr Tajani gave his firm support to the federation’s new programme called ‘Learn-to-Swim, Prevent Drowning’.
In his speech, President Barelli asked all 52 Member Federations to join the European Blue Card Programme as well as to introduce the LEN Standards in swimming education. “This is to be connected with a campaign on the values of swimming, promotion of the Culture of Water which should lead to have more people in Europe swimming more effectively, more regularly and more safely” he said.
In his speech, Antonio Tajani described sport as one of the most important activities which is part of our culture and equal with peace – as well as an area producing 3% of the EU’s annual GDP and offering 5.5 million jobs. “Thanks to LEN’s efforts, swimming enjoys a growing popularity in Europe” the President said. “However, we all know that swimming doesn’t only have positive impact on health but also a live-saving skill. That’s why I fully support LEN’s programme ‘Learn-to-swim, Prevent Drowning and I kindly invite you to Brussels to present this initiative to the top decision-makers of the European Union.”
Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament