EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, in charge of sports policy, met on February 27 in Madrid for the first time with the presidents and CEOs of 20 clubs at LaLiga’s headquarters. “La Liga and Spanish soccer teams have been pioneers in adopting high-tech innovations, from anti-piracy technology to viewing tools, that move European soccer forward. I am convinced that these innovations will generate contagion effects and change. This is fully in line with our vision and the efforts undertaken in the New European Innovation Agenda,” said Commissioner Gabriel.
Following a welcome speech by LaLiga’s president, Javier Tebas, the commissioner gave a presentation on innovation and sport as drivers of economic competitiveness. The meeting concluded with an in-depth presentation by LaLiga’s director of innovation and a round table discussion with the presidents and CEOs of soccer clubs.
“At the European level, our top priority is to make the most of innovation in sport and through sport. Today’s debate is a clear sign of the Spanish soccer sector’s involvement in achieving this ambition. In order to foster the joint implementation of synergies and solutions to achieve real impact, I will be holding a first Innovation Summit on Sport and Innovation in Brussels on May 30. This initiative will be key to promoting innovation as central to our European sport model,” concluded Commissioner Gabriel.