The European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO) is a not for profit organisation with public responsibilities, the umbrella organisation of National Sport Confederations and National Olympic Committees from 40 European countries.
The vision of ENGSO is to be the leading voice of voluntary sports organisations in Europe.
ENGSO's mission is to promote the interest of sport organisations in Europe; to be a respected voice for grassroots sport; to be a credible partner in European sport policy and an effective platform for an active network of sport organisations.
ENGSO's main aim is to be a bridge building organisation, which promotes European integration and assists member organisations in enhancing sport development and raising the status and credibility of sport in member countries. Furthermore, ENGSO has the aims to promote the role of sport in society, to defend the general interest of voluntary sports movement at European level and ensure the sustainable financing and the integrity of sport in Europe.
In the 60's, when governments had started to deliberate on sports matters in the Council of Europe, the informal NGO Club, as a discussion forum, was set up in order to join forces and define common sport political positions.
In the 90's, after the political changes in Eastern and Central Europe, membership increased and NGO Club became a true Pan-European sports organisation. Hence in 1990 it was felt necessary to change the name to European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO). In 1995 ENGSO was formalised by adopting official statutes, which include the holding of General Assemblies and the election of an Executive Committee. In this way, ENGSO not only became a bridge building organisation for East-West cooperation in sports, but it also strengthened its status a partner for the defence of the general sport interest at European level, especially vis-á-vis European institutions, such as the Council of Europe and the political and administrative bodies of the European Union.
ENGSO has been registered within the National Olympic and Sports Committee of France in the House of Olympic Sports, Paris, France in 2006. This decision has become legally valid following the Declaration of Association, issued by the Prefecture of Paris on June 28, 2006.