POSTED: January 20th 2015

EOC Executive Board assesses European sports events in relation to Olympic Agenda 2020

The EOC Executive Board met at the new ANOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland / EOC
The EOC Executive Board met at the new ANOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland / EOC

A group shot of the entire EOC Executive Board / EOC
A group shot of the entire EOC Executive Board / EOC

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The first European Olympic Committees (EOC) Executive Committee meeting of 2015 was held today in Lausanne at the new Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) headquarters. At the top of the agenda was the preparations for Europe's first ever continental multi-sport Games in Baku.

EOC President Patrick Hickey chaired the 16-person Executive Committee who received reports from the Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi and Treasurer Kikis Lazarides. The meeting also involved discussions on some of EOC's upcoming sporting events like, the summer and winter editions of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) along with the inaugural European Games in Baku.

In addition, the Extraordinary General Assembly and EOC Seminar will take place from May 14th through the 16th in Belek, Turkey. This was confirmed by the Executive Committee. All the NOCs of Europe will be asked to ratify the newly proposed 2019 European Games host city during the Extraordinary General Assembly, and potential changes to the EYOF Charter. In lieu of the EYOF Charter's potential reforms, a working group was created by the Executive Committee. This working group will assess the EYOF's overall concept in the new context of the Youth Olympic Games and the Olympic Agenda 2020.

The Executive Council meeting was held following last night's joint dinner in Lausanne, which was hosted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and included the ANOC Executive Council.

EOC President Patrick Hickey stated, "This year is a landmark year for the EOC and I am very pleased with how our first meeting of 2015 has gone. There are now just under six months to go until the opening ceremony of the Baku 2015 European Games so we are living in very exciting times for European sport."

He went on to add, "Hosting our meeting in ANOC's new headquarters is a symbol of the increased collaboration between the EOC, IOC and ANOC as we all work hand-in-hand to implement Olympic Agenda 2020 across the Olympic Movement."

A detailed update on the European Games was given by the Chair of the EOC Coordination Commission for Baku 2015, Spyros Capralos. Joining him during the update was the Senior Technical Consultant to the EOC Guido de Bondt, who had just returned from a number of briefings from every Baku 2015 European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) directorates in the Azerbaijani capital.

"We'd like to congratulate BEGOC on their progress. The direction, and pace, has changed from preparation to delivery. The venues are outstanding and we have every confidence that the inaugural European Games in Baku will be a complete success. That doesn't mean we have no challenges, and we must make every day count if we are to produce a first-class Games. The fifth and final CoCom meeting in ten days' time is going to be very important to make sure we continue that momentum," concluded Spyros Capralos.

**MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog 

Keywords · EOC · Lausanne · Patrick Hickey · ANOC · European Games · Baku 2015

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