EOC hosts virtual General Assembly
Representatives from 50 European NOCs met today for the first virtual General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC).
The General Assembly began with a minute’s silence for former EOC President Janez Kocijančič, who passed away on 1 June.
Opening remarks were delivered by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and EOC Acting President Niels Nygaard.
EOC Acting President Nygaard provided an overview of EOC activities and EOC Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi delivered a report on the activities of the EOC Office in Rome.
ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg also delivered a detailed report on ANOC’s activities and how ANOC is continuing to support NOCs. IOC Director of NOC Relations Department & Olympic Solidarity James McLeod also delivered a report.
Coordination Commission Chair for the 2023 European Games Kraków & Małopolska Hasan Arat provided a detailed progress report for the 3rd edition of the Games.
The General Assembly voted in favour of two changes to the EOC Articles of Association. The first amendment ensures that elections be held at the next scheduled General Assembly at the latest “should the President or any Officer(s), or other elected member(s) of the Executive Committee” cease for any reason to hold office during their term of office. The amendment means that elections for the entire EOC Executive Committee will be held at next year’s General Assembly in Greece on 16 April.
During the GA, Acting President Nygaard and ExCo Member Spyros Capralos both announced their candidacies for EOC President.
The second proposal, tabled by the Olympic Federation of Ireland, was aimed at aligning the EOC Executive Committee with Olympic Agenda 2020 proposals for gender parity in sport. From the next EOC elections onward, a minimum of five of the elected 16 members on the EOC Executive Board must be of each gender, while procedures for such elections shall include provisions to ensure the minimum gender number is met.
The General Assembly selected biathlete Linda Zingerle (ITA) as the winner of the 5th Winter Piotr Nurowski Prize.
Meanwhile, Borjomi and Bakuriani (GEO) were presented as hosts of the 2025 winter edition of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF), while Brno (CZE) was confirmed as host of the summer edition in 2025.
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