History of the EOC EU Office


 

01The office was established in 1993 as "EU Office of German Sports" in Brussels.

02 During the following years, the Europeanisation of the office took place as sport organisations from other EU countries started to join.

03 Following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and the first EU competence in the field of sport, the decision was taken to transform the office in a real European representation office under the umbrella of the European Olympic Committees (EOC).

04 On 20 February 2009, the office was officially transformed into "EOC EU Office". The partner network at the time of establishment consisted of 14 partner organisations. The EOC EU Office was officially opened by Patrick Hickey, President of the EOC, Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Dr. Thomas Bach, President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB).

 

Key dates of the EOC EU Office (since February 2009)

  • 10 November 2009: first edition with discussion on topics such as the Lisbon Treaty, integration and dual careers of athletes
  • 15 June 2011: second edition with the EU Work Plan for Sport and the integrity of sport as main topics
  • 27 February 2013: third edition with discussions on EU funding possibilities for sport and the fight against match-fixing
  • The fourth edition will be organised in the first half of 2015.

  • 20 February 2009: start of the EOC EU Office with 14 partners
  • 1 July 2009: four new partners join the office (Rugby Europe, ENGSO, LEN and FIFA)
  • 1 January 2010: the European Handball Federation (EHF) becomes partner of the office
  • 1 July 2010: the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) becomes partner of the office
  • 1 April 2012: the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) becomes partner of the office
  • 1 September 2014: the Czech Olympic Committee becomes partner of the office, bringing the total partnership to 22


The EOC EU Office is the House of European Sport, representing the European Olympic Committees (EOC) to the European institutions. It furthermore represents the interests of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other major sport organisations at national, European and international level.
  • PIdentify, monitor and analyse subjects of relevance to sport at European level
  • Provide support for and promote the interests of our partners Organise and attend events, seminars and conferences
  • Manage EU sport-related projects
  • Compile position papers and reports
  • Provide assistance and expertise

  1. Societal role of sport, including: education and training, environment, health, physical activity, social inclusion, equal opportunities and volunteering
  2. Economic dimension of sport, including: employment, licensing, media rights, regional development, competition policy, state aid and taxation policy
  3. Integrity of sport, including: the fight against corruption in sport, against doping and against match-fixing
  4. Financing of sport, especially the sustainable financing of sport and funding possibilities for sport provided by the EU-funding Programmes
  5. Good Governance in sport and the organisation of sport in general

Stephan Solomon

Patrick Hickey, President of the EOC, addressing the participants during the third edition of the European Evening of Sports

Stephan Solomon

Official opening of the EOC EU Office by Patrick Hickey, Jacques Rogge, and Dr. Thomas Bach

Patrick Hickey during European Evening of Sports 2013

"Sport deserves to receive full recognition in the upcoming EU budget"

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Date & Location

22 December 2017-2 January 2018
Christmas holidays, EOC EU Office is closed
Brussels

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The EOC EU Office is the House of European Sport, representing the European Olympic Committees (EOC), the IOC and other major sport organisations to the European institutions in Brussels.

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  • info (@) euoffice.eurolympic.org
  • +32 2 738 03 20
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  • Avenue de Cortenbergh 71
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