Commissions

Oslo Council
Getty Images

The European Athletics Council, led by President Svein Arne Hansen, at its 144th meeting in Oslo.

President Svein Arne Hansen welcomed the European Athletics Council’s approval of his plan to restructure the organisation’s commissions to play stronger roles in the delivery of his agenda for change in the sport and his nominations of the chairpersons to lead each of the commissions.

Among the changes agreed are new names and terms of reference for two previously existing commissions, the creation of two completely new commissions, and the discontinuation of five commissions, whose functions will be absorbed by those remaining in the structure.

There will also be a greater percentage of women appointed to the commissions than in the past.

The new commission line-up agreed is as follows:

  • Member Federation Development Commission (Chair: Vice President Jean Gracia/FRA)
  • Event & Competition Commission (Chair: Council member Toralf Nilsson/SWE)
  • Business & Marketing Commission (Chair: Vice President Frank Hensel/GER)
  • Strategic Communications Commission (Chair: Vice President Dobromir Karamarinov/BUL)
  • Medical & Anti-doping Commission (Chair: Pedro Branco/POR)
  • Athletes Commission (Chair: Periklis  Iakovakis/GRE)

The discontinued commissions whose topics will be covered elsewhere are: Clubs, Cross Country, Education, Mountain Running, Race Walking and Reflection.

The total number of commission members has been reduced from 93 to 62. There is also an Evaluation Commission separate to these commissions that works on matters related to Event Bidding.

Member Federation Development Commission

Chair
GRACIA, Jean (Vice President)

Deputy Chair
VASIC, Marko (European Athletics Staff)

Members
BADZICH, Maryia (BLR)
BOS, Jon (NED)
DAVIS, Nick (IRL)
DLUGOSIELSKI, Piotr (POL)
FITTKO, Esther (GER)
GIOMI, Alfio (ITA)
HÖGBERG, Curt (SWE)
LARSEN, Jakob (DEN)
LUKOVIC, Ana (SRB)
SCHOEBEL, Jean-Pierre (MON)
TEIGAMÄGI, Erich (EST)
ZELICHENOK, Vadim (RUS)

Event & Competition Commission

Chair
NILSSON, Toralf (Executive Board Member)

Deputy Chair
BRUN, Bernadette (European Athletics Staff)

Members
ALEXANDER, Cherry (GBR)
DE CARLOS, José Luis (ESP)
DIMAKOS, Panagiotis (GRE)
HAMM, Frank (GER)
O’CALLAGHAN, Pierce (IRL)
PUHALEVA, Galia (BUL)
RICCARDI, Anna (ITA)
SALCEDO, Jorge (POR)
SEILER, Christoph (SUI)
IAKOVAKIS, Periklis (GRE) – Athletes Commission Representative

Strategic Communications Commission

Chair
KARAMARINOV, Dobromir (Vice President)

Deputy Chair
MULLIGAN, James (European Athletics Staff)

Members
AKSYONOVA, Olga (UKR)
BLUSINA, Ieva (LAT)
BUTOV, Mikhail (RUS)
DIONISI, Nikolin (ALB)
EMMIYAN, Robert (ARM)
GYULAI, Marton (HUN)
INGBERG, Mikaela (FIN)
LIPPE, Sirje (EST)
MAURIAT, Julien (FRA)
STAPONKUTE, Ieva (LTU)
YARAS, Salih Münir (TUR)

Medical & Anti-doping Commission

Chair
BRANCO, Pedro (POR)

Deputy Chair
KUMAR, Aditya (European Athletics Staff)

Members
DEPIESSE, Fédéric (FRA)
DRISCOLL, Richard (GBR)
ENGSTROM, Jan (SWE)
HEMMERSBACK, Peter (NOR)
KUURANNE, Tiia (FIN)
TEITLER, Steve (NED)

Athletes Commission

Chair
IAKOVAKIS, Periklis (GRE)

Deputy Chair
GLACIER, Sandrine (European Athletics Staff)

Members
LALOVA, Ivet (BUL)
LATVALA, Hanna-Maari (FIN)
OLSSON, Christian (SWE)
PEDERSEN, Isabelle (NOR)
VIZZONI, Nicola (ITA)
VELDAKOVA, Dana (SVK)
WEIDLINGER, Günther (AUT)

Evaluation Panel

Deputy Chair
MENDES, Célia (European Athletics Staff)

BARRA, Luciano (ITA)
LISTER, John (GBR)
PILNY, Karel (CZE)
WEISS, Pierre (FRA)

European Athletics Court

Chairman
Daniele Moro (SUI)

Vice-Chairman
Thore Brolin (SWE)

Zaur Naghiyev (AZE)
Trifon Rouenov Pantchev (BUL)
Georg Engelbrecht (GER)
Philip Stinson (GBR)
Victor Berezov (RUS)

For further information please contact: EAAcourt@european-athletics.org