Bled prepares for European Athletics Congress

Meet Your Future President
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European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz (SUI) stands alongside Antti Pihlakoski (FIN), Jean Gracia (FRA) and Svein Arne Hansen (NOR), who presented their strategies for the future of European Athletics to Member Federations, Council members, Honorary Council members, Commission members and IAAF Council members at a "Meet Your Future President" session in March.

The 2015 European Athletics Congress takes place on Saturday 11 April in Bled, Slovenia, with elections to determine the new President, Vice Presidents and Council.

The 24th European Athletics Congress is the general assembly of the Member Federations and the supreme authority of the European Athletic Association.

The Congress consists of the Council and delegates of the 50 Members Federations. Each Member Federation has one vote.

In addition to the usual formalities of the Congress, voting will take place to elect the 17 Council Members as follows: 1 President, 3 Vice Presidents, 13 Council Members.

Under the newly elected President’s leadership, these 17 people will be the driving force of European Athletics for 2015 up to 2019.

There are three official candidates for the Presidency of European Athletics: Jean Gracia (FRA), Svein Arne Hansen (NOR) and Antti Pihlakoski (FIN).

Incumbent President Hansjörg Wirz will hand over to the new President at the end of the Congress after 16 years of leading the organisation. 

The manifestos of the Presidential candidates are here:
Jean Gracia
Svein Arne Hansen
Antti Pihlakoski

European Athletics has produced a booklet with the candidates’ CVs for the positions of President, Vice President and Council member.

The Congress opens at 09:00 on Saturday. The elections for the new European Athletics Council (Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Council members) will follow the roll call and announcement of voters present, approval of the Congress agenda, appointment of scrutineeers, approval of the Skopje 2013 Congress minutes and outgoing President's address.

For more information on the Bled Congress click here.

The current European Athletics Constitution can be viewed here.