Elections the focal point of the 2019 European Athletics Congress

European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen at the 2017 European Athletics Congress
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European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen addresses the audience at the European Athletics Congress in Vilnius, Lithuania

The 2019 European Athletics Congress will take place in Prague, Czech Republic from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 April.

It will be the 26th Congress – excluding extraordinary congresses – to be held since the formation of European Athletics in 1970 and is an ‘Election Congress’ which will see the election of the European Athletics President, Vice Presidents and Council Members. The new Council will appoint the members of the European Athletics Commissions and a select number of Working Groups.

A list of candidates for the positions of President, Vice President and Council Member as well as their CVs can be found here.

“Elections are often referred to as historic, but I believe that this description is genuinely appropriate on this occasion because we will take important steps towards improving the gender balance of our senior positions,” said European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen, who will be standing unopposed for a second four-year term as head of athletics’ continental governing body after first being elected to his position in 2015.

“Constitutional changes over the last four years mean that these elections will see at least three female Council members and at least one female Vice President elected,” added Hansen.

The venue for the Congress is the Hilton Prague in the centre of the Czech capital.

Candidates will make their presentations on Friday 12 April, the elections will take place during the main part of the Congress on Saturday 13 April and the first meeting of the newly-elected Council will be on Sunday 14 April.

In additional to the elections, the Congress will also hear the financial reports for 2017 and 2018 and approve the financial plan for 2020-23 as well as consider amendments to the constitution and proposals from both the Council and European Athletics Member Federations.

Full details of the Congress timetable as well as proposed amendments to the constitution and proposals from the Council and European Athletics Member Federations can be found here.