Relations with the Sports and Political Organisations

The EOC has excellent relations with its Olympic Movement partners: the International Olympic Committee, the other Continental Associations of NOCs and the world association ANOC, as well as the International Sports Federations.

Steady relations were established during the years with the European political organisations, the European Union and the Council of Europe.

In 1993, the enforcement of the Single Act in the European Community deeply affected the running of the sports organisations in Europe. As a result, the European Olympic Committees set up a Liaison Office with the European Union in Brussels, in charge of monitoring the Union's activities and of lobbying for the Olympic Movement, when needed.

Further to a proposal put forward by the EOC and in agreement with the IOC and the European Federations, the Council of the European Union (Council of Ministers) adopted a resolution on sport during the review of the Amsterdam Treaty (1999). With the Nice Declaration, adopted in December 2000, the EU took a first step towards the recognition of the specific nature of sport. Thanks to the joint efforts of the EOC, IOC and Federations, and also thanks to the determined efforts of Ireland, which at the time held the rotating EU Presidency, in 2004 the Olympic Movement managed to get an article on the specificity of sport added to the new draft constitution, which then went on hold.

But then the article was reintroduced into the Lisbon Treaty, which became effective as of December 2009, thus giving sport a juridical framework within the European institutions.

EOC-EU Office

In 2009, the EU Office of German Sports was replaced by the EOC EU Office, set up by 5 founding core partners (the EOC, the IOC, and the NOCs of Germany and France and the Sport Confederation in Austria), then joined by a further 15 international, European and national sports organisations as associate members. Governed by a board chaired by the President of the EOC, the EOC EU Office represents the interests of the EOC and its partners with the European Institutions.

The EOC also works closely with the European Conference on Sport, the "Forum" of the European Union and the Council of Europe.

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