General Assembly of European Olympic Committees, 38th in a row, was held on 27th and 28th November in Lisbon, organised by EOC and National Olympic Committe of Portugal. Chairman of the Assembly was Mr. Patric Hickey, President of EOC, and present were presidents of 49 National Olympic Committees of European countries, as well as representatives of IOC and Organisational Committees of the Olypic Games and Youth Olympic Games. At the opening ceremony, the present addressed President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Jacques Rogge.
At 38th General Assembly of EOC in Lisbon, Montenegrin Olympic Committee was represented by its President, Mr. Dušan Simonović.
At the first day session of the General Assembly, reports were submitted by the president of EOC, Patric Hickey, Secretary General, Raffaele Pagnozzi and Treasurer, Kikis Lazarides. The Assembly was introduced to work of EOC Commissions, EOC’s EU Office in Brussels, as well as to activities of ANOC and IOC Olympic Solidarity.
In their presentations, Organisational Committees of the Olympic Games in Vancouver 2010, London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 informed the Assembly about the preparations for the forthcomming Games.
Representatives of 49 National Olympic Committees of European Countries have chosen new Executive Committee of EOC for next for years, from 2009 to 2013. In new mandate at the same positions will remain:
Patrick Hickey, President
Alexander Kozlovsky, Vice President
Raffaele Pagnozzi, Secretary General and
Kikis Lazarides, Treasurer.
For the new Executive Board members were elected: Togay Bayatli (Turkey), Alejandro Blanco (Spain), Spyros Capralos (Greece), Guido De Bondt (Belgium), Janez Kocijančič (Slovenia), Zlatko Mateša (Croatia), Ocatavian Morariu (Romania), Colin Moynihan (Great Britain), Piotr Nurowski (Poland), Klaus Steinbach (Germany), Marc Theisen (Luxembourg) and Efraim Zinger (Israel). Two ex-oficio members of the Executive Committee are Secretary General of ANOC, Gunilla Lindber and President of EOC Sport Commission, Antonio Rossi.
Belgrade was elected host of 39th EOC General Assemby in 2010.
At the second day, on the Agenda were reports and presentations of Organisational Committees of Youth Olympic Games in Singapore 2010 and Innsbruck 2012, as well as forthcoming European Youth Olympic Festivals 2011. (Liberez and Trabzon) and 2013. (Brasov and Utrecht). Candidate cities for EYOF 2015. are: for the summer festival Brno (Czech Republic) and Tbilisi (Georgia), and for the winter festival Sarajevo (Bosina and Herzegovina) and Lichtenstein and Austria together.
Organisational Committee of XIII Games of Small States of Europesubmitted its final report on Games in Cyprus held in June 2009.
According to the decision of the Executive Committee of EOC, annual award for special contribution and development of Olympism in Europe was delivered to Gagik Tsarukyan from Armenia, Antun Vrdoljak from Croatia, Stefan Konradsson from Iceland and Arturas Poviliunas from Lithuania.
Amendments of EOC Statutes were proposed, related to number of vice presidents in the Executive Committee, which should be four in the future. This proposal will be voted upon at the next 39th session of the EOC General.
President of the Montenegrin Olympic Committee, Mr. Dušan Simonović, had several meetings in Lisbon with colleagues from other National Olympic Committees and representatives of IOC nad EOC. On that occasion was also arranged meeting between presidents of Olympic Committees from central and southeastern Europe, an organisation in whose work Montenegrin Olympic Committee actively participates.