The European Olympic Committees announced today that the co-ordination commission for the inaugural European Games in Baku in 2015 will make its first inspection of the Azerbaijan capital next week.
The 16-member commission, chaired by Spyros Capralos, president of Greece's Hellenic Olympic Committee, will attend a range of planning and technical meetings with the local organising committee on April 29 and 30.
Patrick Hickey, president of the EOC, said next week's trip was "an historic moment" for the EOC.
He said: "This is the first ever visit by a co-ordination commission for the first-ever European Games. There is a packed agenda of meetings with the very ambitious and capable local organising committee.
"The visit is tangible evidence that this innovative development in European sport is gathering momentum. We are determined that the inaugural European Games will deliver world-class venues and infrastructure to enable Europe’s finest athletes to perform at their very best."
Azad Rahimov, chief executive of Baku 2015, and Azerbaijan's minister of youth and sport, added: "We look forward to sharing our plans with the Commission and to establishing the milestones that will be used to measure our progress in delivering the European Games.
"The EOC co-ordination commission brings together individuals with a wide range of experience in international sport, and the knowledge and insights of each commission member will be invaluable as we finalise our games concept."
Aside from Capralos, the co-ordination commission features a further seven national Olympic committee presidents: Zlatko Mateša, Croatia; Alejandro Blanco, Spain; André Bolhuis, the Netherlands; Sergei Bubka, Ukraine; Denis Masseglia, France; Niels Nygaard, Denmark; and Janez Kocijančič, Slovenia.
Former Finland NOC president Roger Talermo and Artūrus Poviliūnas, honorary president of the Lithuanian Olympic Committee, are also on the panel.
Bubka, vice-president of the IAAF, athletics' governing body, and Kocijančič, vice-president of FIS, skiing's governing body, will additionally provide insight from a federations point of view, as will commission member Albert Woods, president of the European Canoe Federation, and vice-president of the British Olympic Association.
The other Baku 2015 co-ordination commission members are: Guido de Bondt, secretary general of the Belgium Olympic Committee; Nese Gündogan, secretary general of the Turkish Olympic Committee; Bernhard Schwank, sports performance director of the DOSB, the German Olympic sports confederation, and former chief executive of Munich's failed bid to host the 2018 winter Olympics; and special advisers Andrew Craig and Pierce O’Callaghan.
The Baku European Games are due to take place over 14 days in June 2015.
The sports programme is expected to be announced within the next few weeks, with a range of European federations having signalled their intention to take part.