In a move to strengthen its cooperation with EU institutions, protect the important role of International Federations (IFs) and tap the full potential of sport, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) has become a partner of the EOC EU Office.
The EOC EU Office is the representative of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in Brussels, Belgium and represents the interests of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other major sport organisations at national, European and international level.
The partnership agreement was signed yesterday in Lausanne, Switzerland by ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and EOC President Janez Kocijančič.
“International Federations play a unique role in the development and organisation of sport not only at global, but also at European level. At the same time, they are directly affected by a wide range of EU legislation, for instance the competition and internal market policies,” said Francesco Ricci Bitti during the meeting. He added: “With a newly composed European Parliament and European Commission in place, this is an opportune moment for us to further strengthen our dialogue with EU decision-makers and benefit from the unique expertise of the EOC’s team in Brussels.”
“We are very happy with this new partnership”, noted EOC President, Janez Kocijančič, on this occasion. “The Olympic Movement and organised sport must speak with one voice towards the European institutions. The future cooperation with ASOIF in Brussels should be regarded as an important step in this direction. I am sure all partners will benefit from this agreement!”
ASOIF is a familiar player to the EU institutions and already participated in a number of high-level EU meetings. For instance, at last year’s EU Sport Forum, the ASOIF President presented key findings from the Report on the Future of Global Sport. ASOIF’s comprehensive work to promote and ensure a culture of good governance among its member federations has also been widely recognised at European and international level.