The European NOCs gathered in Rome, Italy on February 15 to learn about the new IOC Olympic Solidarity Programmes for the years 2001-2004.

The Continental Association – the European Olympic Committees – organised an informative meeting held to advise the European NOCs on the new Programmes of IOC Olympic Solidarity.

A good 42 NOCs out of the association’s total 48 were informed as to all the details from the Director of IOC Olympic Solidarity and the NOC Relations Department, Pere Miro and his team, about the new World Programme to be implemented by the IOC, and the increasing decentralization process that will be achieved by having the Continental Programmes entrusted to the responsibility of the official continental association.

Mario Pescante, IOC member and the EOC Secretary General based in Rome, welcomed the participants and introduced the basic theme of the meeting.

Pere Miro presented the IOC world program and outlined that the key concept of the system is that the global program and the continental program will allow for autonomy between entities yet they can function in total co-ordination.

The IOC Olympic Solidarity world budget has been increased thanks to more funding coming through TV rights.

The total budget will be divided as follows:

– World Program 47,7% which comprises assistance for athletes, coaches, NOCs management, special fields (in co-operation with IOC Commissions).
– Continental Programmes 33,4% which comprises assistance for the five continental associations.
– Olympic Games and Forums 14,9%.
– Administration and Communication 4%.

Gunilla Lindberg, IOC Executive Board Member and Member of the EOC Executive Committee in charge of the relations with IOC Olympic Solidarity outlined the main points of the European Continental Program 2001-2004 focused on NOC activities and the Continental Games which belong to the EOC (European Youth Olympic Festival, Games of the Small States of Europe).

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