On 31st of March 2020, EU Athletes Executive Board held an online emergency meeting in order to discuss latest developments related to the Coronavirus pandemic and its impact on sport and the athletes. In the time of a global public health crisis, many of player associations and players themselves have demonstrated an exemplary leadership, dedication and solidarity related to this unprecedented situation.
EU Athletes and its members are committed to making sure that professional and elite level sport in Europe remains a viable and sustainable business in the long-term. During the discussion, Board members exchanged about the way that clubs, leagues and federations in different sports and countries are dealing with the current situation. It was agreed that in order to find adequate short and long-term solutions to various challenges facing sport sector, there is a need to prioritize dialogue and stakeholder engagement.
‘Today more than ever, athletes need to be a part of the solution. That is why we call for sport organizations to commit to the active engagement with the athlete and player associations about sport’s response to the current crisis.’ said Paulina Tomczyk, the General Secretary of EU Athletes. ‘This way it can be assured that the fundamental athletes’ rights are respected through a proper decision making process.’
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On the 29th of January EU Athletes Board members gathered at the FIFPro offices in Amsterdam for the first Board meeting of 2020. The topics tackled included the priorities and future actions of EU Athletes, the results of the PROtect Integrity Erasmus+ project and an update on the current and upcoming projects. Moreover, the future development of European sport policies has been discussed.
We are also glad to welcome two new members from 2020, the Polish Basketball Players Labour Union and the Lithuanian National Elite Athletes Association.
EU Athletes Board met for the second time this year in Warsaw, on the 4th of June 2019. The topics tackled included latest developments and events in the international sport policy and EU Athletes’ participation in cooperation and meetings at the European level. The board also discussed different projects that EU Athletes coordinates and participate in, including successful PROtect Integrity campaign. Next meeting will take place in October in Athens, following 2019 General Assembly.
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EU Athletes Board met for the first time this year on the 23rd of January in Copenhagen. Discussions included exchanges about activities related to the European institutions and policy developments in areas such as player rights, anti-doping, match-fixing and others. New possibilities for organizing and cooperation were noted in basketball and volleyball, as well as strong involvement of EU Athletes in the Erasmus+ programme, as the organization is coordinating its PROtect Integrity Plus project while being a partner in four different projects.
Next meeting of the Board will take place in June 2019.
Final Executive Board’s meeting of 2018 has taken place on the 2nd of October, at GIBA’s office in Bologna, Italy.
The Board members have discussed several important topics, including new Common Position Paper which will be published soon, potential cooperation with Volleyball Leagues Association, basketball organizing project with UNI Europa, ongoing and future Erasmus+ projects, relations with European institutions and cooperation with World Players Association.
First meeting of 2019 will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Following the EU Athletes Board meeting on the 23rd of January in Amsterdam, Paulina Tomczyk has been appointed as the General Secretary. After a recruitment process that started in October 2017, the Board concluded that Paulina’s qualifications, experience within the organization and vision for the future of EU Athletes made her an ideal candidate for the role.
Announcing the decision Brandon Batson, the President of EU Athletes: said: “Through her extensive work within EU Athletes over past years, she has shown commitment and dedication for the cause we fight for. I am happy that Paulina will ensure the continuation of EU Athletes’ development while working for the benefit of athletes around the continent’.
Commenting on her new role as the General Secretary Paulina Tomczyk said: “I am honored to take on this position and I would like to thank the Board for their trust. I’m excited to work with our members and partners to further advance the player associations’ movement in Europe and making sure that the voice of athletes is being heard’.
Paulina Tomczyk is replacing Jean-François Reymond, General Secretary since 2013, who said: ‘I’m really pleased by the Board decision to advance Paulina in her new role. Over the last two years she helped us to gain momentum in Brussels advocating for the cause of working athletes. She was also a key element in the success of our recent Erasmus+ projects, PROtect Integrity and SWAFE. The future of the organisation is in good hands’.