Home 9 Our History

13 may 2000

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The first meeting

In the context of a meeting of athlete representatives from different European countires organized at the Dutch NOC, Yves Kummer and Walter Palmer meet for the first time..

2005

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The idea

Theo Van Segelen, the General Secretary of FIFPro, reaches out to Yves Kummer to support the idea of setting up a European-wide organization that would represent athletes from different sports.

27 February 2008

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EU ATHLETES IS FOUNDED

Theo Van Segelen, the General Secretary of FIFPro, reaches out to Yves Kummer to support the idea of setting up a European-wide organization that would represent athletes from different sports.

28 February 2008

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EU Athletes leadership

Yves Kummer becomes the first EU Athletes President and Walter Palmer is appointed as the General Secretary. Frederieke Leeflang and Damian Hopley are first Board members.

9 March 2008

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First General Assembly

During the General Assembly, the first Executive Board was elected: – Yves Kummer (President) – Giuseppe Cassi – Yiannis Zapheiropoulos – Jaume Fort Mauri – Yann Barbitch – Ezio Longo – Dessie Farrell – Marjolein Oorsprong – Brendon Batson – Kristoffer Sparring.

2008

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UNI Global Union

EU Athletes becomes an affiliate of UNI Global Union and its regional branch, UNI Europa.

2008

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Social Dialogue

UNI Europa and EASE mutually recognize themselves as European Social Partners in the sport sector.

2009

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EU Athletes

Conclusion of the agreement with the private betting operator EGBA, leading to PROtect Integrity campaign and projects.

2010

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PROJECTS

First PROtect Integrity pilot project educating athletes about the sport betting integrity and the risks of match-fixing is launched.

15 November 2011

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World Athlete Summit

EU Athletes participates in the first World Athlete Summitt in Nyon, Switzerland, as a founding member of UNI World Athletes (today’s World Players Association). Nyon Declaration is adopted.

18 November 2011

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Council of Europe

EU Athletes becomes a member of Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport Consultative Committee.

2012

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Social Dialogue

The recognized Social Partners, UNI Europa, its affiliate EU Athletes and EASE (the association of European sport employers) officially launches the ESSDC (European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee) for Sport.

February 2012

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Sportspeople Forum

First Sportspeople Forum is organized in Brussels, Belgium, together with FIFPRO.

21 June 2012

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EU Athletes leadership

Jean-Francois Reymond is appointed as the General Secretary, replacing Walter Palmer.

15 November 2012

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World Athletes Summit

EU Athletes participates in the second World Athletes Summit in Nyon, Switzerland.

July 2013

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EU-funded projects

Under the Preparatory Action in the field of sport, EU Athletes, in partnership with EGBA, ESSA (now IBIA) and RGA implements PROtect Integrity project, to educate athletes about sport betting integrity and the risks of match-fixing.

01 August 2013

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EU-funded projects

UNI Europa Sport Pro and EU Athletes in the framework of their project “Focus on athletes” undertake a survey into the working conditions of professional athletes in European basketball, rugby, ice hockey and handball.

30 October 2013

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General Assembly

During the General Assembly in Athens, Greece, Sakis Psarras and Simon Friis are elected as new members of the Board.

01 January 2014

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EU-funded projects

EU Athletes implements a second project under the Preparatory Action in the field of sport. PDM (Player Development Manager) aims to improve the way player associations offers support and advice on dual careers to elite and professional athletes.

15 April 2014

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Campaigns

First edition of #EUSportIntegrityDay, a social media campaign aimed to raise awareness and show commitment to fighting against match-fixing.

31 October 2014

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General Assembly

During the General Assembly in Helsinki, Finland, Yves Kummer’s mandate as President is renewed. Omar Hussanein and Simon Taylor are elected to the EU Athletes Board members.

5 December 2014

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UNI Global Union

UNI World Athletes is established as an autonomus sector of UNI Global Union, with EU Athletes as one of the founding members.

23 June 2015

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General Assembly

Following the elections at the General Assembly in Bilbao, Spain, EU Athletes welcomes Alessandro Marzoli as a new Board Member

July 2015

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EU Athletes

1st Common Position Paper of the members of European Elite Athletes Association is published

01 January 2016

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EU-funded projects

2016 PROtect Integrity Erasmus+ project is implemented by EU Athletes in partnership with private betting operators ESSA (now IBIA), EGBA and RGA. It provides provides face-to-face integrity education to 15,000 European professional and academy athletes in 11 countries and more than 10 different sports.

15 April 2016

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General Assembly

During the General Assembly in Lyon, France, Natalia Orive and Vasilis Minoudis are elected as new Board Members.

1 January 2017

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EU-funded projects

SWAFE (Supporting Women Athletes Form Europe) Erasmus+ project was awarded to EU Athletes for a duration of 1 year. The aim was to improve the support for women athletes that the professional player associations in Europe provide.

27 September 2017

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General Assembly

At the General Assembly in Barcelona, Spain, Yves Kummer announces he is stepping down as EU Athletes President. Carmen Ayel Samper joins the Board.

October 2017

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EU Athletes Leadership

Brendon Batson OBE is elected the new EU Athletes President. Natalia Orive is elected Vice President.

08 December 2017

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Chance to compete

European Commission decides that the International Skating Union’s eligibility rules are in breach of EU law. EU Athletes supported the complaint by Mark Tuitert and Niels Kerstholt as third interested party in the case and through #ChanceToCompete social media campaign.

01 January 2018

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EU-funded projects

EU Atheltes implements PROtectIntegrity+ Erasmus+ project co-financed by the private betting operators. The project educates athletes on the risks of match-fixing and delivers the secure reporting app Red Button, initially developed by JPY and FIFPro, to 3000 players in 7 countries and 5 different sports.

25 January 2018

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EU Athletes Leadership

Paulina Tomczyk is appointed General Secretary of EU Athletes in replacement of Jean-François Reymond.

6 June 2018

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General Assembly

As a result of the elections during the General Assembly in Lisbon, Portugal, Jean-François Reymond and Sander van der Holst are welcomed to the Board.

15 December 2018

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EU Athletes

2nd Common Position Paper of the members of European Elite Athletes Association is published

09 October 2019

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General Assembly

During the meeting in Athens, Greece, Brendon Batson OBE and Natalia Orive are reelected as President and Vice President

1 January 2020

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EU-funded projects

EU Athletes implements Erasmus+ PROLead project, aiming to develop and deliver leadership courses for player associations’ members, staff and volunteers.

20 January 2020

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UNI Global Union

EU Athletes participate as workers representative in the 1st ILO Global Dialogue Forum on Decent Work in the World of Sport

18 June 2020

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General Assembly

During the General Assembly Simon Keogh and Paul Flynn are elected to the Board.