New President of EU Athletes elected !

New President of EU Athletes elected !

During the last Board meeting of EU Athletes, which has taken place at the Gaelic Players Association’s office in Dublin, Brendon Batson has been elected the President of EU Athletes. Natalia Orive has been elected as Vice President. They both have received a strong support from the Board, as their candidatures have been approved unanimously for 2-years terms.

For Brendon Batson, who is also the Chairman of Professional Players Federation (PPF): “It is a great honor to have been elected as the President of EU Athletes and taking over this position from Yves Kummer, who has done an impressive job over the last 10 years. Working with PPF for several years, I have seen that player unions can really make a difference and improve the players’ situation. I believe that EU Athletes has a great potential to bring further positive changes for the professional athletes around Europe, which has already been proven by various successful projects and initiatives”.

Natalia Orive, from the Spanish Female Futsal Player Association (AJFSF), who was the first woman to join the EU Athletes Board when she was elected in 2016, said: “I’m looking forward to continuing the work for EU Athletes’ members and cooperating with Brendon, the Board and the staff. Our experience shows that being a part of the European organization has been beneficial for the national unions and I’m happy to be further involved within EU Athletes leadership”.

Next EU Athletes Board meeting will take place in November in Amsterdam and will focus on the appointment of the new General Secretary and other elements related to the transition period within the organization.

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EU Athletes Board Meeting

EU Athletes Board Meeting

First EUA Board Meeting of the year has taken place in Madrid on the 26th of January. The members discussed the latest developments in the EU Athletes policy and the work plan for the next few months. The ISU antitrust case was an important point on the agenda since the European Commission has recognized EU Athletes’ interest in the case by admitting us as the interested third party in the procedure. The final decision will have an implication on a situation of athletes in Europe that EUA represents. Other topics raised included Erasmus+ projects, upcoming UNI World Athletes PDM conference in Paris and anti-doping.

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EU Athletes Board meeting in Dublin

EU Athletes Board meeting in Dublin

EU Athletes’ final Board meeting of the year has taken place on the 15th of November in Dublin. The Board members have discussed the latest developments in work of the organization and future policy priorites, such as ISU anti-trust case, anti-doping crisis, involvement in EU sport policy and Erasmus+ projects. Next meeting will take place in January 2017 in Madrid.

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