BAKU, October 30th 2013 - Patrick Hickey, President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) for two mandates already, will lead again (in the third mandate 2013-2017) the association of 49 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of the European area, including the COC - decided the EOC Electoral Assembly at its regular session that took place in Rome on November 22nd and 23rd, 2013 (www.

For Vice-President was elected Janez Kocijancic, president of the Slovenian Olympic Committee and for Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi from Italy. Zlatko Matesa, president of the COC and member of closer coordination of the inaugural European Games that will be held in 2015 in Baku, was reelected for member of the EOC Executive Committee. At this occasion the EOC Assembly awarded Matesa with special recognition for contribution to the founding of the Games.

Besides the numerous representatives of NOCs, heads of the International Olympic Committee - current president Thomas Bach, his predecessor Jacques Rogge and President of the World Association of NOCs (ANOC) Sheikh Ahmad -also attended the elections of this, the greatest continental Association of NOCs, facing the large and responsible historical task of the first games modeled after the other continental games. On November 23rd, 2013, along with their colleagues from the EOC, they were taken to the Vatican for a private audience with Pope Francis, who motivated the senior officials of the international Olympic movement, among other things, to – as he put it - “creation of athletes inspired by integrity, moral strength and a strong sense of responsibility”.

Under the leadership of new president Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Movement is intensely preparing the guidelines that could respond to the challenges of the new era: from an athlete as center of the Olympic Movement and its protection from all the forms of manipulation and irregularities, the uniqueness of Olympic Games and model of Game Management sustainability, the role of the IOC, its structure and organization up to the possibility of establishing an Olympic TV channel, all under a common denominator - Olympic plan 2020.

The first preparation for Olympic plan 2020 was discussed by the Executive Board of the IOC in Montreux (Switzerland) from December 11th to December 14th this year, and all the ideas and proposals will be a part of wider debate in February, at the IOC session in Sochi during the Winter Olympics. The final Olympic plan 2020 with specific recommendations should be adopted in December 2014.
The COC will also give its contribution to this task through its representatives in international associations of Olympic organizations, including the latest election of the COC President Zlatko Matesa as member of the Commission for International Relations of the World Association of National Olympic Committees (Association of NOCs - ANOC) in December 2013.