European University Sports Association (EUSA) held its second Executive Committee meeting of the year in the Serbian capital on November 11 and 12, 2016. Hosted by the University Sport Federation of Serbia (USSS), the meeting was held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belgrade.
As reported, prior to the meeting, EUSA representatives were met by the Rector of the
University of Belgrade, and at the start of the meeting, a special press conference was
organised, with attendance of the Serbian Minister of Youth and Sport, City and Sport
At the meeting, the participants were welcomed by Mr Adam Roczek, EUSA President,
who thanked Mr Sinisa Jasnic, USSS President for the invitation and the hospitality.
Executive Committee members first received a general overview and office report by
EUSA Secretary General Mr Matjaz Pecovnik, followed by financial report and budget
realisation for the first 9 months of the year by EUSA Treasurer Mr Lorenz Ursprung.
The focus then shifted specifically on sports events, first reflecting back on the very
successful edition of the European Universities Games, which were held in Zagreb and
Rijeka in July 2016. Upcoming European Universities Championships in 2017 were
presented afterwards, together with novelties and services implemented by EUSA,
including new website and result management system, to be used by all sports events
On Friday special opportunity was given to the hosts to present progress report on the
European Universities Games 2020, which were attributed to Belgrade in April this year.
On behalf of the Organising Committee, the presentation was done by Mr Sinisa Jasnic
and Mrs Ivanka Popovic. After their presentation of the planned activities, also organisers
of other EUSA sports events to take place in the next years in Serbia took place.
EUSA Secretary general shared the information about the projects and activities supported
by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and Mr Andrej Pisl, EUSA
Communications and Projects manager, gave a report on the projects funded by the
European Commission and other European institutions. EUSA is currently a partner in
projects SCORE - Promotion of Gender Equality in Coaching, VOICE - Combatting sexual
violence, European Week of Sport (EWOS), and will start new projects in 2017.
Ms Sara Rozman, EUSA Office Manager, presented other projects, including the EUSA
Exhibition, and the report on the 2017 EUSA Conference and Gala, which will take place
April 6-9 in Coimbra, Portugal. As in the beginning of December, Coimbra will also host the
EUG Convention of the European Universities Games 2018 and inspection visit for martial
arts/combat sport events in 2017 (judo, karate, taekwondo), special focus was given on the
preparations for this event as well.
The meeting continued on Saturday with the presentation of the report by representatives
from Portugal - Mr Daniel Monteriro, FADU President and Mr Mario Santos, Secretary
General of the Organising Committee European Universities Games 2018.
Topic of international cooperation, focusing on FISU, partner organisations and other
organisations and initiatives was given a special highlight, as this Executive Committee
meeting was also an opportunity to sign a memorandum of understanding between
European University Sports Association (EUSA) and the European Students' Union (ESU).
Special interest was also the attribution of the European Universities Championships 2019.
Among 32 bids received, EUSA Executive Committee attributed 19 Championships for
2019 - in Badminton, Basketball, Basketball 3x3, Beach Volleyball, Bridge, Chess,
Football, Futsal, Handball, Judo, Karate, Rowing, Rugby 7's, Sport Climbing, Table Tennis,
Taekwondo, Tennis and Volleyball. Please see here for the complete list of the attributed
EUSA Executive Committee also nominated Commissions members for the mandate
2016-2020. Apart from the Technical Commission, which was already nominated, other
commissions were appointed among the proposed candidates by the National university
sports associations: Student Commission, Media and Communications Commission, Equal
Opportunities Commission, Educational Commission, Medical Commission, Control
Commission. EUSA also has Marketing Commission and EUG Supervision Commission,
where members were appointed within the Executive Committee and invited experts.
Before the formal part of the meeting concluded, the establishment of EUSA Institute was
presented, followed by the activity plan for the upcoming year.
EUSA Executive Committee meeting in Belgrade which was hosted by the University Sport
Federation of Serbia (USSS) and organised also with the support of the International
University Sports Federation (FISU), was concluded with a sightseeing tour of the city and
a dinner in a traditional restaurant, where the participants were able to enjoy the Serbian
cuisine and culture.