To celebrate its 35 years fittingly, our Union inaugurated its new headquarters in the Olympic capital Lausanne, in the presence of the Executive Committee members and an audience of guests ranging from the sports world to representatives of Lausanne Tourism and the Vaud region. This event gave me the chance to revisit and remember the path, the approach taken by those whom, in 1982, placed the first stones of our structure.
Fifteen federations form the founding core. Today, in Europe we have approximately 10 million gymnasts, active in more than 30.000 clubs, representing 50 countries. The UEG is a major European sports actor and, because of this, needs to lead by example, both on the floor and in the management of its specific dossiers.
In this concern for exemplarity, we continue today the work of our founders and we prove this with the work of our Work Group Strategy, which met recently in Lausanne. Initiated in 2014, the work reaches its end. We now enter the stage of concretisation. Soon, we will deliver you the conclusions and proposals the Group will draft and will be put to vote at our General Assembly in December. It will then be my time to hand over to my successor the keys to a strong, modern UEG whose structures respond in every way to your wishes and those expressed and contained in the Agenda 2020 of the International Olympic Committee.
Our Executive has spoken at length about the UEG strategy for gymnastics of tomorrow and the day after tomorrow and has already taken spectacular measures. Evidence is the recent creation of a pool of human resources, a bundle of competences, which the UEG now provides free of charge to the federations that wish assistance in organising a European Championships. Our aim is simple: to develop and to increase the quality of our events across the continent, by using the specific knowledge of professionals. It is a targeted, personalised service, which now allows the most modest federations to benefit from this expertise, to welcome on their territory and perhaps for the first time, a competition at European level. This pleases me.
Before concluding, I thank the FIG for opening the doors to their former headquarters so our staff could move to the second floor of a building with a modern work space, which we are pleased to soon share with AIPS (International Sports Press Association), the International World Games Association (IWGA) and our TV coordinator, Jean-François Rossé.
With my compliments