Key Dates of the UEG History

1955

First European Championships in men’s artistic gymnastics organised by the FIG in Frankfurt/GER.
 
   

1957

First European Championships in women’s artistic gymnastics organised by the FIG in Bucharest/ROM.
 
   

1977

During the FIG Congress in Rome, some European delegates meet in order to discuss whether and how they could actively cooperate.
 
  Decision to set up a „Community of interests of the Western European Federations of Gymnastics“.
 
   

1978

First European Championships in RG, organised by the FIG in Madrid/ESP
 
  First European Championships in artistic gymnastics for juniors organised by the FIG in Milan/ITA.
 
   

1979

At the FIG Congress in Fort Worth the „Community“ President obtains the authorisation to set up a technical commission for general gymnastics.
 
   

1982

Decision to set up a European continental union. Invitations were sent to all the European member federations of FIG.
 
  27th and 28th March: constituent meeting in Luxembourg with 15 countries: Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Great-Britain, the Netherlands, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Federal Republic of Germany, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey.
 
  6th and 7th July in Zurich: election of the first UEG Authorities.
 
  The FIG Executive Committee met with UEG representatives in Zagreb in order to proceed to an official acknowledgement.
 
   

1983

UEG Congress in Varna/BUL. Admission of Liechtenstein and Czechoslovakia.
 
   

1984

UEG Congress in Rimini/ITA. Admission of Austria, Finland and Hungary.
 
  The European Championships for juniors in men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics are still organised by the FIG, but in co-operation with the UEG, in Rimini.
 
  July 21st: in Los Angeles, official acknowledgement of the UEG by the FIG.
 
   

1985

UEG Congress in Budapest. Admission of the Democratic Republic of Germany and of Bulgaria. Poland and Romania are present as observers.
 
  First UEG training camp for juniors in Tirrenia/ITA (artistic gymnastics).
 
  For the first time the FIG authorised the UEG to organise the 1986 European Championships (Germany) under its own responsibility.
 
   

1986

UEG Congress in Karlsruhe. Admission of Poland, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Iceland and the USSR.
 
  Organisation of the first training camp for juniors
 
  First European Championships for juniors in men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics organised by the UEG in Karlsruhe.
 
  First European Championships in RG organised by the UEG in Florence/ITA.
 
  First contract between the UEG and the European Broadcasting Union „Eurovision“ (EBU) in Geneva.
 
  First contract between the UEG and the OIRT („Organisation Internationale de radio et télévision“) in Prague.
  The UEG President is invited to take part in EC/FIG-meetings in an advisory capacity.
 
   

1987

UEG Congress in Madrid. Admission of Romania and Yugoslavia. The UEG counts 30 member federations.
 
  First European RG Championships for juniors in Athens/GRE.
 
  European Championships in men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics organised at the same venue and the same dates (21st - 24th July in Moscow).
 
   

1988

The UEG establishes its General Secretariat in Lausanne/SUI.
 
  First European Cup in men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics (Finals in Florence).
 
   

1989

UEG Congress in Vienna. Admission of Andorra and Monaco. After modification of the FIG Statutes Israel is admitted to the UEG.
 
  Creation of three different Technical Commissions (men’s artistic gymnastics, women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics).
 
  First European Team Championships for juniors (Finals in Nantes).
 
  First European Cup in RG (Finals in Hanover).
 
   

1990

Reunification of the two Germany. The national member federation of the UEG is the Deutscher Turnerbund (DTB). The UEG counts 32 member federations.
 
   

1992

Congress in Venice/ITA. Admission of the ex-USSR federations: Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine as well as Slovenia and Croatia. First RG training camp for juniors (Stuttgart).
 
   

1993

Congress in Lausanne. Pierre Chabloz retires from the presidency he had occupied since the foundation of the UEG. He is nominated Honorary President. Klaus Lotz, Germany, is the new President.
 
  Admission of Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Slovakia, Czech Republic. The UEG now has 43 member federations.
 
  First EUROGYM youth festival in Portugal.
 
1994 Congress in Reykjavik. Admission of Moldavia.
 
  First joint European Championships for juniors and seniors in women’s (Stockholm) and in men’s artistic gymnastics (Prague).
 
   

1995

Congress in Brasov/ROM. Admission of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
 
   

1996

Congress in Tel-Aviv/ISR. Admission of Azerbaijan.
 
  Admission of sports aerobics as new competitive sport.
 
  First EUROTEAM, a European Club Team event in general gymnastics, in Jyväskylä/FIN.
 
   

1997

UEG Congress in Antalya/TUR. General elections. Klaus Lotz is re-elected as the President of the UEG. The UEG now counts 46 member federations.
 
  First UEG European Gymnastics Masters (men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics in Paris).
 
  15th anniversary of the UEG. First intercontinental competition Europe-Asia in artistic gymnastics men/women in Lyon/FRA.
 
   

1998

European Championships in men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics organised at the same venue, St. Petersburg/RUS with only one week interval.
 
  Congress in Bratislava/SVK.
 
   

1999

Congress in Luxembourg
 
  Admission of trampoline and sports acrobatics with 2 working groups
(4 members each). Election of the Technical Commission for sports aerobics (7 members)
 
  First European Sports Aerobics Championships in Birmingham
 
   

2000

Organisation of the 1st European Championships in sports acrobatics (juniors) under the responsibility of the UEG in Winterthur/SUI
 
  Organisation of the 1st European Championships in trampoline, tumbling and double mini-trampoline (seniors and juniors) under the responsibility of the UEG in Eindhoven/NED
 
   

2001

Electoral Congress in Kassandra/GRE
 
  The President Klaus Lotz is re-elected.
 
  Creation of two Technical Committees for sports acrobatics and trampoline
 
  Creation of a Working Group for Euroteam
 
  The Technical Commissions become Technical Committees.
 
  Organisation of the 1st European Team Championships (ex Masters) in Riesa/GER
 
  Organisation of the 1st European Championships in sports acrobatics (seniors) under the responsibility of the UEG in Faro/POR
 
  Organisation of the 1st European Cup for Clubs in Nantes/FRA
 
   

2002

Congress in Funchal/POR. Admission of the Gymnastics and Sports Union of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
 
  Revision of the UEG Statutes
 
  Decision to organise the European Youth Festival EUROGYM every two years
 
  UEG opens a new Website
 
   

2003

Congress in Vienna . Election of a new President following the announced departure of Klaus Lotz, who becomes the second UEG Honorary President.
 
  Dimitrios Dimitropoulos , Greece , becomes the new President.
 
  Decision to organise European Aerobic Championships for juniors, an Aerobic Fitness Convention, a European Cup for Clubs in Trampoline and a Gymnastics Festival for Seniors, the « Golden Age Gym Festival » (all test events)
 
  First joint European Championships in acrobatic gymnastics for juniors and seniors (Zielona Gora)
 
   

2005

First European Individual Championships in artistic gymnastics in Debrecen (HUN)
  21st Electoral Congress in Birmingham (GBR).
 
 
  • Dimitrios Dimitropoulos brilliantly re-elected as President of the UEG.
  • Approval of the new competition format in artistic gymnastics (even years: European Artistic Gymnastics Individual Championships for seniors; uneven year: European Artistic Gymnastics Team Championships for seniors and juniors)
  • Creation of a Technical Committee TeamGym.
  • All Technical Committees count 7 members (except TeamGym)
  First Age Group Games in Acrobatic gymnastics in Zielona Gora / POL
 
  First European Championship for juniors and first Age Group Competition in Aerobic gymnastics in Coimbra / POR
 
  First Golden Age Gym Festival for gymnasts 50+ in Maspalomas (ESP) (test event)
 
   

2006

First European Team Championships in Acrobatic Gymnastics in Zielona Gora / POL (test Event)
 
  90th birthday of Pierre Chabloz, founder and honorary president
 
   

2007

22nd Congress in Prague (CZE)
 
  Celebration of the 25 years jubilee of UEG
 
  Election of Yvette Brasier (FRA) as president of WTC
 
  Nomination of Marie-Paule Hoffmann (LUX) as Honoray member
 
  Partial revision ot the statutes
 
  Complementary elections in the WTC, TC TRA and TC AER
 
   

2008

1st official Golden Age Gym Festival in Maspalomas/Canarias/ESP
 
  Olympic Games in Beijing /CHN
 
  FIG Office move to Lausanne/SUI
 
  FIG Congress in Helsinki with general elections
 
   

2009

23rd UEG Congress in Tel Aviv (ISR) - Electoral Congress
Georges Guelzec (FRA), vice-president, is elected as the president for the period 2010-2013 with 24 votes against the leaving president, Dimitrios Dimitropoulos (22 votes).
Elected as honorary members: Mrs Maria Teresa Nadal ESP (GR 1997-2009), Daniela Delle Chiaie ITA (GR 1993-2008), Natalia Kouzmina RUS (GR 1993-2008), Danielle Duchoud SUI (head of press 1994-2010), Mr. Stefan Bengtsson SWE (TeamGym 1996-2008)
 
  The general assembly also decided to posthumously nominate Claus Haller SUI, (MTC, passed away May 2009) as Honorary member
The TeamGym Championships are from 2010 on « European Championships in TeamGym” and will also include a Championships for Juniors.
 
   

2010

1st TeamGym European Championships for seniors and juniors in Malmö SWE.
  Constitution of a Company Pool with the “official partners” Swiss Timing, Cirque du Soleil and Gymnova
 
   

2011

24th UEG Congress in Malmö (SWE) Admission of the Montenegro
   

2012

Launching of the new UEG Web, Facebook and Twitter pages

   
2013

The UEG decides to take part of the first European Games withe the disciplines ART - RG - TRA - ACRO - AER which will be held in Baku/AZE in 2015

25e UEG Congress in Portorose (SLO). Georges Guelzec (FRA) is re-elected as President of the UEG for the period 2014-2017 with 40 votes out of 41 valid ballots

 
2014     

The UEG organizes its 1st Communication seminar at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne/SUI the 28 of March, 2014 with the participation of 16 European National Federations and about 40 people.

 

Presidents of UEG

Pierre Chabloz
1982-1993
Klaus Lotz
1993-2004
Dimitrios Dimitropoulos
2004-2009
Georges Guelzec
2010 - ...