EHF Executive Committee met in Portugal at the invitation of the Portuguese Handball Federation on 28 September 2017.
Lisbon welcomes EHF leadership
The members of the EHF’s Executive Committee and federation staff were in Lisbon on Thursday, 28 September for the body’s first meeting of the new season.
Ahead of the meeting, the Executive Committee met with officials from the Portuguese government and city of Lisbon as well as representatives from the event’s hosts, the Portuguese Handball Federation.
Representatives included João Paulo Rebelo, Secretary of State of Sports and Youth; Jorge Máximo, Councillor of the Municipality of Lisbon; Miguel Laranjeiro, President, Portuguese Handball Federation and also the federation’s international relations director, Leonor Mallozzi.
Pictured with the EHF Presisdent, Michael Wiederer (l-r): Jorge Máxim, Councillor of the Municipality of Lisbon; João Paulo Rebelo, Secretary of State of Sports and Youth and Miguel Laranjeiro, President, Portuguese Handball Federation
MoU agreed with Forum Club Handball
The MoU is scheduled to be signed at FCH’s annual Board Meeting on the Spanish island of Mallorca on 16 October 2017 when a joint announcement will be made with further details.
Tender process 2020-2030
Following the release on 18 September 2017 of the tender documentation for the EHF’s audio-visual and marketing rights for the period 2020-2030, the topic has had a high profile in the international media.
The EHF President, Michael Wiederer, provided an update on progress with the process.
He confirmed strong market interest in the rights with a pre-tender briefing having been held in Vienna in early September by the EHF and the media consultancy appointed to manage the process, SN1 Consulting.
Deadline for submissions has been set for 15 November 2017.
Broadcast and sponsorship rights available include all of the federation’s club competitions (EHF Champions League, EHF Cup and Challenge Cup), national team competitions (EHF EURO and youth events) as well as beach handball EURO final tournaments.
The EHF has developed a number of different rights packages across its club and national team competitions, which are being offered on a modular basis.
Update to rules of procedure
An update to the federation’s rules of procedure was confirmed, dealing with the work of both the Executive Committee and the federation’s professional staff.
The changes reflect the federation’s professional structure following the election of a president in the new role of chief executive officer, appointment of a new secretary general as chief operating officer as well as the role of the chief financial officer.
At the same time, the tasks and responsibilities of the Finance Delegation as a preparatory body for the Executive Committee have been defined.
The composition of the body was also confirmed: EHF president, vice president, treasurer, secretary general and chief financial officer.
Changes to EHF structure
It was confirmed that a working group would be set-up to examine changes to the EHF structure for the next electoral period 2020-2024.
The working group will be chaired by the former EHF President, Jean Brihault, who played a pro-active role during his time in office in integrating various stakeholders into the EHF structure.
The working group will be made up of representatives of the nations, nominated from Nations Board and Women’s Handball Board, as well as from the Executive Committee and external experts. The first meeting of the working group will be held on 19 October 2017.
A presentation of initial proposals and exchange of information is foreseen at the Conference of Presidents, scheduled for the 27 January 2018 in Zagreb during the final weekend of the Men’s EHF EURO 2018.
The relevant motions will then be prepared for the EHF Congress taking place in Glasgow, Scotland on 18/19 June 2018.
Information was provided on the status of on-going legal cases involving three Russian youth players, who provided positive tests at the Women’s 19 EHF EURO played in Slovenia over the summer.
The work of the federation’s independent anti-doping body, the EHF Anti-Doping Unit, which operates a complete programme of testing across all levels within the European game, was highlighted.
Reports from technical commissions
A new initiative was approved to conduct an analysis of how best to deal with geo-political situations, where there is potential for issues to affect the playing of EHF competitions and international relations on a sporting level.
A status report on the 2017 budget was presented, as were the timelines for the 2018, 2019/20 budgets.
Additional financial support for the federation’s younger age category events was approved in order to motivate more nations to take part in the youngest age events.
EHF Marketing GmbH report
Information on the previous IHF Council meeting was exchanged, as were preparations for the IHF Congress, which will take place in Antalya, Turkey on 11-12 November 2017.
The EHF Executive Committee will next meet in December 2017 during the final weekend of the Women’s World Championship in Hamburg, Germany.
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