Rome, 8 December 2012 - Europe has finally received its European Games, a big multi-sports continental event based on the model of other continental games, such as Pan American Games, Australia and Oceania Games, Asian and African Games.

Rome, 8 December 2012 - Europe has finally received its European Games, a big multi-sports continental event based on the model of other continental games, such as Pan American Games, Australia and Oceania Games, Asian and African Games. The European Games were founded by the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (www.eurolympic.org) under the chairmanship of the EOC President Patrick Hickey at the meeting in Rome, held on December 8th 2012, after a careful analysis of conditions and possible benefits that could achieve.

In the opinion of the highest EOC body, the Games will have a positive impact on the development of sports on the Old continent, contribute to the joint projects but also to the National Olympic Committees, 49 of them that belong to the EOC’s European Olympic family. European Games would be held every four years in pre- Olympic year and it is to believe that the Games would take part in the selection of candidates for the Olympic Games.

The first EG with about eight thousand athletes in fifteen Olympic (and maybe two non Olympic sports) will be held in 2015 in Baku (Azerbaijan).