In 2012, at a conference of European National Olympic Academies, the idea of establishing an association of all European NOAs was presented for the first time. After several years of further conferences, the Association of European Olympic Academies (EOA) was finally founded in 2018 in Ljubljana. More information on the respective conferences before and since the foundation can be found in the following timeline:
First Conference of European NOAs in Eltville
The idea to found the Association of European Olympic Academies was first presented in 2012 during a conference of NOAs in Europe in Eltville (GER), initiated and organized by the German Olympic Academy.
Second Conference of European NOAs in Baku
Preparations were made and further coordination between NOAs in Europe was achieved during the 2nd Conference in Baku (AZE) in 2015.
Third Conference of NOAs in Albena
A declaration on the EOA was released during the 3rd conference in Albena (BUL) in 2017.
Foundation of the EOA and First EOA General Assembly in Ljubljana
In Ljubljana, delegates of 23 European NOAs approved the statutes of the EOA in the First General Assembly of the EOA. Prof Manfred Laemmer, Deputy Chairman of the German Olympic Academy, was elected first President of the Association.
Second EOA General Assembly in Nicosia
One of the main objectives of the General Assembly was to establish the Commissions: the Communication Commission, Development and Cooperation Commission, Olympic Education Commission and Olympic Heritage Commission.
Third EOA General Assembly – online
The General Assembly convened online in January 2021 to elect a Good Governance Officer, accept new members and report on projects and activities.
Fourth EOA General Assembly – online
The General Assembly approved the NOA of Kosovo as a new EOA member and elected new EOA auditors.