European Paralympic Committee
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (August 2012)|
|European Paralympic Committee|
|Formation||July 2, 1999|
|Membership||49 National Paralympic Committees|
The European Paralympic Committee is an international non for profit organisation which serves a membership of 48 National Paralympic Committees, 5 European branches of disability-specific International Organisations of Sport and 1 Independent Paralympic Sport Federation. Based in Vienna, Austria, the EPC was founded originally as the IPC European Committee, it was later registered as an independent entity in 1999.
The EPC is responsible for organising the European Paralympic Committee Youth Games. Furthermore, the EPC acts as an organisation which promotes and defends the collective interests of National Paralympic Committees, International Organisation of Sports for the Disabled or International Paralympic Sport Federation and European athletes with disabilities.
The EPC has a democratic structure and the governing body of the organisation is elected every two years through a General Assembly, where all registered members are entitled to send delegates and cast their vote. The Committee is made up the President, Secretary General, Treasurer, Technical Officer, Athletes' Representative and four Members-at-large. The current incumbent of the EPC President’s is John Petersson from Denmark, a former Paralympic Swimming Champion.
In the following table, the year in which the NPC was recognized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is also given if it is different from the year in which the NPC was created.
- European Paralympic Committee - official Website
- European Paralympic Committee Youth Games - official Website