The original European Championships were organised from 2001 by European Motorcycle Union (UEM). Until 2011 the champion was determined in a single event. In 2012 this was replaced by a series of four finals. Regardless of that, ISEC was struggling with prestige and promotion and the best European riders were mostly avoiding this contest.
On 20 December 2012 at a press conference in Warsaw, Poland it was announced that the competition would change to a format similar to the Speedway Grand Prix. The Speedway European Championship series is promoted by One Sporta Ltd. from Poland for next three seasons (2013-2015).