The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, welcomed ambassadors from member states of the European Union who are based in Switzerland and government officials from the City of Lausanne and Canton of Vaud at The Olympic Museum today in Lausanne.
The visit to The Museum was proposed by the Embassy of Greece in Bern and the Greek Ambassador to Switzerland, His Excellency Harris Manessis. Greece currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a position that rotates between the member states of the EU every six months. The Greek ambassador was joined by his counterparts from 21 EU member states to visit Lausanne for the day, a trip that also included stops at the Maison de L’Elysee and the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe.
The delegation heard speeches from President Bach, Ambassador Manessis, Minister of Finance and External Relations for the Canton of Vaud Pascal Broulis, and Lausanne Mayor Daniel Brélaz.
In his remarks, President Bach took the opportunity to re-emphasise the strong ties between the IOC and the Swiss authorities at federal, cantonal and local levels. He also underlined the important role of sport in the EU, and its power to build strong citizens and a strong society.