Our efforts and the commitment of numerous politicians in the Bundestag, who have an open ear for minorities, have paid off: last week, the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag agreed to fund EUROPEADA 2024 with 250,000 euros. This is an important milestone for the financing of the major sporting event.
"EUROPEADA is the celebration of sport and minorities, fair play and diversity. We are delighted and grateful for the decision, which shows that the unique importance of EUROPEADA is recognised," says FUEN President Loránt Vincze. "This decision will give FUEN and the local organisers – the four autochthonous minorities in the German-Danish border region – the financial stability and flexibility they need to organise another successful edition of the European Minority Football Championship in 2024."
German Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck, patron of the tournament, also expressed his delight at the successful negotiations: "Our efforts to secure federal funding for EUROPEADA 2024 have paid off. A great success. Now I am looking forward to next year's tournament even more."
EUROPEADA will take place from 28 June to 7 July 2024 under the motto "between the seas" in the German-Danish border region. 27 men's and nine women's teams will then play for the title – parallel to the "big" UEFA European Football Championship in Germany – at a total of 13 venues in Denmark and Germany, including Flensburg/Flensborg, Sønderborg/Sonderburg, Tönning/Tønning and Eckernförde/Egernførde. The Danish minority in Germany, the German minority in Denmark as well as the Sinti and Roma and the Frisian minority in Schleswig-Holstein make up the quartet of hosts.
FUEN is the founder and coordinator of the tournament and organises EUROPEADA together with the local organisers. Previously, the European Minority Football Championship was held in Graubünden/Switzerland (2008), Lausitz/Germany (2012), South Tyrol/Italy (2016) and Carinthia/Koroška, Austria (2022). The tournament is a major sporting event that combines fair competition and the excitement of a sports festival with the matters of the autochthonous, national minorities.
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