After the official opening, the CEV President Aleksandar Boričić summed up some of the key points he and the other members of the new Leadership have been working on:
“We must change our mentality, our approach has to be different from the past, and we need to use technology as extensively as possible in order to grow and modernise our sport. We must run our organisation like any other business because with no money we cannot invest into actions that can go to the benefit of all 56 National Federations,” the CEV President said.
“We must start cooperating a lot closer with national, regional and local authorities to raise more funds to be invested in Volleyball. I personally visited 20 countries since last year’s elections, and together with my colleagues we were able to establish good connections with an impressive number of national sports authorities, Ministries, governments, Olympic Committees, and this is already paying dividends. We invested € 3 million in 12 months, but this is only the beginning of an exciting journey. You can rest assured that the CEV will always be at your side, supporting each one of you in your efforts and actions to develop Volleyball in your respective countries, while at the same time focussing on promoting our star players and their results. I am confident that all together we can compose one united team and achieve great results!” Mr Boričić concluded.
FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said: “I am happy with the opportunity to attend this Congress and to be able to address so many of you. You can be sure that Europe will no longer be forgotten, because we now share the same vision and goals and will work as closely as ever in order to grow Volleyball worldwide. I have come to Luxembourg in order to listen to your ideas and proposals, I am here to learn and not to talk. I look forward to having a fruitful exchange of views and experiences and am always at your disposal to discuss anything which can help us raise the profile of our sport, in Europe and all over the world as well.”