In 1990, thanks to the initiative of Jacques Rogge's, the European Olympic Committee launched the European Youth Olympic Days, nowadays known as the EYOF, the only multi-sport event on this continent. The idea of organising European Games (launched before the constitution of the association and then vdropped) had been taken up again. The EYOFs, that have a Summer and a Winter edition, take place every year with an odd number. Since they were launched they have taken place in:
1991 in Brussels (Belgium);
1993 in Aosta (Italy) and in Valkenswaard (Netherlands)
1995 in Andorra-La Vella (Andorra) and in Bath (Great Britain)
1997 in Sundsvall (Sweden) and in Lisbon (Portugal)
1999 in Poprad Tatry (Slovakia) and in Esbjerg (Denmark)
2001 in Vuokatti (Finland) and in Murcia (Spain).
2003 in Bled (Slovenia) and in Paris (France).
2005 in Monthey (Switzerland) and in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy)
2007 in Jaca (Spain) and in Belgrad (Serbia)
2009 in Slask Beskidy (Poland) an in Tampere (Finland)
2011 in Liberec (the Czech Republic) and in Trabzon (Turkey)
Starting with the EYOF held in Esbjerg, the European Olympic Committee (EOC) has organised a seminar on the Olympic Movement for young sports journalists, during the summer edition.
According to Pierre de Coubertin's Olympic Charter, the purpose of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to the building of a better and more peaceful world by educating youngs through sport, without discrimination of any kind, within the Olympic Ideal, that calls for reciprocal understanding and spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.
"Olympism is a philosophy of life, which exalts in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to be the creator of a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and on respect for universal fundamental ethical principle"
Olympic Charter, Fundamental Principles, paragraph 2.