Tallinn 2011 and Rieti 2013
European Athletics awarded the 2011 European Junior Championships to Tallinn, Estonia, and the 2013 edition of the event to Rieti, Italy during the European Athletics Council meeting in Frankfurt.
The Council also made a series of important decisions in the areas of Competitions, Event Management and Sport Development. EA says in a release. The Council unanimously approved a new system for long term planning for event allocation. The initiative will facilitate better co-ordination of the international athletics calendar along with a balanced distribution of event. The new system will offer a seven-year circle for staging of the European Athletics events that includes both the biennial and annual events.
The process will come in force in autumn 2009. The Council approved a new permit system for one-day meetings in Europe. The structure has been designed to have a consistent system for one-day meetings in Europe in liaison with the IAAF. The world body IAAF plans a new structure from 2010, the IAAF Diamond League. Under the new system the one-day meetings in Europe have been classified into European Premium League, European Challenge League and the Area Permit Meetings.
An important underlying idea behind the new system is to create a link between the existing meetings and to offer even possibilities for each athletic discipline. On the other hand it plans also to categorise athletes in a way that top athletes will compete with preference only at top meetings. Unclear remains the situation of European meetings which are currently part of IAAF Grand Prix but will not be in the Diamond League from 2010. There are also plans to establish a second world-wide league. The new system comes into effect from the year 2010.