Dear athlets,colleagues and guests
usually the official opening speech will be held by our USPE President Mr. Luc Smeyers from Belgium.
But unfortunately due to other professional duties he is not able to come to this EPC.
He asked me to replace him.
First I would like to give all of you a very warm welcome here in Windischgarsten in Upper Austria.
Windischgarsten is not new in the USPE history.
The USPE have been here in 2001 for
EPC Skiing and in 2004 for EPC Cycling.
I remember as a Delegate of the German team.
Unforgettable were the torrential rain showers and stormy wind during the closing ceremony at cycling.
Dear friends, I am sure, that our colleagues from the Austrian Police Sport Association (ÖPolSV) will organize this EPC also on a high level as they did in the past.
Due to the wonderful weather- conditions we are looking forward to see interesting and exciting competitions.
In my opinion Skiing has a lot of properties of our police job like team spirit and physical fitness.
Close to the sporting part an EPC has also the philosophy of a come together of Police colleagues from different countries, make small talk and built up new friendships.
Dear friends, UpperAustria is a wonderful region.
I hope that you have also a little bit time for sightseeing. Enjoy it.