Brussels, 30th August 2004
On Monday, the President of the European Commission Romano Prodi congratulated the city of Athens and the people of Greece for their brilliantly organised Olympic Games.
“The Games were a huge success thanks to their unique spirit and smooth organisation but also because EU athletes did so well. Winning 82 gold medals and more than 280 medals in total, the European Union’s sportsmen and sportswomen performed outstandingly at Athens.”
The President said it was his dream to see the EU Member States perform even better and in an even more united fashion at the next Olympic Games.
“In 2008 I hope to see the EU Member State teams in Beijing carry the flag of the European Union alongside their own national flag as a symbol of our unity,” he said.
“Congratulations again to the whole European sporting movement, which is founded on the basic values of all healthy, positive societies: a sense of fairness, generosity of spirit, grit and fortitude, and love of peace,” President Prodi said in conclusion.