Handball is our common world that does not recognise any borders. Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia have never had an opportunity in their history to arrange a women sports event of such importance and size together on their own as the European Championship definitely is. Therefore, our joint candidacy to be the organiser of the 2024 European Championship is the expression of determination, humility, responsibility and hope that we can move the women handball to the level that we all in the administration background of handball and our sports fans wish. The joint candidacy of the three very close countries, not only geographically, but also in terms of the handball players numbers is the promise of a quality shift of the European women handball level. It is also an honour to host the best European teams of such beautiful sport as the handball is.
Sport should connect people. Because of that, the connection of the three countries – Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia – has to be understood as a positive signal that a team play has its sense not only on the playground but also on the supranational level. That even though every country plays in its own name, we all play for one common objective. Handball. Great Czech, Polish and Slovak handball players deserve that their sports determination and resolution is appreciated in the form of a championship on their domestic soil in the atmosphere that their sports fans can create not only for them but for every team participating. Every single point obtained at the event of European meaning means the chance to get a new sports talent for this beautiful sport. So we believe that the honour to arrange the European Championship will be a chance and guarantee of promising future of the women handball in countries that are “SO CLOSE”.
Women's handball has never been so close to fans before. "So close!" is the EHF EURO 2024 motto, an universal claim that fits into the nature of the 24-team tournament in 3 countries which are very close to each other: Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. Let's be closer to handball, let's be closer to fans than ever before, let's be closer to the game, let's be close to perfection. This slogans define all organizational aspects of this big sport event, which main goal won't be only to select the European Champion but also bringing Women’s European Handball to the highest level of sports event organization. We want to do even more by involving local communities, small clubs and schools. It will be one of our targets to invite young people to us because we believe that big sport starts over there. We want to be closer to them and help them to be closer to us. This is the idea of the slogan "So close!".
Banská Bystrica is a city in central Slovakia located on the Hron River in a long and wide valley encircled by the mountain chains of the Low Tatras, the Veľká Fatra, and the Kremnica Mountains. With 78 327 inhabitants, Banská Bystrica is the sixth most populous municipality in Slovakia. The present town was founded by German settlers, however it was built upon a former Slavic settlement. It obtained the municipal privileges of a free royal town of the Kingdom of Hungary in 1255.
The copper mining town acquired its present picturesque look in the Late Middle Ages when the prosperous burghers built its central churches, mansions, and fortifications. It is the capital of the kraj (Banská Bystrica Region) and the okres (Banská Bystrica District). It is also the home of Matej Bel University. As a historical city with an easy access to the surrounding mountains, Banská Bystrica is a popular winter and summer tourist destination.
Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia. With a population of about 430,000, it is one of the smaller capitals of Europe but still the country’s largest city. The greater metropolitan area is home to more than 650,000 people. Bratislava is in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two sovereign states.
The city’s history has been influenced by people of many nations and religions, including Austrians, Bulgarians, Croats, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Jews, Serbs and Slovaks. It was the coronation site and legislative center of the Kingdom of Hungary from 1536 to 1783 and has been home to many Slovak, Hungarian and German historical figures.
Bratislava is the political, cultural and economic centre of Slovakia. It is the seat of the Slovak president, the parliament and the Slovak Executive. It has several universities, and many museums, theatres, galleries and other cultural and educational institutions. Many of Slovakia’s large businesses and financial institutions have headquarters there.
Katowice with population 302 397 is a capital of the Silesia region (3 mln citizens), located in southwest of Poland in the Silesian Highlands, about 50 km north of the Silesian Beskids (part of the Carpathian Mountains).
Katowice - the city, which has completely changed its face within last few years. In the past the capital of Silesian County was associated with heavy industry, today Katowice is an European city referring to tradition. Nowadays Katowice’s face is a result of consequence of self-government body activities for the last years aiming at emphasizing its perfect location, and also economic, administrative and intellectual potential.
For the last several years Katowice has been one of the leader cities of the European integration.
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It is the largest town square of medieval Europe, preserved in unchanged form since 1257 and included in the first list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites already in 1978. For 600 years now, from the tower of St Mary's Basilica, every hour the bugle call, played to the four winds, can be heard. Additionally, the Cloth Hall – the medieval market hall located in the middle of the Market Square – is one of the most recognizable Polish monuments.
The Moravian-Silesian Region metropole is the third largest city in the Czech Republic (population around 300 thousands). It is strategically located 10 kilometres south of the Polish and 50 kilometres west of the Slovak border. It is 360 km from Prague, 170 km from Brno, 90 km from Katowice and 310 km from Vienna. The Odra, Ostravice, Opava and Lučina rivers flow through the city. Ostrava is one of the greenest cities in the Czech Republic. There are 30 m² of green area per inhabitant in the city. In addition to the large parks and forest complexes, you will also find three nature reserves and four natural monuments.
Ostrava is also an important economic centre. Many new jobs have been created in still not very traditional sectors such as the automotive, IT, and outsourcing industries in recent years. Over 30,000 students are studying at universities in Ostrava. According to the ranking, the VŠB Technical University is the best university in Central Europe.
Šamorín is a small Slovak town in western Slovakia, southeast of Bratislava. The town is located on the Danubian Flat on Žitný ostrov island, near the Gabčíkovo dam on the Danube. It is located around 17 kilometres (11 miles) southeast of Bratislava and 25 kilometres (16 miles) west of Dunajská Streda. Administratively, the town belongs to the Trnava Region, Dunajská Streda District.
The settlement was a prominent port on the Danube during the Middle Ages and the market center of Rye Island. Agriculture also played a major role in the town’s development. As a result of this prosperity, its citizens enjoyed a brisk trade in the new technologies and many shipyards on the Danube.
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Location on the dozen of Oder islands, on the banks of the river and on banks of its tributaries brought Wrocław the nickname “Venice of the North”. Among more than 120 bridges spanning the islands most famous is Most Grunwaldzki. One hundred years ago it was the last word of construction technology. The bridges became also the special symbols of Wrocław mentality – combining tradition with modernity of XXI century metropolis.