First meeting of the bid committee
The session was held on Monday, November 3rd, 2003, in one of the function rooms of Paris City Hall. Three main points were covered: the budget, the principles to observe in accordance with IOC requirements and the precise role of the bid committee.
More than a hundred people representing the world of sport, local authorities,
administrations and major public services concerned, as well as representatives
of partner firms, attended this first meeting of the bid committee. The session
was chaired by the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, who is President of Paris
2012. At his side were Jean-François Lamour, Minister of Sports, Jean-Paul Huchon,
President of the Ile-de-France Region, Henri Sérandour, President of the French
National Olympic Committee (CNOSF), and many other suitably qualified key figures.
Philippe Baudillon, CEO of Paris 2012, and Deputy CEO Essar Gabriel, each addressed
the meeting, in turn, to introduce the main points:
the budget for the bid amounts to 24 million euros, slightly less than the budget
for Paris's 2008 bid;
the principles for the bid, which must fully satisfy the wishes of the International
Olympic Committee (IOC), with sport and the athletes at the heart of Paris's bid.
The spirit in which Paris wishes to meet the IOC's requirements can be summed
up in six words:
the role of the bid committee
This role is three-fold: to inform, to mobilise all interested parties and to
take part in every step of the bid.