The Confédération Européenne de Pétanque (CEP)
In the mid 1990's Karsten Köhler, President of the Fédération Allemande de Pétanque (DPV) and Flemming Jensin, President of the Fédération Danoise de Pétanque (DPF) worked together at the International North Sea Pétanque Tournament (INSPT). They agreed that there was a need to give Women and Juniors more competitions in the opposite year of the World Championships.
In 1997 Jan Sjölander from Sweden and Flemming Jensin started the Euro-Cup for club teams, then in 1998 France invited teams to a kind of European Championship for Youngsters in Dijon.
Karsten and Flemming could see that the French Federation would support something for Europe, and that France was willing to host the foundation of the Confédération Européenne de Pétanque (CEP) in January 1999 in Strasbourg.
The first official European Championship for Juniors took place in Liège, Belgium in 2000, where we had a significant support from the Belgium Pétanque Federation and in particular the President Roger Petermanns. The French Pétanque Federation helped again with the 1st. European Championship for women in 2001 held in Strasbourg, since then we have organised, every other year, a European Championship for both the women and juniors and each year from 1998 the Euro-Cup competition.
During the 2005 European Championship for Women held in Denmark, the CEP Board proposed a "new" tournament for young people (age 18 - 22) called the "Espoirs". The idea was to offer something for the players, who became 18 years old, but were too young, and not experienced enough to go direct to the "open" national team. We wanted to encourage them to continue in our sport. Every Federation thought it was a very good idea, and the CEP started the Espoirs competition for both Women and Men in 2007. The finals in April 2008 were played in France. The Espoirs championship now takes place every year.
In 2009 the CEP Board introduced the 1st European Championship for Men held in Nice, France which was to reflect the FIPJP's decision to restrict the World Championship by qualification or selection from the Continental Confederations, the allocation for Europe being 24 nations. The CEP Board and member Federations continue to draw our values from those of the International Olympic Movement, and accepts the regulations and provisions implemented by the Olympic Committee.
We seek to assit the FIPJP (Fédération Internationale de Pétanque et Jeu Provençal) and CMSB (Confédération Mondiale de Sports Boules) to have Petanque admitted as an Olympics Game