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Welcome addresses from Ricardo Rio,
Mayor of Braga

Braga is pleased to hold the 8th European University Handball Championship, a major international sport event of great importance.

The city is full of traditions and places to visit. With more than 2000 years of history, it is a lively city, one of the oldest in the country, and is teeming with young people who study at its universities. It was recently considered, in a study made by the European Commission, one of the European cities with more quality of live.

The Municipality is investing in sport as a vehicle for health promotion, encouraging teamwork values and change for youngsters on a personal and social level. We are firmly convicted that Braga will soon be considered the Capital of Sport in Portugal.

Handball is a sport with great impact and widespread acceptance in Braga and the University of Minho is a reference in University sport that makes the entire city proud. I am certain this will be one of the greatest editions of the European University Handball Championship.

We hope you will all enjoy this competition as much as we will enjoy hosting it. Good luck to all the teams competing in the event.


The City Mayor,
Ricardo Rio



Ricardo Rio

Mayor of Braga