At its Congress held on 13 April 2008 in Venice, in the presence of 44 member nations out of 48, the European Weightlifting Federation elected its office-bearers for the next four-year cycle.
President: Antonio Urso (ITA)
General Secretary: Marino Ercolani Casadei (SMR)
Vice Presidents: 1st – Anton Kodjabashev (BUL), Yuri Sandalov (RUS), Dr. Hasan Akkus (TUR), Zygmunt Wasiela (POL) and Per Mattingsdal (NOR)
Executive Board Members: Petr Krol (CZE), Benny Johansson (SWE), Steve Cannon (GBR), Esat Ademi (ALB), Alexander Kurlovich (BLR), Emilio Estarlik (ESP)
Standing row from left: Marino Ercolani Casadei, SMR, EWF General Secretary; Antonio Urso, ITA, EWF President; Waldemar Baszanowski, POL, Immediate Past President EWF; Dr.Tamás Aján, HUN, IWF President; sitting: Dr.Juan F. Marcos Becerro, ESP, Hon.Member EWF and Dr.Raffaele Pagnozzi, Gen. Secr. CONI
The Congress also elected new Committees to the EWF; the lists will be published on the EWF homepage.
As of 14th April 2008, the European Championships will take place in Lignano Sabbiadoro, providing qualification opportunity for 5 countries for men and 3 countries for women to the Beijing Olympic Games.