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Project’s development and continued diplomatic support

Since its establishment in 1995, the Esimit Europa project has been proudly promoting a common European identity and the importance of cooperation through the unifying power of sport.

Continued support of the European Parliament

The Esimit Europa project has again proven to be an important promoter of cooperation on the European continent.

Patronage of the Council of Europe

The Esimit Europa project has been granted the official patronage of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, H.E. Mr Thorbjørn Jagland.

Meeting with the President and Vice-President of World Sailing

On the occasion of the World Sailing Conference in Barcelona, Igor Simčič, founder of the Esimit Europa project, met with Carlo Croce, President of World Sailing and Quanhai Li, Vice-President of World Sailing and of the Asian Sailing Federation.

The President of the Republic of Slovenia extends honorary patronage to the Esimit Europa project and its future-oriented symbol

The Esimit Europa project has been following its mission of uniting people and promoting stronger collaboration on the European continent by building bridges between the people in the worlds of sports, diplomacy, social responsibility, culture and business for more than 20 years.

Congratulations to Vasilij Žbogar for the silver medal at RIO 2016

Founder of the Esimit Europa project Igor Simčič met a talented young sailor Vasilij Žbogar already at the very beginning of the Esimit Europa project 20 years ago and invited him to become a member of the sailing team composed of the best sailors from both sides of the border - from Slovenia and Italy. Vasilij Žbogar remained in the team as the main tactician and representative of Slovenia while the project developed, yachts became bigger and faster and the team became more and more professional - since 2010 the crew of the Esimit Europa 2 yacht is composed of only top professional sailors of eleven nationalities representing the whole European continent.

Esimit Europa 2 – ready for new challenges

Following the 20th anniversary of the Esimit Europa project and after a highly successful season 2015 for the Esimit Sailing Team, one of the world’s fastest sailing yachts – Esimit Europa 2, is now ready for new challenges.

Igor Simčič met with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Founder of the Esimit Europa project Igor Simcic met with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier today and presented to him the Esimit Europa project. At this opportunity minister expressed his support the project and its mission of promoting the integration of the European continent.

This meeting was another important recognition of the Esimit Europa project and its aim to strengthen friendly relations among European countries.


Igor Simčič, founder of the Esimit Europa project, received the Golden Sparrow statuette for the charity donation in 2015

Esimit Europa was recognised as the main donator in the year 2015 by the Foundation Vrabček Upanja (Sparrow of Hope) for the donation with the purpose of buying new necessary equipment and medical devices for the ward for disabled youth and rehabilitation at Stara Gora and the Maternity Department of the hospital in Šempeter pri Gorici. Besides the donations, Esimit Europa was also the main sponsor of the charity football match that was held in Bilje near Nova Gorica (Slovenia), in the region where the project was founded 20 years ago.


20 Years of Following the Vision of the Esimit Europa Project

To celebrate 20 years of the vision of the Slovenian businessman and entrepreneur Igor Simčič, the founder of the Esimit Europa project, 200 guests and friends of Esimit Europa gathered on the magnificent deck terrace of the new clubhouse of the Yacht Club de Monaco, which is home to the Esimit Europa 2 yacht. Among those attending the gala event organised on this very special occasion were several Ministers, Members of the European Parliament, Ambassadors and Consuls, Managers of sponsoring and partner companies and leaders of several important yachting institutions, who share a passion for sailing and support for this unique European project. Celebrations were held under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor and the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades.

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