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REPORTS FROM EHF BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

Executive Committee

Delegated by the EHF Congress to operate the European Handball Federation, the Executive Committee (EXEC) is primarily charged with the implementation of the resolutions passed by the Congress. Additionally, as custodians, it is authorised to assemble temporary working groups to handle special topics, and also engage in activities and enact business practices that serve the sport of handball, its Member Federations, and its stakeholders.

The Executive Committee is structured to convene at regular intervals, in personal and virtual settings, and in 2021, the group met on six occasions. In April, the 2016 mandate was concluded and the face of the Executive Committee changed following the elections at the 15th Ordinary Congress in Vienna and the current constellation of the EXEC consists of 13 persons. The full Congress report can be found on page 12.

Over the course of the year, the Executive Committee ratified various motions coming from the technical and legal commissions; some matters were settled at the meetings and other were taken as circular decisions. Despite the ongoing challenges, the members of the Executive Committee fulfilled their obligations in terms of representation at various meetings – the Ordinary and Extraordinary EHF Congresses, as well as the Finals of the men’s and women’s club and national team competitions, specifically, the 11 younger age category European Championships and EUROs.

In 2022, the Executive Committee will continue to oversee various major long and short-term projects such as the development of the new EHF office building, the organisation of the 16th EHF Conference of Presidents, and the ongoing implementation of the EHF Master Plan and digital strategy. The first EXEC meeting of the new year will be held on the fringes of the Men’s EHF EURO in Budapest at the final weekend.

 

MICHAEL WIEDERER (AUT)
MICHAEL WIEDERER (AUT)
President
PREDRAG BOŠKOVIĆ (MNE)
PREDRAG BOŠKOVIĆ (MNE)
First Vice President
HENRIK LA COUR (DEN)
HENRIK LA COUR (DEN)
Vice President Finances
BOŽIDAR DJURKOVIĆ (SRB)
BOŽIDAR DJURKOVIĆ (SRB)
CC Chairman
PEDRO SEQUEIRA (POR)
PEDRO SEQUEIRA (POR)
MC Chairman
GABRIELLA HORVATH (HUN)
GABRIELLA HORVATH (HUN)
BC Chairwoman
STEFAN LÖVGREN (SWE)
STEFAN LÖVGREN (SWE)
Member
FRANCISCO V. BLAZQUEZ GARCIA (ESP)
FRANCISCO V. BLAZQUEZ GARCIA (ESP)
Member
FRANC BOBINAC (SLO)
FRANC BOBINAC (SLO)
Member
BENTE AKSNES (NOR)
BENTE AKSNES (NOR)
Member
MARK SCHOBER (GER)
MARK SCHOBER (GER)
NB Chairman
XAVIER O'CALLAGHAN (ESP)
XAVIER O'CALLAGHAN (ESP)
Chairman PHB
MARTA BON (SLO)
MARTA BON (SLO)
Chairwoman WHB

Finance Delegation

The Finance Delegation (FD) acts as a supervisory body appointed by the Executive Committee and supported by CFO Bernhard Binder and his team based at the EHF headquarters. The members of the Finance Delegation evaluate and summarise the current and impending fiscal activities of the organisation prior to delivering the outline and, when deemed necessary, recommendations to the Executive Committee at the scheduled meetings.

The Finance Delegation met on five occasions in 2021 and, in response to the ongoing pandemic, it was clear that the focus of the group had to be the sustainability of the EHF to ensure that the organisation could fulfil its operational and contractual obligations, an element of this included ensuring that competitions are executed, and Member Federations receive their apportioned provisions.

At the 15th Ordinary EHF Congress in April, the adapted budgets were presented and ratified by the Congress; the approval of the Member Federations reinforce the recommendations of the Finance Delegation to proceed with caution during precarious junctures. In 2022, the first meeting of the year will be held in Bratislava during the Men’s EHF EURO.

Technical Delegation

The serving Chairpersons of the Competitions, Methods, and Beach Handball Commissions constitute the Technical Delegation (TD). As a coordinative platform, the members have treated a range of topics that included, but not limited to game administration, technological developments, and education.

Competitions Commission

The endeavours of the Competitions Commission (CC) have centred on keeping the sport in the public arena. The members of the Competitions Commission have dealt with a multitude of topics over the past year that has included referee equipment and education i.e., a candidate course; additionally, many recommendations were submitted to the Executive Committee that covered adaptation of regulations, match schedules, and media rights. With the various events at the forefront of all activities, through concerted efforts, the EHF positively concluded the 2020/21 club season with all Final events taking place in Germany, Hungary, and Romania and two of the events were enjoyed with a limited number of spectators. Currently in the winter hiatus, the 2021/22 club handball season started well and no major unresolvable issues have been raised. At the national team level, EHF EURO Qualifiers, beach handball events, as well as 11 younger age category European Championships were all successfully executed. To start the new year on a high note, the Men’s EHF EURO 2022 will throw off in January in Hungary and Slovakia; the CC looks forward to all the upcoming events.

BOŽIDAR DJURKOVIĆ (SRB)
BOŽIDAR DJURKOVIĆ (SRB)
CC Chairman
JAN KAMPMAN (DEN)
JAN KAMPMAN (DEN)
Member, Men’s Competitions
PÄIVI MITRUNEN (FIN)
PÄIVI MITRUNEN (FIN)
Member, Women’s Competitions
DRAGAN NACHEVSKI (MKD)
DRAGAN NACHEVSKI (MKD)
Member, Refereeing
GAEL PELLETIER (FRA)
GAEL PELLETIER (FRA)
Member, Men’s Club Competitions
THOMAS HYLLE (DEN)
THOMAS HYLLE (DEN)
Member, Women’s Club Competitions

Technical Referee Committee

In June, the Executive Committee approved the recommendation of the Competitions Commission on the composition of the TRC and its members that will serve until the end of the 2022/23 season (incl. 2023 summer events). The members are as follows: Denis Reibel (FRA) for grassroots, Jutta Ehrmann-Wolf (GER) for female referees, Oyvind Tøgstad (NOR) for elite referees, Zigmars Sondors (LAT) for development; the area of ‘Special Tasks’ is assigned to the EHF Office. The current priority of the TRC is the continuation of online education and testing aimed at familiarising EHF delegates with the procedures and software.

EHF Anti-Doping Unit

Due to changes in international protocol issued by WADA, the EHF had to cease anti-doping testing in January 2021 and all testing activities reverted back to the International Handball Federation (IHF). Thus, the EHF focused on educational activities and conducted such activities during the YAC summer events. In July, a new agreement was signed with the IHF, and approved by WADA, giving the EHF anti-doping unit (EAU) full access to the ADAMS system, which allowed for testing by the EAU to be reinstated with immediate effect.

Methods Commission

The Methods Commission (MC) remains committed to the technical development of the game and this responsibility covers many facets. In 2021, the MC gave focus to the area of material and knowledge transfer in its endeavours to update the current system. The year was very active for the Methods Commission, which is supported in the office by the professionals of the Sport & Game Services; this new business unit is a result from the merging of the Methods & Development and Additional Activities departments. From the various activities undertaken throughout the year, the MC have nurtured the handball network by hosting various handball webinars, updating coaching manuals, working with match data through the KINEXON project, and even enfolding more signatories into the RINCK Convention. A highpoint of the year was the transmission of the EHF Scientific Conference that was held in a virtual forum. Moving into the new year, the Methods Commission is pleased to announce that, moving past the unavoidable postponement because of the pandemic and to a possible Paralympic participation in the future, the IHF/EHF World Wheelchair Handball Championship will take place in November 2022. The next edition of the Master Coach course will be held on the fringes of the Men’s EHF EURO.

 

KLAUS FELDMANN (GER)
KLAUS FELDMANN (GER)
Member, Youth School & Non-Competitive Sport (until 11/2019)
MONIQUE TIJSTERMAN (NED)
MONIQUE TIJSTERMAN (NED)
Member, Methods and coaching
PATRICK LUIG (GER)
PATRICK LUIG (GER)
Member, Education and Training
LIDIJA BOJIC-CACIC (CRO)
LIDIJA BOJIC-CACIC (CRO)
Member, Youth School & Non-Competitive Sport
CARMEN MANCHADO (ESP)
CARMEN MANCHADO (ESP)
Member, Development

Beach Handball Commission

The Beach Handball Commission (BC) engaged in a range of topics and over the past 12 months and this specific branch of the sport celebrated many positive experiences, and conversely, also had to endure negative scrutiny concerning clothing regulations. Due to the established relationship between the EHF and IHF, the BC was able to define and submit a proposal which led the IHF to an expedited resolution of the matter. The transition into the new electoral period saw the BC strategic plan reviewed and updated; a key point of the plan is the improvement of the digital, technological, and media services around the competitions. The 2021 EHF Beach Handball EUROs in Varna, Bulgaria for senior and youth players were a resounding success in terms of TV transmission and media figures. Following this event and in view of the 2023 edition of the European Games in Krakow, Poland, the BC has implemented steps to amend and develop the qualification process at both the YAC and senior level. Moving away from the court, the ‘EHF Beach Handball Forum’ introduced in 2020 continues to provide an information exchange platform, and in the coming year, the BC will finalise the topic of transfer and licensing procedures.

GABRIELLA HORVATH (HUN)
GABRIELLA HORVATH (HUN)
BC Chairman
MAREK GORALCZYK (POL)
MAREK GORALCZYK (POL)
Member, Events and Competitions
JIRI OPAVA (CZE)
JIRI OPAVA (CZE)
Member, Officiating
MARCO TRESPIDI (ITA)
MARCO TRESPIDI (ITA)
Member, Game Design & Coaching
MARIO BERNARDES (POR)
MARIO BERNARDES (POR)
Member, Development & Promotion

Comptrollers

The Comptrollers and the Comptrollers’ Council hold the sole purpose of upholding the financial integrity of the European Handball Federation and its subsidiary, EHF Marketing GmbH (EHFM). The financial accounting for the EHF business years 2019 and 2020 was discharged by the EHF Comptrollers in April. Respectively, the results of the EHFM 2020/2021 business year were announced and cleared before the General Assembly of the EHF Marketing GmbH in November 2021. The Comptrollers and the Comptrollers Council conducted their tasks of inspecting all financial transactions and the reliability of the work was verified by external auditing services. In spite the challenges of the previous year, the findings of the Comptrollers and the Comptrollers Council underpinned the conscientious workings of both organisations. The review of the EHF and EHFM financial activities were undertaken with the full cooperation and support of the EHF finance department and the Executive Committee.

Robert PRETTENTHALER / AUT
Robert PRETTENTHALER / AUT
Member
Thomas LUDEWIG / GER
Thomas LUDEWIG / GER
Member
Janka STASOVA / SVK
Janka STASOVA / SVK
Substitute

 

EHF Court of Handball

The 2016-2021 electoral term of office for the members of the EHF Court of Handball (CoH) ended with a number of 200 cases settled in the first instance, 17 of which were resolved in the 2020/21 season; the cases mainly concerned direct disqualifications, withdrawals, and breaches of regulations. At the 2021 EHF Congress, a new president was elected to serve the CoH; with six newly elected and two re-elected members, the EHF Court of Handball is composed of nine people who have already dealt with some 15 cases since its election, none of which have yet been appealed.

IOANNIS KARANASOS (GRE)
IOANNIS KARANASOS (GRE)
Member
ANDREAS THIEL (GER)
ANDREAS THIEL (GER)
Vice President
SORIN-LAURENTIN DINU (ROU)
SORIN-LAURENTIN DINU (ROU)
Vice President
SHLOMO COHEN (ISR)
SHLOMO COHEN (ISR)
Member
URMO SITSI (EST)
URMO SITSI (EST)
Member
MATEA HORVAT (CRO)
MATEA HORVAT (CRO)
Member
ANDRÉ HOMMEN (NED)
ANDRÉ HOMMEN (NED)
Member
YVONNE LEUTHOLD (SUI)
YVONNE LEUTHOLD (SUI)
Member
ALAN GRIMA (MLT)
ALAN GRIMA (MLT)
Member

EHF Court of Appeal

In total, 20 cases were brought to the second instance during the four-year term of the EHF Court of Appeal (CoA) members. Last season, the CoA dealt with an appeal against an EHF Administrative decision towards a club’s non-participation in a competition due to Covid-19 Regulations. The decision has been published in the seventh edition of the EHF Legal Journal. Among others, the seven members of the CoA, including two newly elected members, have also dealt with transfer issues.

 

MARKUS PLAZER (AUT)
MARKUS PLAZER (AUT)
President
NICOLAE VIZITIU (MDA)
NICOLAE VIZITIU (MDA)
Member
KETEVAN KOBERIDZE (GEO)
KETEVAN KOBERIDZE (GEO)
Member
MILAN PETRONIJEVIC (SRB)
MILAN PETRONIJEVIC (SRB)
Member
ILONA TORDAI (HUN)
ILONA TORDAI (HUN)
Member
ROBERT CZAPLICKI (POL)
ROBERT CZAPLICKI (POL)
Member
IZET GJINOVCI (KOS)
IZET GJINOVCI (KOS)
Member

EUROPEAN HANDBALL COURT OF ARBITRATION

As of April 2021, the EHF Court of Arbitration is now renamed European Handball Court of Arbitration, but its acronym, ECA, remains unchanged. The ECA Council is composed of three new members, a President and a Vice President elected at the 2021 EHF Congress and a second Vice-President jointly appointed by the EHF stakeholders’ representatives. The development of the ECA can be reflected by an increased number of submissions concerning contractual matters for which ECA has jurisdiction through an arbitration clause in contracts between the stakeholders in the handball world, i.e., players, clubs, agencies. Indeed, the ECA dealt with three cases of this type in the past year, all of which contained an arbitration clause recognising the ECA as the competent body to handle the disputes arising between the parties.

GIORGIO TEDESCO (ITA)
GIORGIO TEDESCO (ITA)
President
REMY LEVY (FRA)
REMY LEVY (FRA)
Vice President
MARTA UTOR (ESP)
MARTA UTOR (ESP)
Vice President

INITIATOR OF PROCEEDINGS

Within the EHF ‘Whistleblower’ system, the Initiator of Proceedings and the newly instituted substitute (two honorary members with comprehensive experience from their former legal functions) are the direct link to anonymous persons submit a complaint or information of concern.

 

RUI COELHO / POR
RUI COELHO / POR
Member
PANOS ANTONIOU / CYP
PANOS ANTONIOU / CYP
Substitue

Legal Delegation

The Legal Delegation is an administrative body established by the Executive Committee to function as an oversight committee. Comprised of the Presidents from the Court of Handball, Court of Appeal, and the European Handball Court of Arbitration Council, the group meets to consider various legal issues across the internal frameworks.

 

WOUTER LAMBRECHT (BEL)
WOUTER LAMBRECHT (BEL)
Vice President

EHF Nations Board

The reconstituted Nations Board (NB) combines the Nations Committee Men and the Nations Committee Women with three members from each committee nominated to the Board. The chairperson of the Nations Board represents the body in the EHF Executive Committee. The purpose of the board is to represent the interests of the National Federations from the perspective of national team activities. In addition to dealing with the topics treated in the NCM and NCW meetings, the NB also looked at topics that included, but were not limited to, wheelchair handball, marketing and personality rights, as well as education compensation and player agents. Over the course of the year, the NB received and gave feedback to the comprehensive information on current and upcoming national team event on both the senior and youth level.

MARK SCHOBER (GER)
MARK SCHOBER (GER)
Chairman
PIRJE ORASSON (EST)
PIRJE ORASSON (EST)
Vice Chairwoman
MORTEN STIG CHRISTENSEN (DEN)
MORTEN STIG CHRISTENSEN (DEN)
Member
NODJIALEM MYARO (FRA)
NODJIALEM MYARO (FRA)
Member (WHB)
LEONOR MALLOZZI (POR)
LEONOR MALLOZZI (POR)
Member
INGO MECKES (SUI)
INGO MECKES (SUI)
Member

EHF Nations’ Committee Men

The Nations Committee Men (NCM) is a newly created body that will treat matters pertaining to men’s national team activities. In 2021 following its creation the members met on three occasions. At all meetings, the EHF representatives (non-members) imparted pertinent information. The topics discussed covered the M19 EHF EURO, 2022 YAC events, IHF/EHF Trophy, the Covid-19 situation and the respective Hygiene Concepts and other measures, the scheduling of matches, as well as issues that affect the emerging nations. The next meeting of the NCM is scheduled for March 2022.

INGO MECKES (SUI)
INGO MECKES (SUI)
Member
JARI HENTTONEN (FIN)
JARI HENTTONEN (FIN)
Vice Chairman
MORTEN STIG CHRISTENSEN (DEN)
MORTEN STIG CHRISTENSEN (DEN)
Member
BERTRAND GILLE (FRA)
BERTRAND GILLE (FRA)
Member
MARK SCHOBER (GER)
MARK SCHOBER (GER)
Member
FINTAN LYONS (IRL)
FINTAN LYONS (IRL)
Member

EHF Nations’ Committee Women

The Nations Committee Women (WCM) was created to deal with the various topics concerning women’s national team activities. Since the foundation of the NCW, the members have met three times. In addition to the information provided by the EHF, the NCW discussed the 2021 YAC events in depth, as well as the broader scope of the upcoming EHF EURO events with a focus on 2024, its playing system, and the clear need for a workshop for first time participants. Additionally, the group also explored the topic of the Women’s Referee Project. The NCW will reconvene in March 2022.

NODJIALEM MYARO (FRA)
NODJIALEM MYARO (FRA)
Chairwoman
LEONOR MALLOZZI (POR)
LEONOR MALLOZZI (POR)
Vice Chairwoman
SARKA DROZDOVA (CZE)
SARKA DROZDOVA (CZE)
Member
PIRJE ORASSON (EST)
PIRJE ORASSON (EST)
Member
PAOLA FIORILLO (ITA)
PAOLA FIORILLO (ITA)
Member
CRISTINA VARZARU (ROU)
CRISTINA VARZARU (ROU)
Member

EHF Stakeholder Representations

Based on the motion from the 2018 EHF Congress (SCO), the representation governing men’s and women’s national team activities was endorsed for restructure with the next electoral period (2021 -2025). Thus, in April 2021, the EHF Nations Committee Men and the EHF Nations Committee Women were introduced, and the Nations Board (NB) was officially reformed. Three members from each committee were nominated to the new Nations Board from which the chairperson is entitled to represent the NB in the EHF Executive Committee. The construct of the Professional Handball Board and the Women’s Handball Board remained unchanged.

Professional Handball Board

In 2021, the Professional Handball Board (PHB) dealt with a range of topics; in addition to the comprehensive discussions concerning club and national team competitions that consisted of season and event reviews and previews, the international calendar, as well as match schedules, there were also talks about transfers and ranking lists, the difficulties of the pandemic visited upon the stakeholders and the efforts being undertaken to combat the issues. The members also found agreement on the matter of Players’ Agents. The Professional Handball Board is a grouping of the recognised stakeholder groups: National Federations, Clubs, Leagues, and Players with additional representation from the EHF Executive Committee and with the presence of the President and Secretary General as non-voting members.

XAVIER O’CALLAGHAN (ESP)
XAVIER O’CALLAGHAN (ESP)
Chairman
NIKOLAS LARSSON (SWE)
NIKOLAS LARSSON (SWE)
Vice Chairman
MORTEN STIG CHRISTENSEN (DEN)
MORTEN STIG CHRISTENSEN (DEN)
Member, National Teams
MARK SCHOBER (GER)
MARK SCHOBER (GER)
Member, National Teams
GREGOR PLANTEU (SLO)
GREGOR PLANTEU (SLO)
Member, Clubs
FRANK BOHMANN (GER)
FRANK BOHMANN (GER)
Member, Leagues
MICHAEL SAHL HANSEN (DEN)
MICHAEL SAHL HANSEN (DEN)
Member, Players
MARCUS ROMINGER (GER)
MARCUS ROMINGER (GER)
Member, Players
PREDRAG BOŠKOVIĆ (MNE)
PREDRAG BOŠKOVIĆ (MNE)
Member, EXEC
STEFAN LÖVGREN (SWE)
STEFAN LÖVGREN (SWE)
Member, EXEC

Women’s Handball Board

In 2021, the ongoing ‘Respect Your Talent’ programme was successfully transferred to the men’s youth and junior national team events during the summer. All RYT elements, such as the Ambassadors, social media, and interview training, received a positive reception from the participants. The Women’s Handball Board continued to work closely with the EHF Competence Academy & Network; this cooperation resulted in over 20 female participants receiving additional training. In 2022, the WHB will develop it strategy for referees in the future; this is a larger project that will be a collaboration with the technical commissions. According to the 2018 Congress decision, the reconstituted Women’s Handball Board (WHB) is the forum that brings the representatives of the national federations, club, leagues and players together to serve primarily in an advisory capacity to the EHF. The first session of the WHB (and as well as the PHB) saw the election of the new chairpersons each who are representing the stakeholders in the Executive Committee.

MARTA BON (SLO)
MARTA BON (SLO)
Chairwoman
LEONOR MALLOZZI (POR)
LEONOR MALLOZZI (POR)
Vice Chairwoman
NODJIALEM MYARO (FRA)
NODJIALEM MYARO (FRA)
Member National Teams
DEJA IVANOVIC (SLO)
DEJA IVANOVIC (SLO)
Member, Clubs
RADMILA PETROVIC (MNE)
RADMILA PETROVIC (MNE)
Member, Clubs
JELENA ERIC (SRB)
JELENA ERIC (SRB)
Member
ELENA BORRAS ALCARAZ (ESP)
ELENA BORRAS ALCARAZ (ESP)
Member
MONIKA LISTKIEWICZ / POL
MONIKA LISTKIEWICZ / POL
Member
BENTE AKSNES (NOR)
BENTE AKSNES (NOR)
Member
FRANCISCO V. BLAZQUEZ GARCIA (ESP)
FRANCISCO V. BLAZQUEZ GARCIA (ESP)
Member EXEC

European Handball League Board

The European Handball League Board (EHLB) is tasked with strengthening the leagues across the continent and serving the interests of the league stakeholders. In its endeavours to fulfil its obligations to the leagues and push back against the difficulties caused by the pandemic, the EHLB held a league conference and its second general assembly in June. The interaction within the network increased and based on the results of the National League Survey undertaken, the strategic plan was adapted accordingly. The topics currently on the agenda of the EHLB concern venue development, sponsorships and licensing, cooperation with other stakeholder groups i.e., players, women’s leagues; however, the primary matter remains the international calendar. The next EHLB Workshop is scheduled to take place in June 2022.

NIKOLAS LARSSON (SWE)
NIKOLAS LARSSON (SWE)
Chairman
FRANK BOHMANN (GER)
FRANK BOHMANN (GER)
Vice Chairman
STEFANO PODINI (ITA)
STEFANO PODINI (ITA)
Member
PATRICE HITZ (SUI)
PATRICE HITZ (SUI)
Member
ALF MANGOR JOHANNESSEN (NOR)
ALF MANGOR JOHANNESSEN (NOR)
Member
THIERRY WAGNER (LUX)
THIERRY WAGNER (LUX)
Member

 

 

EHF Marketing GmbH Boards:

EHFM ADVISORY BOARD:

Michael Wiederer (AUT), Chairman | EHF President
Predrag Boskovic (MNE), Member | EHF First Vice President
Henrik La Cour (DEN), Member | EHF Vice President Finances
Martin Hausleitner (AUT), Member | EHF Secretary General
Janos Szabo (HUN), Member | MFCH Representative
Xavier O’Callaghan (ESP), Member | MFCH President
Zsolt Akos Jeney (HUN), Member | WFCH President
Gerd Butzeck (GER), Member | FCH Managing Director

MEN’S CLUB BOARD (MC):

Michael Wiederer (AUT), Chairman | EHF President
Predrag Boskovic (MNE), Member | EHF First Vice President
Henrik La Cour (DEN), Member | EHF Vice President Finances
Martin Hausleitner (AUT), Member | EHF Secretary General
Janos Szabo (HUN), Member | Board Member MFCH
Thorsten Storm (GER), Member | Deputy Board member MFCH
Peter Leutwyler (SUI), Member | Vice President MFCH
Gerd Butzeck (GER), Member | Managing Director MFCH

WOMEN’S CLUB BOARD:

Zsolt Akos Jeney (HUN), Member | Chairman
Per Geir Løvstad (NOR) | Member
Nicolas Roue (FRA) | Member
Gerhard Haidvogel (AUT) | Member
Emil Berggren (SWE) | Member

EHFM COMPTROLLERS COUNCIL:

Robert Prettenthaler (AUT) | Comptroller
Thomas Ludewig (GER) | Comptroller
Janka Stasova (SVK) | Substitute Comptroller (activated in 2021)
Jennifer Kettemann (GER) | Comptroller – MFCH
Per Geir Løvstad (NOR) | Comptroller – WFCH