By Mike Rowbottom

Braunschweig 05-11-121November 5 - The Germany city of Braunschweig and the Russian city of Cheboksary will host, respectively, the top leagues of the 2014 and 2015 European Athletics Team Championships, following decisions by the European Athletics Council.

Braunschweig (pictured top) prevailed over Ostrava in the Czech Republic in the contest to host the top division of the 2014 Championships, while Cheboksary was the sole bidder for 2015.

European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz said: "We congratulate Braunschweig and Cheboksary and look forward to excellent European Athletics Team Championships in the summers of 2014 and 2015."

Each city delegation made its final presentation to the European Athletics Council during its 133rd meeting in Bucharest.

The 2013 Championships are due to be held in Gateshead.

The Council also agreed to the concept proposal of the European Youth Championships that is foreseen to be held in 2016.

It will be presented to the Congress in Skopje for final approval in April 2013.

European Athletics' ongoing sustainability drive will be spearheaded by its "Green Inspiration" brand concept, approved by the Council, which will be used to drive campaigns that inspire and recognise efforts contributing to the sustainability of events.

The project will start with the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships in the Swedish city of Göteborg and will then be implemented at subsequent events in 2013 and 2014.

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