June 10, the Netherlands announced its official decision not to host the second edition of the European Games.
In a statement by the Dutch government, the organizers-to-be said the costs of the games were too high.
The Dutch also questioned the importance of these games given European Championships that already include athletes competing in such categories as swimming and athletics.
The European Olympic Committee said they were disappointed with this decision accusing the Dutch of "lack of vision".
EOC President Patrick Hickey ensured the Committee would find a good replacement.
First European Games begin June 12 in the capital of Baku.