Ukrainians make the strongest contingent with 35 players and 5 coaches at the European Championship in Catez. The Slovenian organisers have provided some free rooms and accommodation whereas the ECU has waived the fees. The Government of Ukraine granted players between 18 and 60 special permissions to represent their country at the board. The Belarus Chess Federation retracted its players when it was announced that they couldn’t represent their country. Only four Russians take part, two of whom are juniors, one is a senior and the fourth is married in Germany and about to change federation.