The Cultural Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was created in 1969 with Polish IOC Member Włodzimierz Reczek serving as the first chairman of the commission. The Cultural Commission consisted of six IOC members, two representatives of the International Federations and National Olympic Committees, one athlete representative and several independent members. Based on recommendations of the IOC 2000 Commission and approved at the 110th IOC session in December 1999, the Cultural Commission and the Education/International Olympic Academy Commissions were merged into a single Culture and Olympic Education Commission. It has since been re-named the Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission. In 2000, the IOC also created a new Department of Culture and Education.