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Union des Associations Européennes de Football

UEFA Executive Committee decisions

142 – Congress agenda and election procedures approved

Published: Friday 8 December 2006, 11.10CET

The UEFA Executive Committee, chaired by UEFA President, Lennart Johansson, and meeting for the last time this year in Nyon, Switzerland, concluded their meeting yesterday evening. The following were the major decisions taken:

The UEFA Executive Committee has duly taken note of the CAS award of 6 July 2006 and had no choice but to admit the Gibraltar Football Association (GFA) as provisional member of UEFA.

Furthermore, the UEFA Executive Committee has also taken note of the decision of the FIFA Executive Committee, according to which the GFA "does not meet the statutory requirements to become a FIFA member".

The UEFA Executive Committee has approved the agenda for the XXXI Ordinary Congress in Düsseldorf, Germany. The congress will open on Thursday 25 January at 16:00, with formal speeches and the awarding of various UEFA honours. On Friday 26 January the congress will begin at 09:00 and is scheduled to end at 13:00. The process of elections will strictly follow the rules laid down in the UEFA Statutes. The congress will first be asked to vote for the UEFA President, followed by elections for the six terms of office expiring on the UEFA Executive Committee, and finally for the vice-president seat on the FIFA Executive Committee and the European seat on the FIFA Executive Committee (see release 133 for full details).

After the above elections the congress will be asked to vote on the applications for full UEFA membership of both Gibraltar and Montenegro.

The Executive Committee also noted with pleasure the recent developments on the Independent European Sport Review, especially that it has been fully endorsed by the European Sports Ministers and its inclusion in the EU Commission's White Paper which will be ready in Spring 2007. Pleasure was also expressed at the report being prepared by the European Parliament recognising the specificity of sport. UEFA and FIFA are now working together to develop a joint position on this issue.

The strategic financial outlook of UEFA for the next six years was presented and is extremely healthy, showing very positive results for the sales of media and partner rights for the UEFA EURO 2008™, which is of great importance for the national associations' ability to plan for the forthcoming years.

Excellent results from European club competitions means a surplus of € 40 million and in agreement with the clubs, through the Club Competitions Committee and European Club Forum the UEFA Executive Committee approved the re-distribution, via solidarity payments, as follows: € 32 million equally to the competing clubs in the Group Stage of the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League and € 8 million to the 80 clubs that were in first round of 2006/07 UEFA Cup.

The Executive Committee also approved two further HatTrick solidarity payments of CHF 600,000 for 2007 and CHF 600,000 for 2008, to be distributed to the national associations.

The Terms of Reference for the European Professional Football Strategy Forum were approved.

The distribution strategy for the sale of broadcast rights ex-Europe for UEFA EURO 2008™ was approved (further details on this to follow) and the Executive Committee noted that the host broadcasting for the tournament will be handled by UEFA.

The Executive Committee heard how the first UEFA Top Executive Programme has now been completed with all 52 national associations. This has included many positive debates and concrete results, for example the agreement to include 170 UEFA European Football Championship qualifying matches into the UEFA commercial programme, which will further enhance the status of those games and allow them to be closer associated with the prestige of the Final Tournament itself. Through the uniqueness of the TEP, associations are able to benefit in those specific areas that are related to the running of the game.

The next UEFA Executive Committee meeting will take place on Wednesday 24 January, at the Hilton Hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany, just prior to the UEFA XXXI Ordinary Congress.

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