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Football Federation of Kosovo joins UEFA

Florence Hardouin elected as female representative on UEFA Executive Committee

40th Ordinary Congress decisions
40th Ordinary Congress decisions

023 - Florence Hardouin elected as female representative on UEFA Executive Committee

The Football Federation of Kosovo (FFK) was admitted as the 55th member association of UEFA with immediate effect after a vote at the 40th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Budapest.

A simple majority was needed for the FFK to become a member and it received 28 votes in favour, with 24 votes against and two invalid votes cast.

"I welcome our 55th member," said UEFA General Secretary ad interim Theodore Theodoridis. "It was a very democratic process, and very open discussions [took place] between the national associations. We respect the result of the Congress [vote]."

Florence Hardouin (France) was elected as the female member on the UEFA Executive Committee for the 2016-19 period, receiving 33 votes against the 21 votes received by Karen Espelund (Norway).

"I'm proud and delighted," the 49-year-old French Football Federation (FFF) general manager said after the election. "It's a great honour for myself, for France and for the French federation. A lot of challenges lie ahead, and I hope to bring to UEFA the experiences that we are gathering with the organisation of UEFA EURO 2016. I also hope to contribute to continuing the development of women's football."

The UEFA Congress ratified the list of members of the UEFA Organs for the Administration of Justice and the list of members of the UEFA Governance and Compliance Committee for the period 2015-2019, as appointed by the UEFA Executive Committee on 29 June 2015.

Finally, several amendments to the UEFA Statutes were approved.