UEFA EURO 2016 is on the agenda for UEFA's Executive Committee meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday and Wednesday, prior to the UEFA Congress in the same city on Thursday.
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Preparations for UEFA EURO 2016 are a key item on the agenda for the UEFA Executive Committee's meeting at the Rixos President Astana Hotel in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The road to the UEFA EURO 2016 final round in France got under way in earnest with last month's qualifying competition draw in Nice, with 53 associations looking to join hosts France at the tournament, which will take place between 10 June and 10 July 2016. The finals will involve 24 teams for the first time.
Preparations are progressing smoothly for the final round, which will be played at stadiums in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse. The qualifying competition, which begins later this year, will feature the new 'Week of Football' concept with fans especially able to enjoy more international matches and games at weekends.
The UEFA Executive Committee, chaired by UEFA President Michel Platini, will also be asked to approve various regulations for next season – the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Youth League, UEFA Women's Champions League and UEFA Futsal Cup, as well as the regulations for the 2014 UEFA Super Cup, which will be held at the Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, on 12 August.
The UEFA Executive Committee meeting will be followed by a press conference attended by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino, starting at approximately 14.00 local time (09.00CET) on Wednesday. The press conference will be streamed live on UEFA.org.
The XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress will be staged at the Palace of Independence in Astana on Thursday.
UEFA's 54 member associations will be asked to approve the UEFA consolidated statement of accounts for 2012/13 and the budget for the 2014/15 financial year, as well as the annual reports of the UEFA President and the UEFA Executive Committee, and the annual report of the UEFA administration for 2012/13. Amendments to the UEFA Statutes are also on the agenda.
In addition, a vote will take place at Congress on a resolution for the integrity of football. The UEFA Executive Committee gave its backing to the resolution at its meeting in Bilbao in December, and the draft document has been submitted to UEFA's member associations for consultation.
The Astana Congress will be streamed live on UEFA.org.