EPFL demands better governance and plans Zurich seminar for October

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September 19 – The European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), furious at the lack of consultancy by UEFA over recent changes in the qualification rules for European club competitions, has called for global standards on good governance.

Speaking at an EU conference on governance in Brussels (organised by the European Commission within the framework of the European Week of Sport 2016), EPFL Chairman Lars-Christer Olsson also praised the EU for keeping sports governance high on its agenda.

The EPFL also pledged to support the Declaration for sport federations and organisation in the EU (see below), and announced that it will host an “International Seminar on Good Governance in Football” in October.

The seminar will take place at the time of the EPFL General Assembly in Zurich, October 21-22.

“The event will count on the participation of all European Leagues which are members of our Association as well as football stakeholders and European institutions,” said an EPFL press release.

Declaration for sport federations and organisation in the EU:

“To preserve the reputation of sport, whilst maintaining its autonomy, sport governing bodies must ensure good governance is firmly embedded within the culture of the organisation. The governance of the structures and operations of sport must be aligned to deal with the current and future threats and challenges, as well as able to exploit the possibilities arising from the continued growth of the sport sector. We voluntarily commit to implement the basic principles of Good Governance in Sport – Integrity, Accountability, Transparency, Democracy, Participation and Inclusivity – into our sport organisations. We recognise that improving governance in an on-going and necessary process to undertake in order to be better protected from risks such as corruption and able to maintain, protect and promote the integrity of sport.”

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