December 4 – UEFA has gone green and it isn’t just about the greenbacks its top clubs and players so voraciously gobble up. Their ‘greenness’ this time is for the greater good.
Following a virtual powwow between UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, UEFA has committed ‘full’ support to the European Green Deal.
European football’s governing body will also help raise awareness of the call to action in the European Green Deal, and mobilise its forces and stakeholders in moving towards Europe’s goal of being the first climate neutral continent by 2050.
“UEFA shares the vision of the European Green Deal, and we are committing to it as stewards of the most popular sport in Europe. UEFA’s long-term model for European football, based on financial solidarity and values, is perfectly aligned with the European Commission’s vision for inclusive recovery and sustainability. We are a powerful team, and I look forward to strengthening our partnership in the coming years. We must protect our European model of sport for the next generation,” said Ceferin.
President von der Leyen said: “It was a pleasure to meet with president Čeferin to discuss partnership between UEFA and the European Commission on the European Green Deal, vaccinations and much more. It is great to have UEFA on board to kick-off the European Climate Pact soon. Let’s work together to give COVID-19 the red card, so that stadiums can soon be full of fans, and our local parks and pitches full of joy.”
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