The complete agenda for the 2013 FIFA Congress has now been published on FIFA.com and can be read by clicking the link on the right.
The Congress agenda includes several points in relation to FIFA’s governance reform process:
· Point 12 of the agenda is an update on the reforms which were approved at the 2011 and 2012 FIFA Congresses and at FIFA Executive Committee meetings since 2011.
These reforms, which have already been implemented, include several of the key proposals made by the Independent Governance Committee (IGC) and the FIFA Task Forces Transparency and Compliance, Ethics Committee, and Revision of Statutes. These are some of the reforms implemented:
- The Ethics Committee has been divided into an investigatory and an adjudicatory chamber;
- Both chambers are now chaired by independent persons, meeting the necessary professional requirements (as stated in the IGC’s report from February 2013);
- The Ethics Committee has been given the competences and resources to discharge its purpose. Specifically, the investigatory chamber is able to draw up a budget at its own discretion in order to conduct professional investigations with internal or external resources (as stated in the IGC’s report from February 2013);
- The Ethics Committee is empowered to investigate and adjudicate past issues or behaviour and the investigatory chamber has the power to open investigations completely independently from any other FIFA bodies or officials (as stated in the IGC’s report from February 2013);
- The Code of Ethics has been revised and put into force to reflect these structural and procedural changes and to describe the rules of conduct and expected behaviour (e.g. conflicts of interest, gifts and other benefits, bribery and corruption) more clearly;
- A confidential reporting mechanism for systematically managing complaints and allegations of all kinds was activated at the beginning of February 2013;
- An Audit and Compliance Committee has been established with the typical supervisory role of an audit committee and the additional responsibilities of a compliance programme as well as compensation and benefits (a sub-committee has been created for this purpose);
- The chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee is independent and meets the necessary professional requirements, (as stated in the IGC’s report from February 2013);
- The Audit and Compliance Committee has been given the competences and resources to discharge its purpose; it has access to persons and information and can decide on the support of external advice at its own discretion;
- The direct election by the Congress of the chairmen, deputy chairmen and members of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee and its judicial bodies – comprising the two chambers of the Ethics Committee, the Disciplinary Committee and the Appeal Committee;
- The co-opting of the first-ever female member of the FIFA Executive Committee on a one-year basis, with the first election on a four-year basis due to be held at the 2013 Congress;
- The approval of the FIFA Code of Conduct, laying down 11 core principles for behaviour and conduct to which all members of the football community (e.g. officials, FIFA employees, players, and associations) must adhere;
- Integrity check for any candidate to be elected by the Congress:
- Enhanced financial controls of the development programmes via:
• Establishment of a development committee
• Stricter control of development funds (e.g. audits, requirements)
• Publication of use of funds (on FIFA’s website FIFA.com)
• New development regulations which ensure further control over member associations;
- The approval by the FIFA Congress of the principle which will ensure that the decision on the hosting of the FIFA World Cup will be taken by the Congress;
- The approval of new FIFA Organisation Regulations.
· Point 13 of the agenda is a vote on the remaining reform proposals, in particular related to amendments to the FIFA Statutes, Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes and Standing Orders of the Congress.
The Congress will vote on the “draft FIFA Statutes Congress 2013” (encl. C, which can be read via the link on the right), which include the proposals made by the FIFA Executive Committee at their meeting of 21 March 2013 (these can be viewed here). Furthermore, the question of setting age limits and terms of office will also be addressed by the Congress.
· Point 14 of the agenda refers to the election by the Congress of the chairmen, deputy chairmen and members of the Audit and Compliance Committee, the Ethics Committee (both chambers), the Disciplinary Committee and the Appeal Committee.
· Point 15 of the agenda is the election by the Congress of the female member of the Executive Committee. Furthermore, the FIFA Executive Committee has decided to submit to the vote of the Congress the possibility of co-opting two additional female members of the Executive Committee.
Among the many other topics on the agenda, point 11.2 refers to the fight against discrimination and racism, where an update will be presented on the work of the recently created FIFA Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination.