FIFA President Blatter today welcomed to the Home of FIFA a delegation from the Council of Europe led by Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General.

This meeting was a follow-up to a working lunch in Strasbourg on 4 November 2013 and focused on various sports-related topics offering possibilities for concrete and constructive cooperation between the two institutions.

Among other topics, FIFA provided an update on the implementation process of the Handshake for Peace initiative and on the series of governance reforms that have been implemented in the last few years, and provided information on the host selection process for the FIFA World Cup™. Other subjects addressed were the Council of Europe’s current work on the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions and the Convention on Spectator Violence.

FIFA President Blatter said: “Sport and the public authorities need each other in order to achieve meaningful and far-reaching synergies so that sport and football can release their full potential for the benefit of our society. We look forward to strengthening this constructive dialogue between our two institutions on the various topics that were discussed today.”

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe said: “FIFA and the Council of Europe have agreed to meet on a regular basis in the future and thus continue the dialogue. It is important to work together with FIFA on promoting the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions and the newly revised Convention on Spectator Violence.”