Fruitful talks between FIFA and Council of Europe
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter on Tuesday welcomed a delegation from the Council of Europe led by Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg), chairperson of the ad hoc sub-committee on the reform of international football. Domenico Scala, chairman of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee, also attended the meeting.

This meeting followed a series of steps taken by the Council of Europe in the area of sport, notably a resolution on good governance and ethics in sport in 2012.

President Blatter said: “It’s been quite a historical moment to welcome a high-ranking delegation from such a respected institution like the Council of Europe. I appreciated very much the spirit of dialogue which prevailed during our meeting. It gave us the opportunity to answer the delegates’ questions and provide a lot of information on FIFA and its core missions, as well as an update on our governance scheme, following the overwhelming approval of FIFA’s reform process by the FIFA Congress in May. I look forward to further exchanges with the Council of Europe."

FIFA and the Council of Europe have agreed to meet on a regular basis in the future and thus continue the dialogue.

The Council of Europe and FIFA delegations included:
For the Council of Europe:
Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg), chairperson of the ad hoc sub-committee on the reform of international football
André Schneider (France), deputy chairperson of the ad hoc sub-committee
Michael Connarty (Scotland), member of the ad hoc sub-committee and chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Education, Youth and Sport
Andreas Gross (Switzerland), member of the ad hoc sub-committee
Maximilian Reimann (Switzerland), member of the ad hoc sub-committee

For FIFA:
Joseph S. Blatter, President
Markus Kattner, Deputy Secretary General
Marco Villiger, Director of Legal Affairs
Walter De Gregorio, Director of Communications and Public Affairs