FIFA and UEFA today welcomed high-level delegation of the Polish government and Polish Football Association (PZPN) at the home of FIFA to discuss the improving state of football matters in the country. The meeting, initiated at the proposal of Professor Michal Kleiber, advisor to Polish President Lech Kaczynski, was opened by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and held in an extremely positive and cooperative spirit.
The focus of the meeting was to receive a report of the progress made by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), a multi-party commission (with representatives from the Polish government, FIFA and UEFA) that had been established through a landmark agreement between President Kaczynski and President Blatter in March of 2007.
During the meeting, FIFA and UEFA expressed satisfaction with the positive momentum achieved by the commission, especially with respect to the ongoing development of the statutes and electoral calendar of the PZPN. The participants unanimously agreed that amendments to the statutes must be made to guarantee the fair representation of all stakeholders within the Polish football family and that regional electoral processes must be initiated immediately in order to pave the way for national elections in the course of 2008. These results were quite welcome in light of UEFA's decision to award the EURO 2012 competition to Poland and Ukraine.
The meeting closed with all parties reaffirming their continued cooperation. FIFA & UEFA will continue to monitor the progress of football matters in Poland in close cooperation with Professor Kleiber, Chairman of the IEC.
Participating in the meeting, among others, were FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke, FIFA Director of International Affairs Jerome Champagne, UEFA Head of National Associations Jacob Erel and PZPN President Michal Listkiewicz.