This week was an important milestone for FIFA on the road to greater transparency, zero tolerance towards wrong-doing on and off the pitch, and good governance. In addition to the press conference with Prof. Mark Pieth, the Chairman of the Independent Governance Committee, two of the four Task Forces, whose creation were announced on 21 October 2011, had their opening meetings.
On Tuesday 29 November, the Transparency and Compliance Task Force, chaired by Frank Van Hattum, President of the New Zealand FA with Juan Angel Napout, President of the Paraguayan FA as its vice chairman, had its first meeting at the Home of FIFA in Zurich. Amongst other duties, this task force will be looking at creating a Code of Conduct, the screening of committee members, a review of internal and external compliance and governance and a review of the role of the Audit Committee by May 2012.
On Wednesday 30 November, the Revision of Statutes Task Force, chaired by Theo Zwanziger (President of the German FA), met for the first time. This Task Force will be looking at revising the FIFA Statutes, with the goal being to submit it to the 2012 FIFA Congress for approval and implementation in 2013.