Trittin supports environmental concept for 2006 FIFA World Cup
Juergen Trittin, the Federal German Minister for the Environment, assured his support for working out an environmental concept for the 2006 FIFA World Cup to the German Football Association, DFB, and the Organising Committee, OC. "The Football World Cup should also be a success from the environmental protection viewpoint", he said in a discussion with DFB Vice President Dr. Hans-Georg Moldenhauer and DFB General Secretary and OC Vice President Horst R. Schmidt in Berlin.
"With the decision of the DFB Executive and the Organising Commitee to work out an environmental concept for the 2006 World Cup there is a good chance for an environmental-friendly organisation of this major sports event in five years' time", Trittin said. Germany could thus present itself not only as a competent organiser but also as a good host regarding environmental protection.
The DFB had already obligated itself in its bid to define clear environmental aims. "This must be even more evaluated as FIFA - contrary to the International Olympic Committee - had not made an environmental concept a condition for the bidding countries", Trittin praised the initiative. The DFB will complement the criteria for selecting the venues laid down in the FIFA guidelines by environmental-political guidelines. In addition to solely infra-structural conditions (capacity, quality standards, security, transport) regional standpoints will also be considered for the selections of the World Cup venues.
Sixteen stadia are bidding to become World Cup venues. Probably ten to twelve cities will be selected as venues by FIFA. "We would like this decision to be taken by the end of 2002 in order to assure early planning in the cities", OC Vice President Horst R. Schmidt disclosed. In addition to the skeleton conditions for the stadia the development of an environmental-friendly transport concept will be a special challenge. Thus the combination of match tickets offering free use of local public transport should become an obligation.