EPFL Chairman Frédéric Thiriez meets EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics

EPFL EU Commission Signing 

EPFL supports the European Week of Sport

(Milan, 1-2 December 2014) – EPFL Chairman Frédéric Thiriez met the newly appointed EU Commissioner for Education, Culture and Sport Tibor Navracsics on occasion of the EU Sport Forum.

During the meeting, the EPFL Chairman and the EU Commissioner had the opportunity to discuss some of the key priorities currently impacting professional football and the EU sphere such as the integrity of the game, a greater and more fair financial solidarity mechanism  as well as the protection of sports organizers’ rights.

Within this context, Frédéric Thiriez stressed the importance of dealing with careful attention when it comes to the Copyright framework at EU level.  The European Leagues rely on intellectual property and especially copyright law to sell rights and create income that can be reinvested in the game. Being able to exploit commercially their competitions and to protect them against any infringements in their respective territories is the key to a sustainable financing of both professional and grassroots sports.

Furthermore, the EPFL Chairman pointed out the key role and contribution played by the leagues, as major employers’representative, in the European Social Dialogue for the professional football sector as well as the European Leagues’ commitment in the EU Expert Groups established by the EU Work Plan for Sport (2014-2017)

EPFL EU Commission Meeting

In addition, during the event, the EPFL Chairman signed a co-operation agreement with the European Commission in which the European Leagues officialised their support towards the European Week of Sport 2015, an initiative of the European Commission to promote participation in sport and physical activity among European citizens. More concretely, the EPFL and its Member Leagues will actively support and contribute with their communication platforms and audience reach to the awareness-raising activities developed by the European Commission in the context of this initiative.

Last, but not least, on occasion of a panel discussion on match-fixing, the EPFL had the opportunity to present the excellent results of its prevention and educational programme “Staying on Side” developed in collaboration with the anti-corruption agency Transparency international and co-financed by the European Commission.


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