EPFL ad interim Chairman Frédéric Thiriez attended the EU Sports Forum 2013 in Vilnius
The European Leagues’ Chairman Frédéric Thiriez was invited by the European Commissioner for Sport, Androulla Vassiliou, to address the regulation of the transfer of players
The EPFL was actively represented at the EU Sports Forum 2013 by Frédéric Thiriez and Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, respectively Chairman and CEO of the European Leagues’ Association. The event took place in Vilnius, on the 30th of September and the 1st of October 2013, on occasion of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Bringing together European sports ministers and high representatives of the sports movement, the Sports Forum is the most important appointment for sports policymakers in the EU calendar.
On the occasion, Frédéric Thiriez took part in a panel debate focused on the regulation of the transfers of players together with other senior representatives from FIFA, UEFA, ECA, FIFPro and other sports organisations.
During its intervention, the EPFL Chairman recalled how the transfer system is depending on an employment system based on contracts of limited duration, which are the norm in professional sports, and stressed how the Bosman ruling was at the very base of the explosion of players’transfer fees, whose high amount were denounced by the European Commission study on the economic and legal aspects of this sector.
Furthermore, Frédéric Thiriez sized the opportunity to call for a joint action at European level aimed to a better regulation and greater transparency in the whole transfer system, with a particular reference to the issue of the high compensation and fees paid the clubs to agents.
Finally, the EPFL Chairman concluded by stating that the whole sports movement is willing to work with the European Commission to further improve the transfer regulation, provided that neither the creation of a new tax on transfers nor additional bureaucracy will be added to an already complex system.
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