EPFL seen as best practice example to inspire European Rugby League’s governance reform

RLEF General Manger Danny Kazandjian and EPFL CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros
RLEF General Manger Danny Kazandjian and EPFL CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros

Good Governance is currently one of the most critical issues facing Professional Sport at global level. It is also placed high at the top of the EPFL’s agenda and priorities for the current season.

In an attempt to reshape old governance within European sport, the EPFL has taken a guiding role at the Seminar on ‘Governance Reform’ organised by the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) yesterday in Geneva.

The introductory speech was delivered by the EPFL CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, who highlighted the EPFL’s vision, strategy and main proposals to meet the mounting challenges currently facing professional football. During his presentation, Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros affirmed the EPFL’s willingness to continue cooperating with the Rugby League European Federation on all areas of common interest and further assist this organisation their governance reform.

The event gathered several members of the RLEF who had the opportunity to review best practices and techniques applied in the field of governance by the European Football Leagues, specifically related with their structure, organisation, operations and financial aspects, which was presented by the EPFL Head of Cabinet, Jair Bertoni.

The EPFL also actively collaborated to set up the agenda of the meeting by involving key knowledgeable speakers in the area of relationship between Leagues and Sponsors, with the outstanding intervention of Roger Muller from the Swiss Football League, as well as  and Sylvia Schenk from Transparency International, who comprehensively addressed governance measures and processes that any international sport body should develop and implement, in particular focusing in the case of the FIFA governance reform. Both topics were discussed during this fruitful brainstorming working session.

With regard to the cooperative relation with the EPFL and the outcome of the Seminar, RLEF General Manager Danny Kazandjian said: “On behalf of the RLEF I would like to thank the EPFL for their support and co-operation. The principle of good governance is dear to both our organisations and the opportunity to share experiences and best practice with both the EPFL and their associates from the European family of football has and will continue to benefit European rugby league’s ongoing development.”

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