EPFL Meets with Polish Presidency

EPFL Meets with Polish Presidency

The EPFL provided significant inputs to the EU Polish Presidency on sport’s most pressing challenges in a meeting held on the 20th of September in Warsaw with the Minister of Sport of Poland, Mr. Adam Giersz.  The meeting was held under a very cordial and constructive spirit and enabled both parties to address a series of matters of common concern related with areas where public policy is needed, such as good governance in sport, protection of the competition organisers’ intellectual property rights, sports betting integrity and structured dialogue between EU institutions and the sport movement.

Referring to the meeting with the EPFL, the Minister of Sport of Poland Mr. Adam Giersz stated: “During yesterday’s meeting we heard a very important voice that will help us in formulating the position of the Polish Presidency on the most important cases concerning threats to the integrity of sport and will assist in developing conclusions for the November’s meeting of the EU Council”.

“We are glad that our views were sought and indeed taken into consideration. We are confident that the conclusions of the EU Polish Presidency will respond to our concerns, particularly in the field of sports betting regulation and protection of intellectual property rights. This is vital to ensure the integrity of our competitions, its economic viability and further development”, commented the EPFL Chairman Sir David Richards.

As the pan-European umbrella organisation of the major 30 European Football Leagues and the largest employers’representative in the world of sport, holding the responsibility of representing the common interests of 900 professional clubs, the EPFL works towards continuing to develop and respond effectively to what is seemingly an ever-changing sporting, economic and politic landscape.

Aware of its role and responsibilities as a major stakeholder in European sport, the EPFL believes that dialogue and cooperation between public institutions and the sport movement is vital and that structured dialogue can provide a useful platform, only if all stakeholders are properly represented. “Any solution to the challenges faced by our sport in Europe must involve the EPFL, if it is to be effective. The success, and legitimacy, of any EU approach related to Professional Football will, inexorably, depend on it”, concluded the EPFL CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros.

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