European Commission and UEFA consolidate cooperation

Source: European Commission (EC) i, published on Wednesday, February 21 2018.

Commission and UEFA are signing a new agreement covering the period up to the end of 2020 to consolidate and strengthen their cooperation.

In the presence of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans¬†i, Tibor Navracsics¬†i, Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and Aleksander Čeferin, President of UEFA, are signing a new agreement, committing both parties to continue working together on common priorities such as the integrity of sport, good governance, respect for human rights and dignity, non-discrimination, solidarity and gender equality.

The cooperation mainly takes the form of joint campaigns and exchanges at expert level - for example to tackle racism and discrimination, and to promote social inclusion of disadvantaged groups through sport. Specific fields of cooperation cover most of the challenges sport faces today, including violence, match-fixing, fair taxation, doping and racism. This second agreement builds on the previous one which ran from 2014 to 2017.

The agreement signed today also specifically highlights the importance of cooperation on UEFA EURO 2020, the European football championships in 2020, which will be the first to be held all over Europe, involving 12 different cities. It will be an opportunity to portray a positive image of Europe and its common values, whilst at the same time celebrating its cultural diversity.

The Commission and UEFA agree on the importance of making the EURO 2020 a socially responsible and sustainable event leaving a positive legacy, while at the same time addressing challenges such as ensuring smooth travel across borders, safety and security.

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