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UEFA and European Commission strike new deal

UEFA have announced the renewal of their agreement for cooperation with the European Commission. The deal will take the partnership to ‘new levels’ as they focus on the ‘priority challenges’ that they both face.

Originally structured in 2014, it will now run until at least 2025 with particular focus on climate action, social inclusion and equality for all. This comes as the European Commission highlight UEFA’s greater responsibility as the governing body of European football and how important the views of fans and other stakeholders are as they look to move forward.

Included in the agreement is a commitment to the promotion of unity between the various levels of the game. Women’s and grassroots were amongst those to be mentioned with specific focus on fairness, integrity, financial sustainability, competitive balance, gender equality and good governance.

Meanwhile they also highlighted a commitment to ‘protect and strengthen the European Sport Model, based on European values.’


“UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin and European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas renewed today at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels the EC-UEFA Arrangement for Cooperation first entered into in 2014.

The European Commission recognises the huge reach and potential of UEFA’s pan-European events as moments of European unity promoting the European way of life and celebrating its cultural diversity.

Joint efforts in this regard will be intensified across relevant UEFA events and competitions. In particular the flagship men’s and women’s Champions League and European Championships. This includes a strategic focus on the men’s EURO 2024 in Germany and Women’s EURO 2025.”

Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas had his say on the agreement. The 60-year-old believes unity is the key to achieving the long term goals of each organisation.

“Europe’s core principle is solidarity. UEFA and the European Commission will ensure that UEFA’s competitions remain a success story embedded in our European Sport Model.

This is a unique partnership. We will keep working within the existing structures and framework in full alignment with European objectives towards serving and bringing together European society and citizens.”

Meanwhile UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin also highlighted how the two organisations share a strong relationship;

“These last years have been an intense period of cooperation between UEFA and our EU partners in facing generational challenges to the European way of life and our European sports model.

As this agreement signals, our partnership – based on decades of trust and open relations – is stronger than ever. We have a roadmap to develop ambitiously into the future together for the benefit of all.”

You can view the full joint statement between UEFA and the European Commission here:

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