FIFA President Infantino welcomes European Commission Vice-President to FIFA Headquarters
FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Reuters
ZURICH, Switzerland: FIFA President receives Vice-President of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas in Zurich to discuss several key topics; Vice-President Schinas was also accompanied by EU Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein Petros Mavromichalis as part of his delegation; Topics on the agenda included the FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022 and the future of football.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino welcomed a high-level delegation, led by European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, to Zurich for bilateral discussions on a host of key football, society and development issues. global game development.
The exchange gave the two sides the opportunity to discuss several important topics that affect football across the globe, such as the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, proposals relating to the international match schedule, reforms of the international transfer system and FIFA’s ongoing work to create the first-ever independent international safe sports entity.
“Thanks to the FIFA World Cup, profound change is underway in Qatar – paving the way forward for the region,” said the FIFA President.
“As independent international experts have repeatedly stated, hardly ever in history has a state accomplished such far-reaching reforms in such a short time.” “FIFA appreciates the opportunity to have an open and constructive dialogue with the European Commission,” added the FIFA President.
“The European Commission is an important partner both in Europe and globally in many aspects of football development, from our ongoing work to create the first-ever independent international safe sports entity, to reforms of the international transfer system and in relation to the ongoing dialogue around the international match calendar.
Commenting on the visit, Vice President Schinas said: “As we begin 2022, we enter a very important year for all of us. For sport, for Europe and for young people around the world. It’s the European Year of Youth, and the year will end with the FIFA World Cup – always a joyful moment of European and global solidarity.
“I welcome President Infantino who is openly discussing with us the progress made in Qatar since 2010, as well as the opportunity to discuss the future of the football consultation process, plans to reform the international transfer system and honorable job done to ensure everyone involved in the sport can do so in a safe and secure manner.