The 41st Ordinary UEFA Congress in the Finnish capital on Wednesday will see Europe's national football associations vote on proposed UEFA good governance reforms, and elections will be held for seats on the UEFA Executive Committee and FIFA Council.
Good governance reforms and elections are the key items on the agenda for the 41st Ordinary UEFA Congress, which takes place at the Fair Centre Messukeskus in Helsinki on Wednesday.
UEFA and its 55 member associations will convene in the Finnish capital for the latest gathering of Europe’s football parliament, which is held annually.
The associations will be called on to ratify a series of proposed reforms which are aimed at strengthening UEFA and increasing its transparency in the years to come, and which were endorsed by the UEFA Executive Committee at its meeting in Nyon in February.
UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin has expressed the conviction that the proposed reforms will strengthen UEFA in its overall mission to develop and protect European football.
If accepted by the European associations, the reforms will be laid down in the UEFA statutes.
Elections will take place in Helsinki. Twelve candidates are standing for eight four-year terms on the UEFA Executive Committee. In elections to the FIFA Council, three candidates are seeking four-year terms, and one further candidate is standing for a two-year term.
The Congress will be asked to approve the UEFA financial statements for 2015/16 and the budget for 2017/18, as well as the report of the UEFA President and the Executive Committee, and report of the UEFA administration, both for 2015/16.
Finally, ratification will be sought from the associations for the composition of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body, which oversees the application of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations.
Content available to journalists on 5 April will include:
- B-roll material
- Clips from the key note address from UEFA President, Aleksander Čeferin
- Soundbites/interview with UEFA President
- Still images
WHAT IS THE UEFA CONGRESS?
The UEFA Congress is the parliament of European football.
It brings UEFA together with the presidents and general secretaries of its 55 member associations, who are asked to discuss and vote upon measures and proposals, as well as elect UEFA’s senior officials.
The major events that have taken place at UEFA’s Congresses in recent years include the election of UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin (2016); Kosovo’s admission as UEFA’s 55th member association (2016); adoption of a resolution aimed at tackling match-fixing and corruption in football (2014); and the issuing of a resolution underlining European football's commitment to combating racism (2013).
An Ordinary Congress takes place each year. A second Ordinary Congress may be called by the UEFA Executive Committee to deal with financial matters and/or matters of particular significance.
An Extraordinary Congress may be called by the UEFA Executive Committee, or at the written request of one-fifth or more of the UEFA member associations.
UEFA’s President chairs the Congress.
The UEFA Congress has the following powers:
- election of the UEFA President
- election of UEFA Executive Committee members
- election of the European members of the FIFA Council
- election of the auditing body
- amendment of the UEFA Statutes
- discussion of and decisions on proposals
- consideration of associations’ applications for UEFA membership, and the exclusion of a member association
- decisions on lifting or continuing the suspension of a member association, UEFA Executive Committee member or a member of another body
- consideration of proposals for the dismissal of a UEFA Executive Committee member or members of the UEFA organs for the administration of justice - the UEFA disciplinary bodies, (Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body, Appeals Body); the ethics and disciplinary inspectors, and the Club Financial Control Body
- receipt and consideration of the annual UEFA President and Executive Committee report, as well as the annual UEFA administration report
- acknowledgement of the UEFA financial report and auditors' report
- approval of UEFA’s annual accounts, as well as the UEFA annual budget for the coming period
- awarding of honorary UEFA membership to a person for outstanding service to European football