EC Meeting in ELIA - May 2007 Greece
1.Bregrenz AIPS Congress / Continental meetings
It was agreed staging the Congress in three different countries was a flawed concept,
involving unnecessary travel. There were also too many presentations. This impacted on
the Continental meetings with not enough time to conduct UEPS business.
2. Beijing 2008 AIPS Congress
The Committee felt the Continental meetings should be allocated a full working day
in order to deal with important matters. It was necessary to update the statutes, taking
into account the proposal to hold the UEPS Congress every two years instead of
annually in addition to obtaining legal status in Brussels. Such measures would make it
necessary to have an Extraordinary UEPS Congress in Europe next year. In future, the
UEPS Congress should be held one year before and one year after AIPS Congresses.
It was suggested it may it may be possible to combine the Extraordinary UEPS Congress
with the 2nd Summer School for Young Journalists. Treasurer Yannis Daras proposed
the Greek island of Crete as the venue, an idea which was supported by the Committee
in view of the great success of the inaugural Summer School.
3. AIPS/UEPS Relations
It was agreed there should be more communication between the two bodies and that
UEPS should inform AIPS of future projects in a formal manner. AIPS would then be
unable to claim they had no knowledge of such projects as our 30th anniversary
magazine and the Summer School when asked to provide financial support as had
been common practice in the past. The Committee also agreed in principle to integrate
the UEPS website with the new AIPS website, while retaining the UEPS website address.
However, it was decided UEPS would continue to publish its own magazine.
President Jerzy Jakobsche and treasurer Yannis Daras reported successful discussions
with UEFA Communications Director William Gaillard relating to UEFA's support for
future football seminars. Mr. Gaillard, who attended the opening ceremony of the Summer
School, praised the quality of the previous joint projects. "President Jakobsche said it was
hoped to stage more football seminars in the future.
5. Date of next meeting
It was confirmed that the next UEPS Committee meeting would be held in Zagreb
Nov.2-5. There was also a possibility that the Committee would also meet in Paris
on January 25, 2008 for the 50th anniversary celebration of the USJSF.