Ueps Exectutive Committee Meeting - Athens Fubruary 2008
The Committee re-convened onFebruary 25 to discuss the first draftof the new statutes. The
Committee examined and modified the 11-page documentpoint by point before presentingthe
revised version to Attorney at LawDimitris K. Avgitidis. Following furtherminor alterations,
Mr. Avgitidis said thestatutes conformed to Belgian andEuropean Community laws and also
complied with the AIPS Statutes.
AIPS wasregistered in Lausanne, Switzerland, whichwas not a member of the European
Community and was, therefore, not subjectto the same jurisdiction.
Answering points of dispute raised in a letter fromAIPS lawyer Francois Carrard, he said our new
statutes were lawful and he wouldreply to Mr. Carrard's letter. The newstatutes will be circulated
to UEPSNational Associations.President Jakobsche thanked RikLamoral for his work in
establishing theUEPS headquarters in Brussels andorganising the January 4 visit by theUEPS
Board (President Jakobsche, secretary-general Morley Myers and treasurerYannis Daras).
The Board toured thefacilities and met with BelgianAssociation secretary-general JosSegaert,
vice-president DominiqueDelhalle, Financial Director ChristianHubert and Geert Paternoster,
who willfunction as the UEPS headquarters permanentsecretary.A report of the visit was carried
onthe UEPS website. The registration procedure,according to Belgian law, wasbeing
processed and UEPS had alreadyprinted new official paper reflecting thechanges.Rik Lamoral,
president of the BelgianSportspress Association, said the newheadquarters was ready for
President Jakobsche told the committeehe had received a request for financialsupport from the
Nordic countries to gotowards the cost of last year's NordicCongress. The Committee agreed
inprinciple pending further details.
UEPS/UEFA FOOTBALL SEMINARS.
Yannis Daras said he had attended theFeb. 10-12 seminar in Lyon. The speakers,who
included UEFA media director William Gaillard had been excellent.
He praised the efforts of co-ordinator Jean-Paul Savart.
The Committee decided toappoint Jerzy Jakobsche and YannisDaras as supervisors to set up
a list ofcriteria which must be met by potentialorganisers of future seminars. Theremust be a
road-map, setting out timelines and check lists, includinga comprehensive budget plan.UEFA,
as the major stakeholder,needed to be involved inthe process from start to finish.Because of the
nature ofhis role in financial dealings,the Committee agreed thatYannis Daras should have
a new title of Financial Directorinstead of Treasurer.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONSMEETING, KLAGENFURT,AUSTRIA
This topic produced muchdiscussion, with uncertaintyabout how many NationalAssociations
would be present.Preparations had alsobeen handicapped by the hospitalisationof co-ordinator
Guenter Pfeistlinger.Fortunately he was recoveringwell from his injury, but hisincapacity had been
AIPS CONGRESS/UEPSCONTINENTAL MEETING, BEIJING
The Committee criticised the indadequatetime given over to the ContinentalSections for
their meetings in Beijing andalso commented on the failure of AIPS toobserve their own
AIPS statutes at lastyear's Bregenz Congress when the onlylegitimate candidate for the
2009 Congresswas not even put on the table to be votedon.
EXTRAORDINARY UEPS CONGRESS,CRETE, GREECE,
Yannis Daras reported that preparationswere well in advance for theExtraordinary
Congress and the 2ndSchool for Sports Journalists which wouldcontinue through the
following two days.The "School" would also be integratedwith the UEPS/UEFA
football seminar. Hehad produced a DVD and a brochurewhich would be circulated
to nationalassociations, complementing further promotionon our website.
Following the success of the 30th UEPSAnniversary Magazine, Yannis Daras told the
Committee a 64-page magazinewould be published in time for theKlagenfurt meeting.